The 1919 Tour of Flanders was the third edition of the Tour of Flanders road cycling race was held on 23 March 1919 and was won by the Belgian Henri Van Lerberghe.[1] Van Lerberghe broke clear at 120 km from the finish in a solo effort and maintained his lead to the finish. He finished 14 minutes ahead of the first group of chasers, the largest winning margin in the history of the race. Léon Buysse won the sprint for second place before Jules Van Hevel. The race started in the centre of Ghent and finished in Gentbrugge, on the outskirts of Ghent. The total distance was 230 kilometres (142.9 miles).[2]

1919 Tour of Flanders
Race details
Dates23 March 1919
Distance230 km (142.9 mi)
Winning time7h 41' 18"
  Winner  Henri Van Lerberghe (BEL)
  Second  Léon Buysse (BEL)
  Third  Jules Van Hevel (BEL)
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It was the first Tour of Flanders after a five-year hiatus due to the First World War. As from this edition, the Tour of Flanders has been organized annually, even during the Second World War; the longest uninterrupted streak of any cycling race.[3]

Finish of the race in Gentbrugge. Top picture: Henri Van Lerberghe walks over the finish. Bottom: Runner-up Léon Buysse.

Race summary edit

Before the start of the race, Henri Van Lerberghe declared to the peloton that he was going to drop everyone and impose himself on the race alone. Van Lerberghe attacked into a headwind whilst there was still 120 km to be travelled, in what looked like an attack without any chance of success. During his breakaway, he saw an assistant with a bag of food planned for Marcel Buysse and convinced him that Buysse had abandoned, so as to take his food. Later, he had to pause at a level crossing as there was a train going past at the time. Van Lerberghe did not wait for the train to pass and decided to enter a train car with his bike to get out on the other side. He went on to reach the finish line with a margin of 14 minutes over the next placed rider, the largest margin in the history of the Tour of Flanders. After crossing the line and riding his lap of honour, Van Lerberghe declared to the crowd and, in all sincerity: "Go home; I'm half a day ahead of the pack."[4][5][6][3]

Results edit

Rank Rider Team Time
1   Henri Van Lerberghe (BEL) Legnano-Pirelli 7h 41' 18"
2   Léon Buysse (BEL) + 14'00
3   Jules Van Hevel (BEL) s.t.
4   Frits Wiersma (NED) s.t.
5   Albert Dejonghe (BEL) s.t.
6   Aviel Cocquyt (BEL) s.t.
7   Alois Verstraeten (BEL) Bianchi-Pirelli s.t.
8   Laurent Seret (BEL) + 21' 52"
9   Theodore Arvent (BEL) + 23' 00"
10   Basile Matthys (BEL) s.t.

References edit

  1. ^ McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol. "1919 Ronde van Vlaanderen results". BikeRaceInfo. Cherokee Village, AR: McGann Publishing. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ Vanwalleghem, Rik (1991), De Ronde van Vlaanderen, Pinguin, Belgium, ISBN 90-73322-02-2, p 32
  3. ^ a b Konrad, Gabe and Melanie (200), Bikelore, On The Wheel Publications (USA), ISBN 1-892495-32-5, p. 101
  4. ^ Qui étaient les premiers Flandriens? (Wijnendale) Archived 2016-02-21 at sur
  5. ^ Haan, Rob de (31 March 2010). "'Ik zal jullie doodrijden!'". (in Dutch). Sanoma Uitgevers. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  6. ^ Epic races sur

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