___Race Snippets

 

22nd Tour de France 1928

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frantz! Start to Finish

As defending champion, Nicolas Frantz (Lux) wore the Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey) at the start of the 1928 Tour de France. After his sprint victory on stage 1, he took the first overall lead in the 1928 Tour. Given his climbing talents and the great strength of his Alcyon team, he was never seriously challenged for the entire race. Frantz wore the Maillot Jaune from start to finish.

SPECIAL NOTE: Frantz slightly improved on the record set by Ottavio Bottecchia in 1924, when Bottecchia wore the Maillot Jaune after every stage, but by wearing it, as defending champion at the beginning of stage 1, he wore the Jersey throughout the entire Tour.

Race leader Frantz did have one scare during the 159 km stage 19 Metz to Charleville. During the early days of the Tour, a common mishap was a broken front fork. On the road to Charleville (mostly cobbled paths) Frantz broke the front fork of his bike. With 100 km to the finish line he started frantically searching for help. He eventually found a bicycle shop with one bicycle left. Unfortunately, it was a woman's bike and ridiculously small for Frantz. Faced with no other choice he took the bicycle and continued. His Alcyon teammates waited for him and set a frantic pace all the way to the finish. By the end of the stage he had lost 37'51 but held onto the overall lead.

Three stages later, with no serious challenges, Nicolas Frantz rode victoriously into Paris with his second straight Tour de France victory. Frantz's powerful Alcyon team also placed two other riders on the podium. Young French star Andre Leducq was second and Belgian Maurice Dewaele finished third.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-CAEN, 207 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 2 CAEN-CHERBOURG, 140 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 3 CHERBOURG-DINAN, 199km

Gaston Rebry (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 4 DINAN-BREST, 206 km

Pe Verhaegen (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 5 BREST-VANNES, 208 km

Marcel Bidot (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 6 VANNES-L'SABLES D'OLONNE, 204km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 7 L'SABLES D'OLONNE-BORDEAUX, 285 km

Victor Fontan (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 8 BORDEAUX-HENDAYE, 225 km

Maurice Dewaele (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 9 HENDAYE-LUCHON, 387 km

Victor Fontan (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 10 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 11 PERPIGNAN-MARSEILLE, 363 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 12 MARSEILLE-NICE, 330 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 13 NICE-GRENOBLE, 333 km

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 14 GRENOBLE-EVIAN, 329 km

Julien Moineau (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 15 EVIAN-PONTARLIER, 213 km

Pierre Magne (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 16 PONTARLIER-BELFORT, 120 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 17 BELFORT-STRASBOURG, 145km

Joseph Mauclair (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 18 STRASBOURG-METZ, 165 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 19 METZ-CHARLEVILLE, 159 km

Marcel Huot (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 20 CHARLEVILLE-MALO, 271 km

Maurice Dewaele (Bel)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 21 MALO LES BAINS-DIEPPE, 234 km

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Stage 22 DIEPPE-LE HAVRE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 330 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

 

TdF June 17-July 15, 1928
5,476 Km

1. Nicolas FRANTZ (Lux) 192h48'58"

2. Andre Leducq (Fra) +50'07"

3. Maurice Dewaele (Bel) +56'16"

Starters: 162
Finishers: 41
Average Speed: 28.400 km/h

 

 

Return to the Timeline ToC

Return to the Race Snippets ToC

 
       
         
         
   



All materials are property of CyclingRevealed and Copyright © 2010
unless otherwise noted

Advertising Information | Contact Us
-