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34th Paris-Roubaix 1933 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Neo-Pro Beats the Veterans

A young neo-pro named Sylvere Maes (Bel) gained the first major victory of his storied career. An elite selection broke away after the Hill Preme at Corneilles. The group included Maes, Antoine Magne, Julien Vervaecke, and Karl Thallinger. The surprise of the group was Maes. The veteran Vervaecke knew Maes well and attacked the breakaway over the Doullens Hill. He dropped Maes and Thallinger. Through the cobbled sections Maes re-connected with Vervaecke and the two rode into Roubaix together. The wily Vervaecke used every trick he knew to get rid of the pesky young Belgian. But with the peloton closing quickly Maes jumped away on the Avenue des Villas to take the victory.

P-R April 16, 1933
255 Km, Porte Maillot Paris to Roubaix (Ave des Villas)

1. Sylvere MAES (Bel) 6h59'36

2. Julien Vervaecke (Bel)
3. Leon Le Calvez (Fra)
Starters: 134
Finishers: 44
Average Speed: 36.523 km/h

 

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