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19th Paris-Roubaix 1914 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

French Sprinter Pushes Huge Gear to Victory

Bright sunny weather greeted the 154 riders, who would race to a newly renovated Roubaix Velodrome. 1912 P-R champion Charles Crupelandt (Fra) led a group of 7 into the Velodrome and used a huge gear (24x7) to clearly out sprint the breakaway.

SPECIAL NOTE: On August 4, 1914 Crupelandt was in Berlin, Germany racing on the Olympic Velodrome. That day war was declared and Crupelandt had to use his cunning and guile to escape Germany.

P-R April 12, 1914
274 Km, Suresnes (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Charles CRUPELANDT (Fra) 9h02'02"

2. Louis Luguet (Fra)
3. Louis Mottiat (Bel)
Starters: 153
Finishers: 79
Average Speed: 30.332 km/h

 

 

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