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32nd Tour de France 1938

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gino “the Pious” Climbs to Victory

Competing in the 1937 Tour de France (TdF), the very talented Italian Gino “the Pios” Bartali showed flashes of brilliance, but an extremely bad crash cost him the glory of a Tour victory. During his early season preparation in 1938, Bartali was force by the Italian Federation to bypass his native Giro d'Italia to focus on the TdF. This year he returned to the Tour with great purpose and unfinished business.

Aging, two-time Tour champion (1930 and 1932) Andre Leducq applied his talents early in the Tour, taking the Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey) on stage 6b. His lead was short lived, when the race reached the Pyrenees Mountains and the “circle of death”, Gino Bartali attacked on the Col d'Aspin, dropping all challengers. After winning the climbs of the first three tough climbs of the stage, the Col d'Aspin, Col d'Aubisque, and Col du Tourmalet, Bartali was struck by bad luck for a second year in a row. Descending the Tourmalet, a wheel collapse and he crashed heavily. Unlike the previous year his injuries were not serious, Bartali remounted and chased back to the peloton, but climber Felicien Vervaecke, were gone. Vervaecke won the stage and took a 53 second lead over Bartali, but the racing was just heating-up.

Bartali deficit had grown to 1 minute 35 seconds by the time the Tour reached the Alps. Stage 14 from Digne to Briancon featured the classic climbs of the Col d'Allos, Col du Vars, and Col d'Izoard. Bartali wasted little time and attacked on the Allos. By Briancon he had a 5-minute victory over second place Vicini and 17 minute margin over Tour leader Vervaecke. There were still 10 stages to the finish and Bartali, despite a few punctures and mishaps, had little trouble holding the lead all the way to Paris.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-CAEN, 215 km

Willi Oberbeck (Ger)

Willi Oberbeck (Bel)

Stage 2 CAEN-ST BRIEUC, 237 km

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 3 ST BRIEUC-NANTES, 238 km

Gerrit Schulte (Ned)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 4a NANTES-LA ROCHE SUR YON, 62 km

Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 4b LA ROCHE SUR YON-LA ROCHELLE, 83 km

Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 4c LA ROCHELLE-ROYAN, 83 km

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 5 ROYAN-BORDEAUX, 198 km

Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 6a BORDEAUX-ARCACHON, 52.5 km

Jules Rossi (Ita)

Jean Majerus (Lux)

Stage 6b ARCACHON-BAYONNE, 171 km

Glauco Servadei (Ita)

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Stage 7 BAYONNE-PAU, 115 km

Theo Middelkamp (Ned)

Andre Leducq (Fra)

Stage 8 PAU-LUCHON, 193 km

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 9 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 260 km

Jean Frechaut (Fra)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 10a PERPIGNAN-NARBONNE, 63 km

Antoon Van Schendel (Bel)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 10b NARBONNE-BEZIERS, 27 km ITT

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 10c BEZIERS-MONTPELLIER, 73 km

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 11 MONTPELLIER-MARSEILLE, 223 km

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 12 MARSEILLE-CANNES, 199 km

Jean Frechaut (Fra)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 13 CANNES-DIGNE, 284 km

Dante Gianello (Fra)

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Stage 14 DIGNE-BRIANCON, 219 km

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 15 BRIANCON- AIX LES BAINS, 311 km

Marcel Kint (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 16 AIX LES BAINS-BESANCON, 284 km

Marcel Kint (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 17a BESANCON-BELFORT, 89.5 km

Emile Masson jr (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 17b BELFORT-STRASBOURG, 143 km

Jean Frechaut (Fra)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 18 STRASBOURG-METZ, 186 km

Marcel Kint (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 19 METZ-REIMS, 196 km

Fabien Galateau (Fra)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 20a REIMS-LAON, 48 km

Glauco Servadei (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 20b LAON-ST QUENTIN, 42 km ITT

Felicien Vervaecke (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 20c ST QUENTIN-LILLE, 107 km

Francois Neuville (Bel)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 21 LILLE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 279 km

Antonin Magne (Fra)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

 

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Gino Bartali (Ita)

 

TdF July 5-July 25, 1938
4,687 Km

1. Gino BARTALI (Ita) 148h29'12"

2. Felicien Vervaecke (Bel) +18'27"

3. Victor Cosson (Fra) +29'26"

Starters: 96
Finishers: 55
Average Speed: 31.565 km/h

 

 

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