Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tour Detox 1930's

The prolific stage winner Andre Leducq would finally win his first Tour in 1930. He would also win the 1932 race and spend 19 days in the yellow jersey. This would be his peak and would not finish in the top ten again although he would still go on to win four more stages. Below you can see him being help along by George Speicher in the 19

Antonin Magne would go on to win two Tours, 1931 and 1934. His 1934 win can be attributed to René Vietto who would not help him once but twice while being in a great position himself. He handed his leader his wheel on the descent from l'Hospitalet to Ax-les-Thermes when all hope seemed lost for Magne. Luck would not be on his side as the ascent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet saw him waving his wheel yet again at the young Vietto. The famous picture of the youngster on the wall in tears in that very same René after handing his leader his wheel for the second time in the race.

The neutral support wagon that probably served not only to help the riders with mechanical's but probably acted as the broom wagon. Below the riders are have some fun with one holding a broom to the bottom of another with everyone smiling. These lighter moments must have made these epic journeys around the country bearable.
Maurice Archambaud would hold the Mailliot Jeune and even the hour record but the Grand Boucle overall would remain out of his unlucky grasp. He can be seen below on the ground of one of his many falls, this time on the Isoard. His short stature did not help matters and earned him the nick name of "The Dwarf".
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