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30th Tour de France 1936

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgian Team Strength – Sylvere Wins!

Fascism was on the rise in Europe . Germany, Italy, and Spain fell under the control of Fascist leaders. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini used his power to send a political message by issuing an order for Italian racers to boycott the 1936 Tour de France (TdF). General Francisco Franco headed a fascist backed revolt against the Spanish republican government, plunging Spain into a bloody civil war. The infamous Adolph Hitler's fascist government had full control of Germany. Surrounded by turmoil the 1936 TdF came as a welcome distraction for France from political tensions of Europe. The very strong Belgian national team returned with defending champion Romain Maes and high hopes of retaining the TdF championship.

The founder of the Tour de France and long time race director Henri Desgranges became ill and retired after stage 2 in Charleville. Desgranges had undergone surgery earlier in the year and stubbornly tried to resume his duties as race director at the start of the Tour. At the age of 71, he was too weak to continue his duties and reluctantly turned the leadership of the Tour over to Jacques Goddet.

Tuesday, July 7, 1936 the Tour began with the 258 km stage from Paris to Lille. The early stages featured a battle between Frenchman Maurice Archambaud and Belgian Sylvere Maes. The two pushed each other until Archambaud cracked on the climbs to Briancon. Maes beat Archambaud by almost 8 minutes on stage 8 and began to take control of the overall classification. Through the Alps and across the flats leading to the Pyrenees Mountains Maes and the “Black Squadron” maintained the race lead. The decisive stage of the Tour was the infamous from Luchon to Pau, the entry into the “circle of death.” Sylvere Maes destroyed the competition, winning the final 3 climbs (Tourmalet, Soulor, and Aubisque). He won the stage by over 13 minutes on Antonin Magne and over 20 minutes on Felicien Vervaecke. In addition to the thrashing by Maes, Vervaecke was penalized 10 minutes for using a bike with gears on the climb of the Aubisque, and Magne was penalized 5 minutes for taking an illegal feed from Victor Fortan during the stage. The race for the overall classification was over, but the podium order was still in doubt.

In Paris, Sylvere Maes rode victoriously into Parc des Princes Velodrome on the final stage to give Belgium its second Tour de France victory in a row.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LILLE, 258 km

Paul Egli (Sui)

Paul Egli (Sui)

Stage 2 LILLE-CHARLEVILLE, 192 km

Robert Wierinckx (Bel)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 3 CHARLEVILLE-METZ, 161 km

Mathias Clemens (Lux)

Arsene Mersch (Lux)

Stage 4 METZ-BELFORT, 220 km

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 5 BELFORT-EVIAN, 298 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 6 EVIAN-AIX LES BAINS, 212 km

Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 7 AIX LES BAINS-GRENOBLE, 230 km

Theo Middelkamp (Hol)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 8 GRENOBLE-BRIANCON, 194 km

Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 9 BRIANCON-DIGNE, 220 km

Leon Level (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 10 DIGNE-NICE, 156 km

Paul Maye (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 11 NICE-CANNES, 126 km

Federico Ezquerra (Spa)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 12 CANNES-MARSEILLE, 195 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 13a MARSEILLE-NIMES, 112 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 13b NIMES-MONTPELLIER, 52 km TTT

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 14a MONTPELLIER-NARBONNE, 103 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 14b NARBONNE-PERPIGNAN, 63 km TTT

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 15 PERPIGNAN-LUCHON, 325 km

Sauveur Ducazeaux (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 16 LUCHON-PAU, 194 km

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 17 PAU-BORDEAUX, 229 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 18a BORDEAUX-SAINTES, 117 km

Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 18b SAINTES-LA ROCHELLE, 75 km TTT

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 19a LA ROCHELLE-LA ROCHE SUR YON, 81 km

Marcel Kint (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 19b LA ROCHE SUR YON-CHOLET, 65 km TTT

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 19c CHOLET-ANGERS, 67 km

Paul Maye (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 20a ANGERS-VIRE, 204 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 20b VIRE-CAEN, 55 km TTT

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

Stage 21 CAEN-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 234 km

Arsene Mersch (Lux)

Sylvere Maes (Bel)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Julien Berrendero (Spa)

 

TdF July 7-August 2, 1936
4,442 Km

1. Sylvere MAES (Bel) 142h47'32"

2. Antonin Magne (Fra) +26'55"

3. Felicien Vervaecke (Bel) +27'53"

Starters: 90
Finishers: 43
Average Speed: 31.720 km/h

 

 

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