Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The sprinter almost takes it

The 6th stage of the 1923 Tour saw the riders heading into the mountains again. Robert Jacquinot, who was primarily known as a sprinter, broke away and went over the first there mountains in the lead. He seemed to in for a chance with the win and take over the lead, but the last mountain was too much for Jacquinot, and he fell off his bike climbing the Peyresourde. Alavoine passed Jacquinot and went on to win the stage, while Bottecchia won back enough time to regain his lead from Bellenger, who lost a lot of time. Hector Heusghem actually lost the previous years Tour in 1923 because he took a spare bike which was disallowed before the rule change in the 1923 Tour. He would go on to finish 4th again in this ride.
Hector Heusghem, Bayonne - Luchon
Photo from L'Equipe

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