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Roger Pingeon

Roger Pingeon
Pingeon in 1972
Personal information
  • Le grand échassier (The Great Stilt Walker)
  • Le plombier-zingueur (The Plumber)[1]
Born(1940-08-28)28 August 1940
Hauteville-Lompnes, Vichy France
Died19 March 2017(2017-03-19) (aged 76)
Beaupont, France
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb)[1]
Team information
Professional teams
1973Rokado–De Gribaldy
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (1967)
4 individual stages (1967, 1968, 1969)
Vuelta a España
General classification (1969)
2 individual stages (1969)

Roger Pingeon (pronounced [ʁɔʒe pɛ̃ʒɔ̃]; 28 August 1940 – 19 March 2017) was a professional road bicycle racer from France.[2]


Growing up near the Jura Mountains, he was a cross-country skier as a teenager before taking up bicycle racing. He spent two years in Algeria on military service before starting his professional cycling career relatively late.[3] He raced as a professional from 1964 to 1974. In 1967, Pingeon won the Tour de France. In 1969, Pingeon won the Vuelta a España and finished second behind Eddy Merckx in the Tour de France.[4] He took a total of four Tour de France stage wins and finished in the top five of the race's general classification three times during his career. After retiring from competition he worked as a consultant for Radio Télévision Suisse between 1979 and 1998.[1] Pingeon died on 19 March 2017 at his home in the village of Beaupont in the Ain department, about 100 km away from his hometown of Hauteville-Lompnes, after suffering a heart attack.[3]

Career achievements

Major results


1st Poly Lyonnaise
2nd Grand Prix de la Trinité
2nd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
5th Grand Prix des Nations
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
7th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
12th Overall Tour de France
2nd Overall Critérium National
1st Stage 2
2nd Mont Faron hill climb
4th Grand Prix des Nations
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 5a
1st Stage 2 Paris–Luxembourg
2nd Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
3rd Gênes–Nice
4th Boucles de la Seine
5th Trofeo Baracchi (with Raymond Poulidor)
7th Paris–Tours
2nd National Road Race Championship
3rd Overall Critérium National
3rd Grand Prix of Baden-Baden (with Charly Grosskost)
3rd Mont Faron hill climb
5th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 15 & 18
Combativity Award
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 12 & 14b (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 9
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Mountains classification
9th Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
3rd Grand Prix de Saint-Raphaël
3rd Mont Faron Hill Climb
4th Overall Critérium National
3rd Trophée Baracchi (with Bernard Thévenet)
3rd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
5th Grand Prix des Nations
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Grand Prix de Plumelec
1st Prix de Saint-Claud
1st Prix de La Bastide
3rd Trophée des Grimpeurs
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

Grand Tour results timeline

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
Tour de France 12 8 1 5 2 DNF-7B DNE DNF-9 DNE 11
Stages won 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Mountains classification 15 9 5 4 2 NR NR NR
Points classification 17 NR 8 11 4 NR NR NR
Stages won 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR
Points classification N/A NR NR
Stages won 2 0
Mountains classification 2 NR
Points classification NR NR
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did not enter
DNF-x Did not finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did not start (not started on stage x)
HD Finished outside time limit (occurred on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not ranked in this classification


  1. ^ a b c d "Carnet noir: Le cycliste Roger Pingeon est décédé" [Black book: The cyclist Roger Pingeon is dead]. Le Matin (Switzerland) (in French). 19 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76
  3. ^ a b "Roger Pingeon, la mort de l'échassier" [Roger Pingeon, the death of the wader]. La Voix du Nord (daily) (in French). 19 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Roger Pingeon.
  5. ^ "Palmarès de Roger Pingeon (Fra)" (in French). Mémoire du cyclisme. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
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