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14th Paris-Roubaix 1909 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Budding Superstar Gains the First of Three P-R Victories

Diminutive Parisian Octave Lapize was at the beginning a brilliant career. Lapize known for aggressive racing rode prominently in all the lead groups of the race. The record crowd at Roubaix Velodrome greeted the 3 breakaway riders, Lapize, Louis Trousselier, and Jules Masselis. Trousselier started the sprint early unaware that Lapize was glued to his wheel. To the surprise of the huge crowd Octave Lapize nipped “Trou Trou” at the line.

P-R April 11, 1909
276 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Octave LAPIZE (Fra)

2. Louis Trousselier (Fra)
3. Jules Masselis (Bel)
Starters: 104
Finishers: 47
Average Speed: 30.470 km/h



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