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Lucien Buysse
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Personal information
Full name Lucien Buysse
Date of birth September 11, 1892(1892-09-11)
Date of death January 3, 1980 (aged 87)
Country  Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1926 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on:
May 24, 2008

Lucien Buysse (September 11, 1892 – January 3, 1980) was a Belgian cyclist and a champion of the Tour de France.

Born in Wontergem, Buysse began racing professionally in 1914, when he entered the Tour de France but did not finish. He resumed his career after World War I, entering but abandoning the Tour again in 1919 but placing third in the Paris-Roubaix classic in 1920. In 1923 he completed the Tour de France and finished in eighth place. In the 1924 and 1925 Tours, he rode with the Italian Automoto team led by Ottavio Bottecchia, where he was perhaps the first domestique in the history of the Tour. He placed third in 1924 and second in 1925.

The 1926 Tour was the longest in its history (5,745 km), with 17 stages averaging 338 km. Buysse, racing with his two brothers Jules and Michel, took the yellow jersey from Gustave Van Slembrouck on stage 10 by attacking during a furious storm on the Col d'Aspin in the Pyrenees. He gained almost an hour during the stage over his team leader Bottecchia who then abandoned. Buysse arrived in Paris as the champion despite suffering the loss of his daughter during the race.

Buysse won a total of five stages of the Tour during his career: one in 1923; two in 1925 and two in 1926.

Palmarès

1913
Tour of Belgium for amateurs
1914
Brussels-Liège for amateurs
1922
Lier
1923
Six Days of Ghent (with Victor Standaert)
Tour de France:
8th place overall classification
Winner stage 8
1924
Tour de France:
3rd place overall classification
1925
Tour de France:
2nd place overall classification
Winner stages 11 and 12
1926
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 10 and 11
1927
Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen
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Grand Tour results timeline

1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930
Giro DNE N/A N/A N/A N/A DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won
Tour DNF-10 N/A N/A N/A N/A DNF-2 DNE DNE DNE 8 3 2 1 DNE DNE DNF-9 DNF-16
Stages won 0 0 1 0 2 2 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 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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