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1959 Manx Premier Race

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Memorable Racing in the Isle of Man

Was this the greatest ever field to start a pro road race in the British Isles? Those that were there say that it was and it certainly has all the ingredients.

Il Campionissimo started as No 1 followed by three separate winners of the Tour de France. Now pro world champions have ridden on British Roads a number of times - but it would hard to find any field of riders with so many Grand Tour victories between them. Count them up; Coppi - 7 victories, Bobet - 3 victories, Anquetil - 8 victories plus, of course, Walkowiak with his 1956 Tour de France win. The only other events that would come close would be when the World Championships or a stage of the Tour de France came to Britain. Even then finding more than 19 grand tour victories in the field would be a challenge.

Manx Premier Professional

Wednesday 17 June 1959

 

Team: Coppi

 

1

F Coppi

Italy

2

A Kazianka

Poland

3

G Boni

Italy

4

M Gismondi

Italy

5

C Cassano

Italy

 

Team: Mercier

 

6

L Bobet

France

7

J Bobet

France

8

P Gouget

France

9

A Dupre

France

10

J Andrews

England

 

Team: Helyett

 

11

J Anquetil

France

12

A Darrigade

France

13

J Plaudet

France

14

E Delberghe

France

15

S Elliott

Ireland

 

Team: Geminiani

 

16

R Geminiani

France

17

P Everaert

France

18

B Robinson

England

19

M Dejouhannet

France

20

P De Haan

Holland

 

Team: Peugeot

 

21

R Walkowiak

France

22

C Le Menn

France

23

P Ruby

France

24

C Colette

France

25

M Rohrbach

France

 

Team: Viking Cycles

 

26

A S Brittain

 

27

B Haskell

 

28

G O’Brien

 

29

T W Oldfield

 

30

J A Ryan

 

 

Team: Elswick-Hopper

 

31

R Coe

 

32

O G Blower

 

33

J R Geddes

 

34

H T Reynolds

 

35

F R A Clements

 

 

Team: Middlekamp

 

36

J Do Roo

Holland

37

P L Rentmeester

Holland

38

J J Huissoon

Holland

 

Team: O’Brien-Wilson

 

39

D Bedwell

 

40

J F Wilson

 

41

S Wilson

 

42

A Bladon

 

43

D Petty

 

44

J A George

 

 

Team: -

 

45

J P Murphy

Canada

 

Team: Langsett

 

46

 B Clayton

 

47

A Williamson

 

48

K A Lyne

 

49

M Coupe

 

 

Team: Witcomb Trading

 

50

B C Pusey

 

 

Team: Ovaltine-Alp

 

51

D H Orford

 

52

A Hoyland

 

53

P McFarlane

 

54

P A Ryalls

 

55

G Shaw

 

56

B Trippett

 

 

Team: Wally Green

 

57

M Horder

Australia

58

J Morris

 

59

F Ward

 

60

R Spencer

 

61

T Smith

 

 

Team: Armstrong

 

62

I F Brown

 

 

Team: Ellis Briggs

 

63

A R Hitchen

 

64

P Ellison

 

65

K W Balmworth

 

66

K Jowett

 

 

Team: Sid Mottram

 

67

A J Kershaw

 

68

D Etchells

 

69

E White

 

70

J Bennett

 

 

Team: Bev Wood-Sillkin

 

71

P Street

 

72

R J Magee

 

73

A Hope

 

 

Other Riders

 

74

P Nowell

Lune RCC

75

A B Keenahan

Tame Valley

76

G J Vines

Condor

77

D Hutton

Jack Hearne

78

R L Sunderland

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