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20th Paris-Roubaix 1919 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Journalists Proclaim a Cycling Legend: “The Hell of North”

The bloody battles of WW1 were over and it was time to return to racing. The war had devastated the roads north of Paris and P-R official scrambled to reorganize the race route. Upon inspection of the brutal course journalists called the 1919 P-R “the Hell of the North”.

Huge, “racing starved” crowds braved cold temperatures and rain to witness Henri Pelissier (Fra) out sprint Philippe Thys (Bel) for the victory.

P-R April 20, 1919
280 Km, Suresnes to Roubaix (Ave de Jussieu, behind the dairy)

1. Henri PELISSIER (Fra) 12h15'00"

2. Philippe Thys (Bel)
3. Honore Barthelemy (Fra)
Starters: 136
Finishers: 24
Average Speed: 22.857 km/h

 

 

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