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16th Tour de France 1922

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgians Again, Christophe Breaks ANOTHER Fork

The Belgian's Tour de France winning streak was now at six. The French effort was hindered when the very talented Pelissier brothers chose not to compete, but the fighting French spirit was present with the inclusion of new and old French stars. The ever-present challenger Eugene Christophe (Fra) finished a strong second on stage one and took the race lead after stage 4, but he met with misfortune again on the descent of the Galibier. As in 1913 and 1919, Christophe snapped the front fork of his bike and found himself running down the mountain in search of repairs. He finished 8th overall in Paris .

Hector Heusghem (Bel) beat race leader Jean Alavoine (Fra) by more than 26 minutes and took the overall lead. Heusghem, the strongest rider in the race, appeared to be in control and well on his way to victory. Stage 13, Strasbourg-Metz, 300 km, was not kind Heusghem . No stranger to misfortune, Heusghem suffers a broken frame. In order to stay in contention with the breakaway group, he quickly made an illegal bicycle change and continued. After the stage, race officials assessed him a one-hour penalty for the change. The extra time dropped him to fourth overall and out of contention. With another contender gone, the always consistent Firmin Lambot inherited the race lead.

Lambot rode steadily on the final two stages, matching every attack and rode into Paris for his second TdF victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: The 37-year-old Lambot still holds the record for being the oldest rider to win the Maillot Jaune in Tour history. He also became the first rider to win the Tour without winning a stage.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LE HAVRE, 388 km

Robert Jacquinot (Fra)

Robert Jacquinot (Fra)

Stage 2 LE HAVRE-CHERBOURG, 364 km

Romain Bellenger (Fra)

Robert Jacquinot (Fra)

Stage 3 CHERBOURG-BREST, 405 km

Robert Jacquinot (Fra)

Robert Jacquinot (Fra)

Stage 4 BREST- SABLES D'OLONNE, 412 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Eugene Christophe (Fra)

Stage 5 SABLES D'OLONNE-BAYONNE, 482 km

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Eugene Christophe (Fra)

Stage 6 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Eugene Christophe (Fra)

Stage 7 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Stage 8 PERPIGNAN-TOULON, 411 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Stage 9 TOULON-NICE, 281 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Stage 10 NICE-BRIANCON, 274 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Stage 11 BRIANCON-GENEVA (Sui), 260 km

Emile Masson sr (Bel)

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Stage 12 GENEVA (Sui)- STRASBOURG, 371 km

Emile Masson sr (Bel)

Hector Heusghem (Bel)

Stage 13 STRASBOURG-METZ, 300 km

Federico Gay (Ita)

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

Stage 14 METZ-DUNKERQUE, 433 km

Felix Sellier (Bel)

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

Stage 15 DUNKERQUE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 345 km

Philippe Thys (Bel)

Firmin Lambot (Bel)

 

TdF June 25-July 23, 1922
5,373 Km

1. Firmin LAMBOT (Bel) 222h08'06"

2. Jean Alavoine (Fra) +41'15"

3. Felix Sellier (Bel) +42'02"

Starters: 120
Finishers: 88
Average Speed: 24.488 km/h

 

 

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