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16th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1932 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





Gijssels Best of a Stellar Field of Racers

Defending Flanders champion Romain Gijssels beat a very strong field of riders for a repeat victory. The field included Jef Demuysere, 2 time World Road Race champion Georges Ronsse, 1930 Flanders winner Frans Bonduel, Alfons Deloor, and a young Gustaaf Deloor (the future Vuelta a Espana champion in 1935).

Gijssels danced across the cobbles and up the 4 bergs to win his second Tour of Flanders in a row.

Special Note: in 1932 the popularity of the race began to escalate. Increased numbers of spectators crowded the race course. Traffic jams were huge behind the race as fans followed the race in cars, on motorbike and bicycles. The organizers would have to re-think the number of follow vehicles allowed.

Flanders March 13, 1932
227 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Romain GIJSSELS (Bel) 6h59'35

2. Alfons Deloor (Bel)

3. Alfred Haemerlinck (Bel)

Starters: 120
Finishers: 44
Average Speed: 32.510 km/h



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