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Romain Maes
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Personal information
Full name Romain Maes
Date of birth August 18, 1913(1913-08-18)
Date of death February 22, 1983 (aged 69)
Country  Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1935 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on:
May 24, 2008

Romain Maes (18 August 1913 in Zerkegem– 22 February 1983 in Groot-Bijgaarden) was a Belgian cyclist who won the 1935 Tour de France after wearing the yellow jersey of leadership from beginning to end.

Maes was the 13th child in his family[1]. He started racing when he was 17. He turned professional in 1933 and won the Omloop van het Westen (Tour of the West). The following year he started the Tour de France and twice finished stages in second place. He then crashed on the day from Digne to Nice and left the race in an ambulance.

His win in 1935 ended a six-year run by French riders. He was a hero in Belgium.

He won Paris–Roubaix in 1936 but wasn't given the victory. The judge said he had seen the Frenchman, Georges Speicher, win.[2] In 1938 he was well on the way to winning Paris-Brussels, leading the race by 100m with only 500m to go. He rode into the velodrome on which the race finished, crossed the line and stopped. The chasers, who had remembered that there was a further lap to ride, swept by him. Maes realised his mistake too late and Marcel Kint won.[1]

Maes started the Tour de France in 1939 and won the stage from Caen to Vire, a time trial over 63km. It gave him the lead. Then he crashed on the eighth stage and abandoned the race.

Maes rode on the track for several years with his namesake, Sylvère Maes, to whom he wasn't related

Romain Maes stopped racing in 1944 and opened a bar, "In de Gele Trui" (In The Yellow Jersey), near the North station in Brussels[1].

Contents

Palmarès

1933
Stekene
1934
Wevelgem
1935
Paris - Lille
Tour de France:
Jersey yellow.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 1, 11 and 21
Tournai
1936
Circuit de Paris
1939
Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten
Tour de France:
Winner stage 2A
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Grand Tour results timeline

1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won
Mountains classification
Tour DNF 1 DNF DNE DNE DNF
Stages won 0 3 0 1
Mountains classification NR 5 NR NR
Vuelta N/A DNE DNE N/A N/A N/A
Stages won
Mountains classification
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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Simple English

Romain Maes (18 August 1913 in Zerkegem– 22 February 1983 in Groot-Bijgaarden) was a Belgian cyclist who won the 1935 Tour de France. Some claim that he also won the 1936 Paris-Roubaix race, and that Georges Speicher was credited as winning by mistake [1]

Reference

  1. Wikipediagebruikers (12 september 2007). "Romain Maes". Uitgever: Wikipedia, de vrije encyclopedie.. http://nl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Romain_Maes&oldid=9304686. Retrieved 14 september 2007. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antonin Magne
Winner of the Tour de France
1935
Succeeded by
Sylvère Maes

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