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43rd Paris-Roubaix 1945 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Liberaton!

A fully liberated France welcomed the Paris-Roubaix bicycle race in 1945. Resources were scarce and rationing remained in effect as preparations for race were finalized.

After a slow early pace an elite group of 8 riders broke away from the peloton on the climb of the Doullens Hill. Through the tough cobblestone sections near Roubaix the breakaway became 7 (6 French riders) as the race entered the Velodrome. Defending champion Maurice De Simpelaere (Bel) gained a small gap as the final laps Velodrome counted down. Basque rider from Bayonne rode an extraordinary last lap to catch and defeat de Simpelaere for the victory.

P-R April 9, 1945
246 Km, St. Denis (north of Paris) to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Paul MAYE (Fra) 7h52'44

2. Louis Thietard (Fra)
3. Kleber Piot (Fra)
Starters: 100
Finishers: 28
Average Speed: 31.212 km/h

 

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