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61st Paris-Roubaix 1963 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Never Say Die

Down but never out, Emile Daems rode on the limit to take the 1963 Paris-Roubaix victory.

As the race came through Annappes with 10 km to go, a very strong pace saw a thinning of the field. At Hem 2 escapees, Noel Fore and Rolf Wolfshohl, seemed destined to sprint for the win. However Wolfshohl punctured leaving Fore alone 2 km from the finish.

After a quick wheel change Wolfshohl made a near impossible effort and caught Fore. Fearing the sprint Wolfshohl immediately attacked and entered the velodrome in the lead. Rik Van Looy led a chase group that passed Fore and reeled in Wolfshohl. Belgian Arthur De Cabooter lead out the sprint as the bell was sounding for the final lap of the velodrome. Peter Post dragged Van Looy to De Cabooter's wheel.

Around the final bend Marcel Janssen attacked when Van Looy moved up the velodrome banking. This move opened the door for Emile Daems, who jumped down the track. Van Looy answered but it was too late. Daems crossed the finish line for a Never Say Die victory.

P-R April 7, 1963
266 Km, St. Denis (north of Paris) to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Emile DAEMS (Bel) 7h03'33

2. Rik Van Looy (Bel)
3. Jan Janssen (Ned)
Starters: 132
Finishers: 78
Average Speed: 37.681 km/h

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