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19th Paris-Roubaix 1914 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



French Sprinter Pushes Huge Gear to Victory

Bright sunny weather greeted the 153 riders, who would race to a newly renovated Roubaix Velodrome. The race exploded after the check point in Arras with only 21 riders able to hold the pace.

1912 Paris-Roubaix champion Charles Crupelandt (Fra) led a group of 7 into the Velodrome. The Frenchman, who train on the Roubaix Velodorme, used a huge gear (24x7) to clearly out sprint the breakaway.

SPECIAL NOTE: On August 4, 1914 Crupelandt was in Berlin, Germany racing on the Olympic Velodrome. That day war was declared and Frenchman Crupelandt had to use his cunning and guile to escape Germany.

P-R April 12, 1914
274 Km, Suresnes (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Charles CRUPELANDT (Fra) 9h02'02"

2. Louis Luguet (Fra)
3. Louis Mottiat (Bel)
Starters: 153
Finishers: 79
Average Speed: 30.332 km/h

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