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6th Paris-Roubaix 1901 (France)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Changes to the Structure of Paris-Roubaix

Three changes revitalized the struggling race. First the organizers eliminated the use of moto-pacers (tandem and triplet bicycle pacers were allowed). Second new sports newspaper L'Auto-Velo led by Henri Desgranges joined the management team for the race. Third the racecourse was changed back to its original 280 km distance. The promotional efforts were rewarded with 60 riders at the start line in Porte Maillot (a suburb of Paris).

Lucien Lesna (Fra) used experience and guile to drop lone breakaway companion Jean Gougoltz (Fra). He rode into Roubaix Velodrome 26 minutes in front of second placed Ambroise Garin (Fra).

P-R April 7, 1901
280 Km, Porte Maillot, Paris to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Lucien Lesna (Fra) 10h49'37"

2. Ambrosio Garin (Fra)

3. Lucien Itsweire (Fra)

Starters: 60

Finishers: 21

Average Speed: 25.861 km/h

 

 

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