___Race Snippets

 

21th Tour de France 1927

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desgranges' New Race Formula, TTT

Tour de France director Henri Desgranges was constantly looking for new innovations to make his race bigger, better, and a little tougher. During the 1926 Tour Desgranges became increasingly angry with the apathy of the powerful teams on the flat stages. Desgranges' latest innovation was meant to counter the negative race tactics of these powerful teams. In the Tour of 1927, he introduced the separate departurestages (a crude introduction to the Team Time Trial). The riders had to start each “separate departure stage” in team groups, well away from their main rivals in the overall classification

Francis Pelissier (Fra) led his Dilecta-Wobler team to the stage 1 victory and the lead in the overall classification. Pelissier and Dilecta-Wobler held the race lead until stage 6, when the pressure of wearing the Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey) became too much. In typical “Pelissier” fashion, he abandoned the race wearing the Maillot Jaune.

The favored Alcyon team struggled with numerous punctures through the early stages and team leader Nicolas Frantz (Lux) trailed Belgian Hector Martin (Bel), from the J.B. Louvet team, by over 20 minutes as the Pyrenees climbing stages began. The legendary Bayonne to Luchon stage was again hampered by terrible weather in 1927. Exceptional climber Frantz stepped up to the challenge and broke away from the peloton to win all four mountain climbs and take the stage win in Luchon. Race leader Hector Martin did not fare as well. He lost over 2 hours and surrendered the Maillot Jaune to Frantz.

The talented Luxembourger took over again and destroyed the field in the Alpine climbs. Frantz took such a large lead in the overall classification that he would not be challenge on the remaining nine stages. Nicolas Frantz became the first Luxembourger to win the TdF since the great Francois Faber in 1909.

The new formula did not generate the excitement that Henri Desgranges wanted. The interest in the Tour again began to fade. Race organizers knew that more innovations were necessary for the Tour to regain its previous glory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-DIEPPE, 180 km

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Stage 2 DIEPPE-LE HAVRE, 103 km

Maurice Dewaele (Bel)

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Stage 3 LE HAVRE-CAEN, 225 km

Hector Martin (Bel)

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Stage 4 CAEN-CHERBOURG, 140 km

Cam Van de Casteele (Bel)

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Stage 5 CHERBOURG-DINAN, 199 km

Ferd Le Drogo (Fra)

Francis Pelissier (Fra)

Stage 6 DINAN-BREST, 206 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Ferdinand Le Drogo (Fra)

Stage 7 BREST-VANNES, 207 km

Gus Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Hector Martin (Bel)

Stage 8 VANNES-Les SABLES d'OLONNE, 204km

Raymond Decorte (Bel)

Hector Martin (Bel)

Stage 9 Les SABLES d'OLONNE-BORDEAUX, 285km

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Hector Martin (Bel)

Stage 10 BORDEAUX-BAYONNE, 189km

Pe Verhaegen (Bel)

Hector Martin (Bel)

Stage 11 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 12 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Gus Van Slembrouck (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 13 PERPIGNAN-MARSEILLE, 360km

Maurice Dewaele (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 14 MARSEILLE-TOULON, 120 km

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 15 TOULON-NICE, 280 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 16 NICE-BRIANCON, 275 km

Julien Vervaecke (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 17 BRIANCON-EVIAN, 283 km

Pe Verhaegen (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 18 EVIAN-PONTARLIER, 213 km

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 19 PONTARLIER-BELFORT, 119 km

Maurice Geldhof (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 20 BELFORT-STRASBOURG, 145km

Raymond Decorte (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 21 STRASBOURG-METZ, 165 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 22 METZ-CHARLEVILLE, 159 km

Hector Martin (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 23 CHARLEVILLE-DUNKERQUE, 270 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 24 MALO LES BAINS-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 344 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

 

TdF June 20-July 18, 1927
5,340 Km

1. Nicolas FRANTZ (Lux) 198h16'42"

2. Maurice Dewaele (Bel) +1h48'21"

3. Julien Vervaecke (Bel) +2h25'06"

Starters: 142
Finishers: 39
Average Speed: 27.224 km/h

 

 

Return to the Timeline ToC

Return to the Race Snippets ToC

 
       
         
         
   



All materials are property of CyclingRevealed and Copyright © 2010
unless otherwise noted

Advertising Information | Contact Us
-