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21st Paris-Roubaix 1920 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Deman Escapes Death and Wins Paris-Roubaix

During WW1 as Belgian messenger, Paul Deman was captured by the Germans and sentenced to death in 1918. Before his scheduled execution could be carried out the Armistice was declared and Deman was released from prison.

Following a very difficult 1919 Deman returned to racing and enter the 1920 P-R. Icy conditions and multiple mishaps cleared the way for Deman to survive and cross the finish line for the victory. He became the first Belgian champion since Cyrille Van Hauwaert won the 1908 P-R.

P-R April 4, 1920
263 Km, Suresnes (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Stadium Dubrulle)

1. Paul DEMAN (Bel) 10h47'20

2. Eugene Christophe (Fra)
3. Lucien Buysse (Bel)
Starters: 93
Finishers: 22
Average Speed: 24.377 km/h

 

 

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