Thomas De Gendt helps to restore Tom Simpson monument
Dec 23 2016 12:51 pm CET

Thomas De Gendt helps to restore Tom Simpson monument
Thomas De Gendt helps to restore Tom Simpson monument
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THOMAS DE GENDT
LOTTO SOUDAL

Thomas De Gendt, the most recent winner on the mythical Mont Ventoux climb in the Tour de France, has helped to restore the monument of Tom Simpson who died on the mountain in 1967.

Simpson collapsed while climbing the Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital later that afternoon.

The monument was unveiled in 1968 and a small plaque was added 29 years later, with the words "There is no mountain too high. Your daughters Jane and Joanne, July 13, 1997".

"To visit this monument is like a pilgrimage for thousands of cycling tourists ascending Mont Ventoux each year," De Gendt said in a video released by Lotto Soudal. "Their cycling shoes and the hard winters on the Mont Ventoux have seriously damaged the concrete steps leading to the monument.

"That is why these steps are being restored and covered with natural stone panels. From now on the stairs will resist the freezing cold in winter and the mistral winds reaching up to 300 kilometers an hour."

Also involved in the renovation of the monument was Tom Simpson's daughter, Joanne. "I was only six years old when this monument was unveiled by my mother, Helen Simpson. For me this monument is part of my bond with my father, whom I have only known from the many stories of courage and great sportsmanship that are told about him."


Photo of Thomas de Gendt by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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