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1st Paris-Roubaix 1896 (France)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Powerful German Dominates All

Josef Fischer (Ger) was the first champion of Paris-Roubaix in 1896. Fischer used superior power to drop each contender one by one. He rode solo into Roubaix Velodrome for the 1st ever P-R victory.

P-R April 19, 1896
280 Km, Porte Maillot, Paris to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Josef FISCHER (Ger) 9h17'00"

2. Charles Meyer (Den) +13'00"

3. Maurice Garin (Fra) +15'00"

Starters: 51

Finishers: 25

Average Speed: 30.161 km/h



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