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  Timeline: 1914
 
 
 
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
May 22, 1914 Tour of Flanders Marcel Buysse (Bel) 280 km
April 5, 1914 Milan-San Remo Ugo Agostoni (Ita) 286.5 km
April 1, 1914 Paris-Roubaix Charles Crupelandt (Fra) 274 km
May 24-June 6, 1914 Giro d'Italia Alfonso Calzolari (Ita) 8 Stages, 3,162 km
June 28-July 26, 1914 Tour de France Philippe Thys (Bel) 15 Stages, 5,379 km
Not held Liege-Bastogne-Liege x x
October 25, 1914 Giro di Lombardia Lauro Bordin (Ita) Milan-Milan, 235 km
  • Last Tour before the “Great War”- Political tensions throughout Europe were very high as the Tour de France prepared for its 11th edition. Within hours after the start of the 1914 TdF, a Serbian nationalist fired a shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. 29 days later Philippe Thys rode into Paris with his second TdF victory. The thrill of victory faded quickly in 1914. Several weeks after the Tour ended Europe was plunged into a devastating World War. Tour director Henri Desgranges suspended the operations of the race until after the war in 1919.
  • May 14, 1914- Woodrow Wilson signed a ‘Mother's Day’ proclamation.
  • World War 1- June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria caused the start of World War 1. This was the first war to include multiple nations from around the world.
  • Cleveland, Ohio- 1914, the first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland.
  • August 3, 1914- Germany declares war on France.
  • Paris- Italian Vincenzo Perugia was convicted of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. Stolen in 1911, Perugia spent 2 years selling forgeries in the United States. French officials insist they have the original.

Notable Deaths-
Archduchess Sophie Chotek,
wife of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria was assassinated along side her husband while on a state visit to Sarajavo.

 

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