The history of the Tour de France

Year 1932

THE STORY

  • After a disappointing race in 1931, a motivated André Leducq entered the 1932 Tour de France ready to make a comeback. He stormed to a stage victory in Bordeaux, took the yellow jersey, and held it all the way to Paris. "Dédé" collected five stage wins over the 1931 Tour’s 21 stages.

  • André Leducq’s overwhelming success in the 1932 Tour de France overshadowed the historic efforts of Germany's Kurt Stoepel. Stoepel won the race’s second stage, and rode consistently throughout the rest of the Tour. He eventually placed second overall, becoming the first German rider to grab a spot on the Tour de France’s podium.

  • The finish in Charleville, which traditionally produces eventful sprints. Leducq loses his lead to Di Paco... Just like Charles Pelissier the previous year. Last rider: Risch (57th) at 5 h 5 min. 14 sec.

  • Bonuses of four minutes, three minutes and one minute are given to the top three finishers of each stage, with an additional three minutes offered to any winner who finishes with a minimum three-minute advantage.

  • Poland signs a treaty of non-aggression with the Soviet Union; Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected president of the United States; French president Paul Doumer is assassinated; the infant son of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and killed.

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