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Oscar Egg
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Personal information
Full name Oscar Egg
Date of birth March 2, 1890(1890-03-02)
Date of death February 9, 1961 (aged 70)
Country  Switzerland
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)1
1911
1912–1914
1915–1916
1917–1919
1920–1926
Griffon
Peugeot
Individual
Bianchi
Individual
Major wins
set the hour record 3 times
2 stages Tour de France (1914)
1 stage Giro d'Italia (1919)
Paris Tours (1914)
Milano-Torino (1917)
Infobox last updated on:
July 27, 2007

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Oscar Egg (2 March 1890 in Schlatt, Switzerland - 9 February 1961 in Nice, France) was a Swiss track and road bicycle racer. He captured the world hour record three times before the First World War. He also won major road races and stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

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The hour record

Between 1907 and 1914 Oscar Egg and Marcel Berthet improved the hour record six times between them. Egg's 1914 mark of 44.247km then stood until 1933. Egg set all three of his records at the Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris. The track was a 333m outdoor track surfaced with concrete. The sequence was as follows:

  • 20 Jun 1907, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 41.520km
  • 22 Aug 1912, Oscar Egg, Paris, 42.122km
  • 7 Aug 1913, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 42.741km
  • 21 Aug 1913, Oscar Egg, Paris, 43.525km
  • 20 Sep 1913, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 43.775km
  • 18 Aug 1914, Oscar Egg, Paris, 44.247km

Only Chris Boardman has equalled Egg and Berthet's feat of taking the record three times.

Road racing

1911
Tour de France:
Winner stages 8, 10 and 11 (independents category)
1914
 Switzerland national road race championship
Paris-Tours
Tour de France:
Winner stages 4 and 5
1917
Milano-Torino
Milano-Modena
1919
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 3

Track racing

Major track victories include:

1914
Six days of Chicago
1915
Six days of Chicago (with Francesco Verri)
1916
Six days of New York (with Marcel Dupuy)
 Switzerland national track championship
1921
Six days of New York (with Piet van Kempen)
Six days of Paris (with Georges Sérès père)
1922
Six Days of Ghent (with Marcel Buysse)
1923
Six days of Paris (with Piet Van Kempen)
Six days of Chicago (with Maurice Brocco)
1924
Six days of Chicago (with Alfred Grenda)
Bol d'Or
1926
 Switzerland national track sprint championship
Records
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (42.122 km)
22 August 1912-7 August 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (43.525 km)
21 August 1913-20 September 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (44.247 km)
18 August 1914-25 August 1933
Succeeded by
Jan van Hout

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