Pierre Brambilla

Pierre Brambilla (12 May 1919 at Villarbeney in Switzerland – 13 February 1984 at Grenoble, France) is a former French former professional road bicycle racer. He was of Italian origin but adopted French nationality on 9 September 1949. He was known as "la Brambille" and he won the King of the Mountains competition in the 1947 Tour de France where he also finished third overall and wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification for two days. In that 1947 Tour, Brambilla was leading the race at the penultimate day, with Aldo Ronconi at 53 seconds and Jean Robic at 2'58". At the last stage, Caen-Paris, Robic and Edouard Fachleitner attacked, and finished more than 13 minutes before Brambilla, taking the first two places. Brambilla was the first cyclist to lose the lead in the Tour de France on the last stage. Brambilla is pictured in the short story "Brambilla" by Julian Barnes, published in his collection of short stories Cross Channel (1996).

Pierre Brambilla
Personal information
Full namePierre Brambilla
NicknameLa Brambille
Born(1919-05-12)12 May 1919
Villarbeney, Switzerland
Died13 February 1984(1984-02-13) (aged 64)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional teams
1939Terrot
1942Tendil - Hutchinson
1944Mercier - Hutchinson
1946–1949Metropole - Dunlop
1950Mervil
1951Alcyon - Dunlop
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (1947)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (1942)

Major resultsEdit

1939
Lyon - Grenoble - Lyon (with Giuseppe Martino)
1941
Montluçon
1942
Vuelta a España:
Winner stage 10
Mountains classification circuit de France
1943
Carcassonne
Circuit du Mont Ventoux
Course du Mont Chauve
GP d'Espéraza
GP Haute Savoie
Perpignan
1945
Annecy - Grenoble - Annecy
1946
Tour de l'Ouest
1947
Paris - Clermont-Ferrand
Tour de France:
Winner Mountains classification
3rd place overall classification
Wearing yellow jersey for two days
1949
Cahors

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