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18th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1934 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Rebry Powers to Victory

Belgian Gaston Rebry's storied career added another chapter at the 1934 Tour of Flanders. A strong field of 160 riders left Gent under adverse conditons with rain and cold temperature. Battling a headwind in Brugge, race favorite Louis Hardiquest and Jan Deman crashed heavily and abandoned the race. An eight rider breakaway formed in a strong crosswind. One by one Rebry took control of the pack and dropped his breakaway companions. Only Frans Vervaecke could stay on Rebry's wheel. Rebry's power was too much and Vervaecke was dropped before Wetteren. Gaston Rebry rode solo to the finish for the prestigious Flanders victory.

SPECAIL NOTE: With the Tour of Flanders victory Gaston Rebry continued his powerful riding two weeks later by winning Paris-Roubaix. He also completed a difficult Paris-Roubaix/Flanders double victory in the same year.

Flanders March 18, 1934
239 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Gaston REBRY (Bel) 7h12'18

2. Alfons Schepers (Bel) +4'16"

3. Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Starters: 160
Finishers: 48
Average Speed: 33.170 km/h

RVV 1933

RVV 1935

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