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Brian Robinson dead: first Briton to win stage of Tour de France dies at 91

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Bryan Robinson in 1956 - Bryan Robinson is dead: First Briton to win a Tour de France stage dies at 91 - Pennsylvania
Bryan Robinson in 1956 – Bryan Robinson is dead: First Briton to win a Tour de France stage dies at 91 – Pennsylvania

Bryan Robinson, one of the pioneers of British road cycling and the first British stage winner of the Tour de France, has died at the age of 91.

The Yorkshireman, who rode his home roads on an e-bike well into his 80s, was one of the first two Britons to complete the Tour alongside Tony Hoare in 1955. Robinson then won Britain’s first Tour stage victory in 1958, then another in 1959.

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He was also the first British winner of the Dauphiné Libéré, now known as the Criterium du Dauphiné, in 1961 and finished on the podium at Milan-San Remo.

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BUT extremely respected figure in the cycling communityRobinson paved the way for the likes of Tom Simpson, his friend, who became the first Brit to wear the Tour yellow jersey. But his accomplishments were only widely recognized ahead of the 2014 Grand Depart in Yorkshire, which was held very close to his home and of which he was an ambassador.

Bryan Robinson in Yorkshire Grand Depart - Anna Gowthorpe/PA
Bryan Robinson in Yorkshire Grand Depart – Anna Gowthorpe/PA
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Robinson’s brother Desmond, an amateur racing driver, once said: “If you can imagine a Frenchman winning a century against Lorde, you can imagine an Englishman winning a Tour de France stage.”

Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Robinson joined the Huddersfield Road Club as a teenager and later began racing between working for the family construction company and national service with the Royal Yorkshire Light Infantry.

“We were marching twice as fast as anyone else,” he once told Telegraph Sport. “The rule was that Olympic opportunities didn’t go overseas. So that saved me from going to Korea with the other guys that I joined in York with. none of them returned.”

Robinson competed for Great Britain at the 1952 Olympics before turning professional, taking part in the Tour for the first time in 1955 when he finished 29th.

He retired at the age of 33, returning to work as a construction worker, but continued to drive 80 miles a week even into his 80s.

In 2015, at the age of 84, he compensation of £15,000 was awarded. after he was left with a broken collarbone, six broken ribs and a punctured lung after being knocked off his bike by a car. He returned to the saddle just six weeks after the accident.

Robinson’s death was announced on Wednesday by his grandson and fellow cyclist Jake Womersley, who tweeted: “It is with great sadness that Brian Robinson’s family must announce his passing yesterday.”



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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