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7th Paris-Roubaix 1902 (France)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Lesna Again!

Paris-Roubaix continued to grow in 1902, while the race gained in prestige among the riders. Brutal rain greeted the 50 starts at the new start line in Chatou. Defending champion Lucien Lesna (Fra) used great speed midway through the race to breakaway with Edouard Wattelier (Fra). The torrential rains didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the spectators. Through every checkpoint huge crowds cheered wildly and in Arras Lesna took final control of the race. Covered in mud Lesna rolled into Roubaix Velodrome to add a second consecutive P-R victory to his list of palmares.

P-R March 30, 1902
268 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Lucien Lesna (Fra) 9h32'00"

2. Edouard Wattelier (Fra)

3. Ambrosio Garin (Fra)

Starters: 50

Finishers: 30

Average Speed: 28.088 km/h

 

 

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