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27th Paris-Roubaix 1926 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

A Generational Confrontation but the Belgians Dominate… Again!

The 1926 racing season marked the emergence of a new crop of young riders. Paris-Roubaix was the showdown of the “new boys” and the “old boys.” After an aggressive early race the elites came back together in the Town of Amiens . Old Boy Henri Pelissier relentlessly attacked and escaped the peloton on the Doullens Hill. Four Belgians were the only survivors of the attack. Into the closing kilometers Pelissier punctured and lost the lead group. Young Belgian Julien Delbecque began to attack. One by one the elite group diminished and Delbecque rode easily across the finish line for the victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: At the age of 41 Grand 'Old Boy' Eugene Christophe rode his 14th and final P-R.

P-R April 4, 1926
270 Km, Suresnes (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Ave des Villas)

1. Julien DELBECQUE (Bel) 8h34'42”

2. Gustave Van Slembroeck (Bel)
3. Gaston Rebry (Bel)
Starters: 147
Finishers: 86
Average Speed: 31.962 km/h

 

 

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