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xx L’Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1910-1919  
  Timeline: 1910
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
Date Race Winner Distance
April 3,1910 Milan-San Remo Eugene Christophe (FRA) 289.3 km
April 10, 1910 Paris-Roubaix Octave Lapize (FRA) 266 km
Not Held Liege-Bastogne-Liege x x
May 18-June 6, 1910 Giro d'Italia Carlo Galetti (ITA) 10 Stages, 2,980 km
July 3-31, 1910 Tour de France Octave Lapize (FRA) 15 Stages, 4,737 km
November 6, 1910 Giro di Lombardia Giovanni Micheletto (ITA) Milan-Sesto, San Giovanni, 232 km
  • Milan-San Remo 1910- Eugene Christophe won the Milan-San Remo Classic in horrible weather conditions. Cold wind, rain, and snow decimated the peloton, only 4 riders finished. Christophe finished 1 hour ahead of the second placed rider and spent 3 week in the hospital for the effort.
  • Halley’s Comet- 1910, after the 1908 large meteor landed in Siberia, Halley’s Comet caused panic, when it almost collided with the planet earth.
  • Tour de France- Race director Henri Desgranges was always looking for new and innovative way to avoid the pitfalls of complacency. Desgranges after investigating the area altered the race schedule to include an incursion into the high mountains of the Pyrenees. This was the first epic trip into the “Circle of Death.”
  • July 4, 1910- Black boxing champion Jack Johnson knocked out James J. Jeffries. Race riots erupted across the USA.
  • Paris- the River Seine overflowed and Paris was flooded.
  • Rugby- 1910 marked the creation of the first five nations Rugby Tournament.

Notable Deaths-
Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910,
she led nurses to the Crimean War in 1854 to tend the wounded. British army doctors scolded her for meddling, but the wounded troops adored her bedside manor. She founded the first school of nursing in 1860. In 1907 the British government honored her with the “Order of Merit.”

Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian author of “War and Peace” and “Anna ”.

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
, 1835-1910, American author of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huck Finn”. He was America’s master storyteller.

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade1910-1919-
L’Equipe’s athlete of the decade was Jim Thorpe, USA, winner of Olympic Gold Medals for track & field in the pentathlon and the decathlon. After his accomplishments during the 1912 Olympic Games, Sweden’s King Gustav V said “Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.”



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