___Race Snippets


16th Paris-Roubaix 1911 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Lapize Times Three

Two-time defending champion Octave Lapize (Fra) came to P-R with great ambitions. An unprecedented 3rd consecutive victory was on the line. From the start in Chatou the favorites were content to wait until the later stages of the race to attack. Through the mining region Lapize and Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Bel) pulled away from the lead group to set up a rematch of the previous year's 2-up sprint finish. However, bad luck came to Van Hauwaert when his rear tire punctured several kilometers from the finish. Lapize rolled away to easily claim his record setting 3rd consecutive P-R victory.

P-R April 16, 1911
266 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Octave LAPIZE (Fra) 8h29'10"

2. Andre Charpiot (Fra)

3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Bel)

Starters: 120

Finishers: 59

Average Speed: 31.345 km/h



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