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15th Tour de France 1921

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgians Continue Tour Domination

A very strong Belgian contingent took control of the race through the early stages. The two, Belgian former champions Philippe Thys (1913,1914,1920) and Firmin Lambot (1919) struggled during stage 1 and an unmotivated Thys abandoned before the start of stage two. Leon Scieur, little known Belgian strongman, who trained with Lambot, emerged as the “Belgian to beat” in 1921. Sceiur's only previous victory was in the 1920 Liege-Bastone-Liege. He first raced the Tour in 1913 and placed fourth in both 1919 and 1920. After a third place finish on stage one, Sceiur grabbed the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey) on stage 2, rode consistently throughout the entire Tour and wore the race leader's jersey all the way to Paris.

SPECIAL NOTE: The win did not come without a scare for Leon Scieur (Bel). On stage 13 from Strasbourg to Metz , Sceiur, the race leader, broke 11 spokes on his rear wheel. He was able to get a replacement wheel, but with over 300km to the stage finish, he was faced with another problem. The TdF rules stated that each rider MUST finish the stage with all the equipment he had at the start. Bravely, Sceiur remounted his bike with the broken wheel strapped to his back. After a hard chase, he regained the group with the other leader of the Tour. By the finish of the stage, with his back bleeding from the wheel strapped to his back, he retained his overall lead. He would wear the scars of the stage 13 mishap for the rest of his life.

 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LE HAVRE, 388 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Stage 2 LE HAVRE-CHERBOURG, 364 km

Romain Bellenger (Fra)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 3 CHERBOURG-BREST, 405 km

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 4 BREST-L'SABLES D'OLONNE, 412 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 5 L'SABLES D' OLONNE - BAYONNE , 482 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 6 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Hector Heusghem (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 7 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 8 PERPIGNAN-TOULON, 411 km

Luigi Lucotti (Ita)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 9 TOULON-NICE, 272 km

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 10 NICE-GRENOBLE, 333 km

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 11 GRENOBLE-GENEVA (Sui), 325 km

Felix Goethals (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 12 GENEVA (Sui)- STRASBOURG , 371 km

Honore Barthelemy (Fra)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 13 STRASBOURG-METZ, 300 km

Felix Sellier (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 14 METZ-DUNKERQUE, 433 km

Felix Goethals (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Stage 15 DUNKERQUE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 340 km

Felix Goethals (Bel)

Leon Scieur (Bel)

 

TdF June 26-July 24, 1921
5,485 Km

1. Leon SCIEUR (Bel) 221h50'26"

2. Hector Heusghem (Bel) +18'36"

3. Honore Barthelemy (Fra) +2h01'00"

Starters: 123
Finishers: 38
Average Speed: 24.720 km/h

 

 

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