Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jean Dotto

Jean Dotto
Jean Dotto (March 27, 1928, -  February 20, 2000) was the first French racing cyclist to win in 1956 the Veulta a Espana. He rode the Tour de France 13 times, finishing in fourth place in 1954. 

Dotto was a good climber. He became an independent, or semi-professional, in 1948. His first year as a independent he won a race up Mont Ventoux and also won Marseille-Toulon-Marseille. In 1950 Dotto won the climb of La Turbie, near Nice. He turned professional in 1951 for France-Sport-Dunlop and won five races, including three hill climbs, in his first season. He rode until 1963, winning 35 races, including the Dauphiné-Libéré twice. He won stage 19 of the 1954 Tour de France and next year won the Vuelta by beating Julio Jiménez of Spain and Raphael Geminiani of France.
Jean Dotto at the 1956 Vuelta a Espana

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