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Octave Lapize
Lapize in the 1910 Tour de France
Lapize in the 1910 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Octave Lapize
Date of birth October 24, 1887(1887-10-24)
Date of death July 14, 1917 (aged 29)
Country  France
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
Winner 1910 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on:
May 22, 2008

Octave Lapize (b. Montrouge,October 24, 1887 – d. Toul, July 14, 1917) was a French professional road racing cyclist and track cyclist.

Most famous for winning the 1910 Tour de France and a bronze medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics in the men's 100 kilometres, he was a three-time winner of one-day classics, Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brussels.

In his first Tour De France in 1909, he abandoned early due to wintery conditions during the month of July, but not before he managed a Stage 2 second place behind Tour winner Francois Faber. The following year he went head-to-head with Alcyon teammate Faber who led comfortably until colliding with a dog at the foot of the Pyrenees. Lapize finally won by just 4 points helped by a number of punctures to Faber's bike on the final stage from Caen to Paris. In a total of six starts in the Tour De France between 1909 and 1914, this victory was the only one he finished.

He is noted for looking at some Tour officials on the climb of the Col du Tourmalet in the 1910 Tour de France and yelling, "Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!' (French for 'You are murderers! Yes, murderers!')"[1]

The First World War ended his cycling career. A fighter pilot in the French army, Octave Lapize was shot down near Flirey, Meurthe-et-Moselle on June 28, 1917. Severely injured, he died in a hospital in Toul the following month.


Summer Olympics Men's 100 kilometres - Bronze Medal
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
Tour de France - Jersey yellow.svg1st Overall and 4 stage wins (Stage 5, 9, 10, 14)
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
Paris-Tours, 1st Place
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
FranceFrench National Championships, 1st Place
Tour de France - Stage 6 win
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
FranceFrench National Championships, 1st Place
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
FranceFrench National Championships, 1st Place
Tour de France - Stage 8 win

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914
Stages won
Tour DNF-4 1 DNF-4 DNF-9 DNF-3 DNF-10
Stages won 0 4 0 1 0 1
Vuelta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stages won
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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