The history of the Tour de France

Year 1936

THE STORY

  • French hopeful Maurice Archambaud rode aggressively in the opening stages of the 1936 Tour, taking control of the yellow jersey. When he cracked on the stage to Grenoble, however, Belgian Sylvère Maes found his way to the race’s lead. Sylvère was of no relation to defending champion Roland Maes, but he was able to carry the yellow jersey back to Paris and keep Belgium’s Tour streak alive.

  • Frenchman Antonin Magne was clearly past his prime in 1936, and he was lucky to finish the race in third place. But when Félicien Vervaecke received an illegal hand-off of food from his wife, the Belgian received a 10-minute penalty, and Magne was moved up to second overall.

  • The sprinters Le Grevès and Meulenberg fight it out: six stage victories for the France's Le Grevès. The longest stage is taken away by Sauveur Ducazeaux, who went on to coach the Walkowiak team.

  • Sylvère Maes' rising. The absense of Italian riders for political reasons. The introduction of 1/3 stages; the tour has six rest days; Romania and Yugoslavia enter national teams for the first time.

  • Federico Garcia Lorca is executed by Franco's followers, and civil war spreads throughout Spain; General John Metaxas institutes a dictatorship in Greece; the television set is officially introduced; Jesse Owens wins seven gold medals at the Berlin Olympics .

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