The history of the Tour de France

Year 1933

THE STORY

  • The French national team once again dominated the Tour de France in 1933. The powerful Maurice Archambaud held the yellow jersey from Lille to Digne, and when he finally folded on the Col d'Allos in the Alps, his French teammate Georges Speicher took over. Shouldered by his top-notch team, Speicher managed to stave off numerous attacks in the Pyrénées. Although he was not the race’s best climber, he was one of the best descenders, and he always managed to make up any lost time with his harrowing downhill abilities.

  • Jean Aerts' six stage victories, including three consecutive ones, and Learco Guerra's five. Although neophyte Georges Speicher took home the yellow jersey, Italy's Vicente Trueba grabbed a fair chunk of Tour glory in 1933. Trueba won six stages and dominated the inaugural best-climber category. He was not, however, part of the Italian national team (he entered the race as an individual), and without the support of a team, he had little chance of challenging the powerful French team for the overall honors.

  • Georges Speicher (26 years old) had turned professional the year before. A swimmer, he had learned to ride a bicycle at 17 in order to get a job as a delivery boy. Last rider: Neuhard (40th) at 3 h 57 min. 44 sec.

  • The great French team: Leducq, A. Magne, Speicher, Archambaud, Ch. Pélissier, R. Lapébie, Le Grevès, Le Calvez.

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