Brian Robinson: Yorkshire cycling legend dies aged 91

Brian Robinson: Yorkshire cycling legend dies aged 91

Robinson, who was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, won stages in 1958 and 1959 and was the first British rider to complete the Tour de France in 1955.

Robinson’s grandson, fellow rider Jake Womersley, reported his death on Twitter.

“It is with tremendous regret that the family of Brian Robinson must announce his passing yesterday,” he tweeted.

Robinson, who was born in Mirfield, joined his local cycling club as a youngster and subsequently began racing while working for his family’s construction firm.

He represented the United Kingdom in the 1952 Olympics before becoming professional and raced the Tour de France for the first time in 1953.

Brian Robinson
The cyclist raced seven times in the Tour, winning two stages

In addition to winning the renowned Criterium du Dauphine stage race in 1961, the pioneering road racer was the first Briton to stand on the podium of one of cycling’s Monuments, Milan-Sanremo, coming third in 1957 before retiring at the age of 33.

Robinson is considered as a forerunner for the sport in the United Kingdom, and his achievements encouraged the abilities of Tom Simpson and Barry Hoban, who came after him.

Brian Robinson, the first British cyclist to win a stage of the Tour de France, died at the age of 91.

In 2014, he was also an advocate for bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire.

He was involved in an accident the same year, but he was back in the saddle barely six weeks later.