Tom Simpson’s Reign in Spain: A Redux

Forty years ago, Tom Simpson emerged victorious at the professional world championships conducted in San Sebastian, Spain. Recently, Edmond Hood elegantly situated Simpson’s legacy amongst the pantheon of cycling’s elite. Fittingly, a piece of Tom Simpson returned to Spain for this year’s world professional road race, borne by young British pro Tom Southam. As this photo illustrates, Southam wore a piece of Simpson’s base layer, used by Simpson during his 1965 world title effort, wrapped around his wrist. Unfortunately for Southam, his gesture of tribute to Simpson came up short and he DNFed in Madrid. Roger Hammond was Great Britain’s highest finisher, rolling in for 41st 25 seconds behind Boonen.

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