First place in the 18th leg of the Tour de France went to world champion Ercole Baldini, of Italy.
First place in the 18th leg of the Tour de France went to world champion Ercole Baldini, of Italy. Second was Charly Gaul, of the Holland-Luxembourg team, last year's winner.
Leaving Le Lautaret, Grenoble, early in the morning, Baldini's time for the 243 kilometers to Aosta, Italy, was 7hr. 48min. 43 secs. After Baldini's sprint to the finishing line in Aosta Stadium, the crowds went wild with excitement, some of them leaping over the barriers to congratulate their fellow countryman.
The route took the stream of cyclists over the Petit Saint-Bernard pass, and in the lead at this point was Gismondi of Italy followed by Christian of Austria.
In the general classification, Federico Bahamontes of Spain is in the lead. From Aosta the race continues over the mountains into Switzerland, and then - after another mountain climb - back into France to the finish of the 19th leg at Annecy.