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33rd Paris-Roubaix 1932 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Gijssels Wins a Flanders/P-R Double

Tour of Flanders winner Romain Gijssels started Paris-Roubaix at the height of his career. But it was the aggressive French team that controlled the race. A breakaway through the early cobbled sections gave strong Frenchman Marcel Bidot the likely win. Only relentless pressure from four Belgians brought Bidot back to the group. Onto the Avenue des Villas Belgian sprinter Georges Ronsse opened the sprint up early. From the back Gijssels powered a huge gear to claim a very close sprint. The finish was so close race officials huddled for a half hour to properly determine the finishing order. After the long delay the finish judge declared Romain Gijssels the victor.

 

P-R March 27, 1932
255 Km, Porte Maillot Paris to Roubaix (Ave des Villas)

1. Romain GIJSSELS (Bel) 6h49'58

2. Georges Ronsse (Bel)
3. Herbert Sieronski (Ger)
Starters: 129
Finishers: 69
Average Speed: 37.320 km/h

 

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