The 1966 Tour de France
was the 53rd Tour de France
, taking place June 21 to July
14, 1966. It consisted of 22 stages over 4303 km, ridden at an
average speed of 36.760 km/h.
was a domestique
of 5-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil
. Aimar joined a breakaway
in the middle of the tour and ended up on the leader board.
Anquetil then began helping Aimar win the Tour, to make sure and
deny it to his then-enemy Poulidor. After stage 18 Aimar's victory
was certain barring disaster, Anquetil had ridden hard that day to
ensure it, and then quit the race.
During the Tour word spread that there was going to be a dope test,
and all the riders but Raymond
, the darling of French cycling fans, left their
hotels. The other riders staged a strike in protest during stage 9
dismounting and walking their bicycles. Eventually they started
riding again, but only after arguing with officials.
Stages with a * were individual
, stages marked with 2
were team time trials