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14th Tour de France 1920

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thys Makes It Three

The Belgians easily controlled the early stages. Former champion Philippe Thys (Bel) rode consistently in every breakaway group and took the overall lead on stage 2. The main French challenge came from the always angry but very talented Henri Pelissier. Trailing in the overall classification, Pelissier began his comeback by winning stage three in Brest and stage four in Les Sables d'Olonne. Unfortunately for the talented Pelissier, his Tour hopes were set back when race officials assessed a time penalty for discarding a flat tire during stage four. The rule's infraction was minor and the penalty was not significant, but the emotional Pelissier felt the penalty was not justified. He withdrew immediately .

The race was open for Thys. He gained a stage win in the Pyrenees and 2 in the Alps . Philippe Thys rode into Paris to achieve his third Tour de France victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LE HAVRE 388 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Stage 2 LE HAVRE-CHERBOURG 364 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 3 CHERBOURG-BREST 405 km

Henri Pelissier (Fra)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 4 BREST-L'SABLES D'OLONNE, 412 km

Henri Pelissier (Fra)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 5 LES SABLES D'OLONNE-BAYONNE, 482 km

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 6 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 7 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Jean Rossius (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 8 PERPIGNAN-AIX EN PROVENCE , 325 km

Louis Heusghem (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 9 AIX EN PROVENCE-NICE, 356 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 10 NICE-GRENOBLE, 333 km

Hector Heusghem (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 11 GRENOBLE-GEX, 362 km

Leon Scieur (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 12 GEX-STRASBOURG, 354 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 13 STRASBOURG-METZ, 300 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 14 METZ-DUNKERQUE, 433 km

Felix Goethals (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Stage 15 DUNKERQUE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 340 km

Jean Rossius (Bel)

Philippe Thys (Bel)

 

TdF June 27-July 25, 1920
5,503 Km

1. Philippe THYS (Bel) 228h36'13"

2. Hector Heusghem (Bel) +57'21"

3. Firmin Lambot (Bel) +1h39'35"

Starters: 113
Finishers: 22
Average Speed: 24.072 km/h

 

 

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