Sunday, July 25, 2010

100 Years apart

After a century of the tour with the celebration of the Tourmalet we see the close of this years Tour. Octave Lapize picked up his sole victory and as can be seen on the map there was no short cuts or train trips to go from place to place.

Lapize was the first man over the Tourmalet 100 years ago and he did not fly up on the wings of angels but rather had to push. As he passed the top shouting "Assassin's" to the commissar's he held on and won into Paris.
Lapize would win the longest stage of the Tour that year. Not a few hundred kilometers but rather an epic 424km 14th stage that took an epic 14 hours and 38 minutes.
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