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27th Tour de France 1933

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Continue Domination!

The institution of time bonuses were meant to reward riders for racing aggressively and win stages by a large margin. Large time bonuses helped determine the margin of victory in 1932. This year time bonuses were reduced to only 2 minutes for the stage winner. The powerful French national team still took full advantage of the system.

The French national team was flourishing under the 1930 change from trade team to national team format. Georges Speicher took full control of the race on, the 208 km stage 12, from Cannes to Marseille with a brilliant breakaway and a 1'11” victory.

In the mountains Speicher did struggle. Time after time he was dropped on the brutal climbs and was forced to use his excellent descending skills to regain the lead group. Supported by his superior team Speicher did survive the battles in the Pyrenees and held the race lead all the way to Paris . The 26-year-old Speicher gave France it's fourth consecutive TdF victory and continued the French domination of the Tour.

SPECIAL NOTE: Tour legend was made in 1933 with the creation of the “Best Climber's Prize.” The climber's classification would later be symbolized by the Maillot Pois (Polka Dot Jersey). Although the polka dot jersey was not awarded until 1975, it has become the second most recognizable prize in modern day cycling.

Talented Spanish climber Vicente Trueba won the inaugural King of the Mountain competition in the Best Climber's Classification . Trueba was forced to enter the race in the individual category because no Spanish team was entered in the Tour.

SPECIAL NOTE: Shortly after the TdF was over, a strange and somewhat controversial French World Championship selection process left Georges Speicher off the national team. Speicher returned home and stopped training. The day before the WC race one of the national team members became ill and withdrew. Scrambling for a replacement the French officials found Speicher and convinced him to race. Despite little training since the Tour, he was told to just set a fast early pace for the race. After fifty kilometers of pace setting, he attacked alone to make the other teams work. By the time the other teams started to chase, it was too late. Speicher completed the race with a 5-minute victory. He became the first rider to win the TdF and the World Championships in the same year.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LILLE, 262 km

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 2 LILLE-CHARLEVILLE, 192 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 3 CHARLEVILLE-METZ, 192 km

Alfons Schepers (Bel)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 4 METZ-BELFORT, 220 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 5 BELFORT-EVIAN, 293 km

Leon Louyet (Bel)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 6 EVIAN-AIX LES BAINS, 207 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 7 AIX LES BAINS-GRENOBLE, 229 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 8 GRENOBLE-GAP, 102 km

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 9 GAP-DIGNE, 227 km

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Georges Lemaire (Bel)

Stage 10 DIGNE-NICE, 156 km

Fernand Cornez (Fra)

Georges Lemaire (Bel)

Stage 11 NICE-CANNES, 128 km

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Maurice Archambaud (Fra)

Stage 12 CANNES-MARSEILLE, 208 km

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 13 MARSEILLE-MONTPELLIER, 168 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 14 MONTPELLIER-PERPIGNAN, 166 km

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 15 PERPIGNAN-AX LES THERMES, 158 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 16 AX LES THERMES-LUCHON, 165 km

Leon Louyet (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 17 LUCHON-TARBES, 91 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 18 TARBES-PAU, 185 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 19 PAU-BORDEAUX, 233 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 20 BORDEAUX-LA ROCHELLE, 183 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 21 LA ROCHELLE-RENNES, 266 km

Jean Aerts (Bel)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 22 RENNES-CAEN, 169 km

Rene Le Greves (Fra)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

Stage 23 CAEN-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 222 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Georges Speicher (Fra)

 

Best Climber Prize [1st award]

Vincente Trueba (Spa)

 

TdF June 26-July 23, 1933
4,395 Km

1. Georges SPEICHER (Fra) 147h51'37"

2. Learco Guerra (Ita) +4'01"

3. Giuseppe Martano (Ita) +5'08"

Starters: 80
Finishers: 40
Average Speed: 29.723 km/h

 

 

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