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39th Paris-Roubaix 1938 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Changing of the Belgian Guard

A three time winner of Paris-Roubaix, Gaston Rebry, arrived with great form. His presence provided great inspiration to the young Belgian neo-pros.

The pace of the race was slow until Rebry launch a series of hard attacks through the Town of Arras . Quickly each attack was answered by the peloton. The first meaningful breakaway came in the closing kilometers when Louise Hardiquest, one of Belgium 's top classics riders, opened a large gap. Only Lucien Storme had the speed to catch Hardiquest and the duo flew into Roubaix .

As the two entered the final kilometer Storme punctured. He quickly got a wheel change and started an inspired pursuit. Onto the Avenue Gustave Delory the gap was closing. Around the final bend Storme caught and passed Hardiquest to claim the prestigious Paris-Roubaix victory.

P-R April 17, 1938
255 Km, Argenteuil (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Ave Gustave Delory)

1. Lucien STORME (Bel) 8h13'38

2. Louise Hardiquest (Bel)
3. Marcel Van Houtte (Bel) +6
Starters: 171
Finishers: 59
Average Speed: 30.936 km/h

 

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