The history of the Tour de France

Year 1922

THE STORY

  • In the year’s immediately following World War I, Firmin Lambot could always be counted on to save the day. He had won the 1919 race when the Tour was just beginning to find its post-war feet, and he rolled to victory again in 1922. There wasn’t a tremendous amount of competition in 1922--defending champion Philippe Thys crashed and perennial favorite Eugene Christophe broke his fork--but Lambot rode consistently (if not always with panache) to take his second Tour de France crown.

  • Jean Alavoine's three consecutive stage victories (Bayonne, Luchon, Perpignan) and Philippe Thys's (Toulon, Nice, Briançon). Eugene Christophe goes down in Tour history as one of the race’s unluckiest riders. At 37 years of age, the French favorite grabbed the yellow jersey midway through the 1922 race, but he would again be unable to take it back to Paris. And to make matters worse, a broken fork was again the culprit--the same mishap had cost him the Tour in 1913 and 1919. This time his fork broke on the Tourmalet climb, and after hoofing it to the summit, he had to walk the entire descent before he had a chance to repair it.

  • Cancellation of the Tourmalet stage because of snow. Christophe breaks his fork for the third time. After his 14-km hike at the Tourmalet in 1913, he has to walk down the Galibier. Last rider: D. Masson (38th) at 65 h 53 min. 41 sec.

  • The brutal Izoard climb in the Alps makes its Tour debut. Eugène Christophe leads the race at the age of 37.

  • Benito Mussolini begins his rise to power in Italy; the tomb of Tutankhamon is discovered nearly intact; German Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau is assassinated.

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