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1st Paris-Roubaix 1896 (France)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Powerful German Dominates All

Josef Fischer (Ger) was the first champion of Paris-Roubaix in 1896. Fischer used superior power to drop each contender one by one. He rode solo onto Rue Verte in Roubaix for the 1st ever P-R victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Two Roubaix businessmen, Théodore Vienne and Maurice Perez, built a velodrome on the corner of the Rue Verte and the Route d'Hempempont. The velodrome opened on June 9, 1895 and attracted major track event. In February of 1896 they were part of the organization to bring a race from Paris to Roubaix. Arpil 19, 1896 the first P-R race became reality.

P-R April 19, 1896
280 Km, Porte Maillot, Paris to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Josef FISCHER (Ger) 9h17'00"

2. Charles Meyer (Den) +13'00"

3. Maurice Garin (Fra) +15'00"

Starters: 51

Finishers: 25

Average Speed: 30.161 km/h

P-R 1897

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