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1966 Paris–Roubaix

1966 Paris–Roubaix
Race details
Dates17 April 1966
Distance262.5[1] km (163.1 mi)
Winning time6h 59' 26"
  Winner  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Salvarani)
  Second  Jan Janssen (NED) (Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune)
  Third  Gustaaf De Smet (BEL) (Wiel's–Gancia-Groene Leeuw)
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The 1966 Paris–Roubaix was the 64th edition of the Paris–Roubaix cycle race and was held on 17 April 1966.[2] The race started in Compiègne and finished in Roubaix.[3]

The 262.5 kilometres (163.1 mi) course included the 1.1 kilometres (0.68 mi) cobbled Pas Roland climb up to Mons-en-Pévèle, with a average gradient of 4% and a maximum gradient of 8%. The race was won by Italian rider Felice Gimondi of the Salvarani team, who attacked on the Pas Roland climb before soloing to the finish in Roubaix.[4] The Pas Roland climb was subsequently paved with asphalt before the 1967 edition of the race.[4]

General classification

Final general classification[2][3][5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani 6h 59' 26"
2  Jan Janssen (NED) Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune + 4' 08"
3  Gustaaf De Smet (BEL) Wiel's–Gancia-Groene Leeuw + 4' 08"
4  Willy Planckaert (BEL) Roméo–Smith's + 4' 08"
5  Jos Huysmans (BEL) Dr. Mann–Grundig + 4' 08"
6  Rudi Altig (FRG) Molteni + 4' 08"
7  Willy Bocklant (BEL) Dr. Mann–Grundig + 4' 08"
8  Arthur Decabooter (BEL) Wiel's–Gancia-Groene Leeuw + 4' 08"
9  Rik Van Looy (BEL) Solo–Superia + 4' 08"
10  Gerben Karstens (NED) Televizier–Batavus + 4' 08"


  1. ^ "Paris-Roubaix (World Tour)". BikeRaceInfo. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "1966 Paris - Roubaix". BikeRaceInfo. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "64ème Paris-Roubaix 1966". Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 12 November 2005.
  4. ^ a b "Paris-Roubaix: Moments that have defined cycling's most-loved Monument". Global Cycling Network. Retrieved 2024-04-10. A climb adjacent to Mons-en-Pévèle, Caouin, featured in 1958 but the cobbled hike to the village itself was introduced in 1966, as one of the race's most fearsome tests. The race organisers plotted a route up the notoriously rough lane known as 'Pas-Roland', and the cobbles instantly made an impact, with Felice Gimondi attacking and reaching the top of the sector alone. He would ride the next 40km solo to win his first and only Paris-Roubaix title, but the Pas-Roland was soon paved over, as was the common treatment for much of the pavé in those days.
  5. ^ "1966 Paris - Roubaix". First Cycling. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
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