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21st World Championship Road Race 1954

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobet Conquers Difficult Course

The 1954 World Championship Road Race was held in Solingen-Klingenring, Germany.  The circuit was extremely hard and tested even the best riders. 

The excitement of the race came on the final lap.  Frenchman Louison Bobet had an untimely puncture with 10 kms to go, but after a quick wheel change he was able to reconnect with the leader the breakaway.  Fearing the outstanding sprint of Swiss Fritz Schaer, Bobet attacked in the closing kilometers and won by 12 second in front of Schaer.  Defending champion Fausto Coppi crashed and finished 6th 3’20” behind Bobet.

WCRR August 22, 1954
240 Km [ Solingen-Klingenring, Germany ]

1. Louison BOBET (Fra) 7h24’36”

2. Fritz Schaer (Sui) +12”

3. Charly Gaul (Lux) +3’09”

Starters: 71
Finishers: 22
Average Speed: 35.921 km/h

 

 

 

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