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52nd Paris-Roubaix 1954 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

An Inspiring Spring Run

The very popular Raymond Impanis (Bel) came to Paris-Roubaix with victories in the prestigious Paris-Nice and Tour of Flanders. At the start in St. Denis Impanis led the list of favorites for the victory.

An early breakaway built a 3 minute lead after 100km of racing. The breakaway group contained 3 races favorites and the chase began in earnest. Through the tough cobbled section at Henin-Lietard the gap began to come down.

Following a series of punctures and crashes the front group was diminished with 2 Frenchman alone in front. Led by the Belgian riders a general regrouping occurred 18km from the Velodrome in Roubaix .

From the back of the 15 rider lead group defending champion Germain Derycke attacked hard forcing the contenders to react. Aggressively Raymond Impanis caught and dropped Derycke. Into the velodrome Impanis held a 100 meter lead. The huge crowd roared as Impanis powered to the finish line for the victory.

Raymond Impanis joined Gaston Rebry as the only riders to win Paris-Nice, Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year.

P-R April 11, 1954
246 Km, St. Denis (north of Paris) to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Raymond IMPANIS (Bel) 6h54'43

2. Stan Ockers (Bel)
3. Marcel Rijckaert (Bel)
Starters: 174
Finishers: 112
Average Speed: 35.590 km/h

 

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