1928 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race

The men's road race at the 1928 UCI Road World Championships was the second edition of the event. The race took place on Thursday 16 August 1928 in Budapest, Hungary.[1] The race was won by Georges Ronsse of Belgium.

Men's Individual Road Race
1928 UCI Road World Championships
Georges Ronsse arriving solo at the finish line
Georges Ronsse arriving solo at the finish line
Race details
Dates16 August 1928
Distance191.7 km (119.1 mi)
Winning time6h 20' 10"
  Winner  Georges Ronsse (BEL) (Belgium)
  Second  Herbert Nebe (GER) (Germany)
  Third  Bruno Wolke (GER) (Germany)
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Race report


The 192 kilometer race was held on dusty, unpaved and stony roads and in scorching heat. After 45 kilometers Jules Vanhevel attacked and only Georges Ronsse joined him. The others hesitated and the two Belgians were able to gain a lead of several minutes. The Italian favorites Costante Girardengo and defending champion Alfredo Binda were great rivals and did not want to ride for each other; eventually they would both give up. Gaetano Belloni sacrificed himself, but he was set back by tire failure, just like several other participants.

Along the way, Vanhevel fell after colliding with an ox team and injured himself in the fall. He was able to return to Ronsse, but when he attacked on a slope 70 km from the end, Vanhevel had to pass and give up. Ronsse was able to win with a lead of almost 20 minutes over the Germans Nebe and Wolke, which is still the largest lead with which a world championship has been won.[2]

Final classification

General classification[3][4]
Rank Rider Time
    Georges Ronsse (BEL) 6h 20' 10"
    Herbert Nebe (GER) + 19' 43"
    Bruno Wolke (GER) + 19' 43"
4   Joseph Dervaes (BEL) + 36' 13"
5   Walter Cap (AUT) + 36' 13"
6   Max Bulla (AUT) + 36' 13"
7   Otto Cap (AUT) + 36' 13"
8   Ferdinand Le Drogo (FRA) + 42' 26"


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  2. ^ Mahau, Hector (2002). "DE WERELDKAMPIOENSCHAPPEN WIELRENNEN OP DE WEG 1927 - 2002". World Championship Cycling 75 Years (Complete Record) (in Dutch). De Eecloonaar. ISBN 9789074128841.
  3. ^ "2ème Championnat du monde sur route 1928". Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 3 November 2004.
  4. ^ "1928 World Championship". First Cycling. Retrieved 14 December 2017.