Note: Contest has been won with a submission on July 3; winner's details in future blog entry.
Italian Cycling Journal's Tour de France contest, for an autographed set of "The Story of the Tour de France", Volumes I and II by Bill and Carol McGann, starts now. All the questions are related to Italian riders in the Tour de France.
Bill has provided 14 questions to challenge you. The rules are simple: first 14 correct answers (which Bill has provided and you must match) receives the books. Email answers to address below, do not use "Comments".
1. Who was the first Italian to wear the Yellow Jersey and when did he win it?
2. Ottavio Bottecchia was leading the Tour at the start of stage 10 of the 1923 Tour. His Automoto teammate Henri Pélissier was able to drop him on the Allos. Why?
3. What brand of derailleur did Fausto Coppi use in the 1949 Tour?
4. What brand did the rest of his (Coppi's) Bianchi teammates in the Italian Tour team use?
5. What brand of derailleur did Gino Bartali use in the 1949 Tour?
6. Who was the highest placed truly independent (meaning not part of a team) Tour finisher?
7. Who was Gino Bartali following when he crashed in stage 8 of the 1937 Tour?
8. Who was director sportif of the 1938 Italian Tour squad?
9. What was Felice Gimondi’s first professional race victory?
10. Felice Gimondi temporarily lost the yellow jersey in stage 7 of the 1965 Tour. Why did he lose time?
11. Who was Gimondi’s director in the 1965 Tour?
12. Franco Bitossi won the 1968 points classification. What color was his points leader’s jersey?
13. Felice Gimondi’s last trip to the Tour’s podium was 1972. Who was the first Italian on the Tour’s final podium after that?
14. Who holds the post-World War II record for consecutive Tour stage wins?
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