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20th Tour de France 1926

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Longest Tour of All Time

The 1926 Tour de France started outside the city limits of Paris for the first time in race history. The Alpine Town of Evian hosted the first stage in 1926, as the riders set out on what proved to be an epic journey. This was the longest Tour de France in history, set at 5,745 Km long over 17 stages. This year the race route was extremely difficult because of the added length and a greater number of demanding mountain passes. Race director Henri Desgranges had always planned to make each race a little more difficulty than the year before, but this year he could never have factored in a third punishing element, the weather. Exceptionally foul weather hampered the riders throughout the race and only 41 of the 126 starters finished in Paris .

Two-time defending champion Ottavio Bottecchia returned but was clearly off his winning form of previous years. The race again went in a counter-clockwise direction, proceeding from Evian back to Evian before the final two stages directly into Paris .

The stage win on the infamous stage 10 was a four mountain, 326 Km trek into the “Circle of Death” gave Buysse a large enough lead that even the strong attacks from Bartolomeo Aymo (Ita) and Nicolas Frantz (Lux) in the Alps could not take back enough time to seriously challenge his race lead. Lucien Buysse rode proudly into Paris with the hard earned TdF victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 EVIAN-MULHOUSE, 373 km

Jules Buysse (Bel)

Jules Buysse (Bel)

Stage 2 MULHOUSE-METZ, 334 km

Aime Dossche (Bel)

Jules Buysse (Bel)

Stage 3 METZ-DUNKERQUE, 433 km

Gus Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 4 DUNKERQUE-LE HAVRE, 361 km

Felix Sellier (Bel)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 5 LE HAVRE-CHERBOURG, 357 km

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 6 CHERBOURG-BREST, 405 km

Joseph Van Dam (Bel)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 7 BREST-L'SABLES D'OLONNE,412 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stg 8 LES SABLES D'OLONNE-BORDEAUX, 285 km

Joseph Van Dam (Bel)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 9 BORDEAUX-BAYONNE, 189 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Gustaaf Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Stage 10 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 11 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 12 PERPIGNAN-TOULON, 427 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 13 TOULON-NICE, 280 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 14 NICE-BRIANCON, 275 km

Bartolomeo Aymo (Ita)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 15 BRIANCON-EVIAN, 303 km

Joseph Van Dam (Bel)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 16 EVIAN-DIJON, 321 km

Camille Van de Casteele (Bel)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Stage 17 DIJON-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 341 km

Aime Dossche (Bel)

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

 

TdF June 20-July 18, 1926
5,745 Km

1. Lucien BUYSSE (Bel) 238h44'25"

2. Nicolas Frantz (Lux) +1h22'25"

3. Bartolomeo Aymo (Ita) +1h22'51"

Starters: 126
Finishers: 41
Average Speed: 24.273 km/h

 

 

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