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25th Paris-Roubaix 1924 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Van Hevel the Toast of Belgium

A stellar field lined up in Le Vesinet to contest the 1924 edition of P-R. The slow early pace put the race an hour behind schedule. Through Doullens a 3 rider breakaway brought the race alive. Only a brisk north headwind allowed Henri Pelissier's 8 rider chase group to reconnect with the breakaway. The long finishing road in Roubaix was slightly uphill and proved perfect for the Belgians. Driving the long sprint Jules Van Hevel (Bel) powered a huge gear to the victory.

P-R April 6, 1924
270 Km, Suresnes (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Ave des Villas)

1. Jules VAN HEVEL (Bel) 10h34'00

2. Maurice Ville (Fra)
3. Felix Sellier (Bel)
Starters: 145
Finishers: 56
Average Speed: 25.962 km/h



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