The 1964 Milan-San Remo
Date: Thursday 19 March 1964
Starters: 232
Classified: 138
Distance: 288 km
Average speed: 43.420 km/hour (new course record)
Weather conditions: Fresh with grey sky
24 teams participated - Pelforth-Sauvage, Carpano, Cite, Cynar, Ferrys, Gazzola, Flandria-Romeo, Wiels-Groene-Leeuw, Ibac, Ignis, Kas, Legnano, Lygie, Margnat-Paloma, Mercier-BP, Molteni, Peugeot-BP, Salvarani, Springoil-Fuchs, St. Raphael, Tigra, Torpedo, Mann and Solo-Superia

1964 Milan San Remo profile1964 Milan-San Remo map
   Profile and map of the 1964 Milan-San Remo

The 55th Milan-San Remo was won by Tom Simpson, the first and only victory to date by a British rider. Simpson, riding for the Peugeot-BP team, was part of the decisive four-man break that went away on the Capo Berta with about 32 kilometres to the finish. An earlier attack just before the start of the capi by the new idol of the Italian tifosi, Italo Zilioli (Carpano), had come to nothing.

The 1961 Sanremo winner, Frenchman Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) instigated the move on the Capo Berta taking Simpson, the Belgian Willy Bocklandt (Flandria- Romeo) and Vincenzo Meco (Cite) with him. Willy Bocklandt would go on to take the Liege-Bastogne-Liege a few weeks later.

The four man break - Simpson leads followed by Bocklandt, Meco and Poulidor.


Left - The pace set by Raymond Poulidor sees Meco struggling at the back and he is soon dropped. Centre - the break is down to three with Poulidor still setting the pace. Right - On the Poggio - Willy Bocklandt is unable to maintain the pace leaving Simpson and Poulidor to battle it out.



Tom Simpson out-sprints Raymond Poulidor on the via Roma to win the 1964 Milan-San Remo. Poulidor lives up to his nickname as the "eternal second". Willy Bocklandt would arrive 61 seconds later to take third.


Rik Van Looy, wearing the Belgian champions jersey, takes the sprint for fourth place. Rudi Altig had finished three seconds earlier but was de-classified for an irregular wheel change.


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