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Firmin Lambot
Firmin Lambot, c. 1920
Firmin Lambot, c. 1920
Personal information
Full name Firmin Lambot
Date of birth March 14, 1886(1886-03-14)
Date of death January 19, 1964 (aged 77)
Country  Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
Tour de France (2x)
Infobox last updated on:
May 23, 2008

Firmin Lambot (14 March 1886 – 19 January 1964) was a Belgian bicycle racer who twice won the Tour de France.

Born in the small town of Florennes, Lambot worked as a saddler but began racing professionally in 1908. In that year he won the championships of Flanders and Belgium. He rode the Tour de France from 1911 to 1913 but the First World War ended the race for the next five years.

When the Tour returned in 1919 it was a miserable affair of war-torn roads, fractured logistics and former contenders no longer alive to compete. Only 11 riders finished. Lambot was second for much of the race but took the lead when Eugène Christophe broke a fork. Observers felt Lambot owed his victory more to Christophe’s bad luck than his own ability and a collection for Christophe surpassed the prize money Lambot received.

In the 1920 and 1921 Lambot placed respectably and in 1922 he won for the second time after Hector Heusghem was handed an hour penalty for swapping his bicycle after breaking the frame. He became the first to win the Tour without winning a stage. Lambot was 36 when he won the 1922 Tour and remains the oldest winner. In retirement, he returned to work as a saddler.

Palmarès

1908
Andenne
Fosses-la-Ville
Genappe
Mazy
Velaine-sur-Sambre
1913
Tour de France:
Winner stage 9
1914
Tour de France:
Winner stage 6
1919
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg Winner overall
Winner stage 14
1920
Tour de France:
3rd place overall classification
Winner stages 5 and 6
1921
Tour de France:
Winner stage 9
1922
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg Winner overall classification
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Grand Tour results timeline

1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNE N/A N/A N/A N/A DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won
Tour 11 18 4 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 3 9 1 DNF-6 DNF-8
Stages won 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
Vuelta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stages won
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

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