Maurice Archambaud

Maurice Archambaud (30 August 1906 in Paris – 3 December 1955 in Le Raincy[1]) was a French professional cyclist from 1932 to 1944. His short stature earned him the nickname of le nabot, or "the dwarf", but his colossal thighs made him an exceptional rider.

Maurice Archambaud
Maurice Archambaud-Tour de France 1932 1.JPG
Maurice Archambaud during the Tour de France 1932
Personal information
Full nameMaurice Archambaud
NicknameLe Nabot
Born(1906-08-30)30 August 1906
Paris, France
Died3 December 1955(1955-12-03) (aged 49)
Le Raincy, France
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Major wins
10 stages Tour de France
Paris–Nice (1939)

He won Paris-Soissons and Paris-Verneuil as an amateur in 1931 and turned professional the following year for Alcyon, one of the top teams in France. He won the inaugural Grand Prix des Nations in his first season.[2]

He set the world hour record at 45.767 km at the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan on 3 November 1937.[3] He beat the Dutchman, Frans Slaats' record of 45.485 km, set on 29 September 1937.[4] The record stood for five years before being beaten by Fausto Coppi.

Archambaud rode for France in the Tour de France between the wars. His sudden changes of form and frequent falls meant that he never won the race, but he did win ten stages[1] and wear the yellow jersey.

He won a shorter stage race, Paris–Nice, in 1936 and 1939.[5]

Major resultsEdit

1932
Grand Prix des Nations: winner
1933
Tour de France:
Winner stages 1 and 11
5th overall
9 days in the yellow jersey
1935
Tour de France:
Winner stages 5A and 14B
7th overall
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 14B
Paris-Caen
Six days of Paris
GP de l'Echo d'Alger
1936
Tour de France:
Winner stage 4
5 days in the yellow jersey.
Paris–Nice
1937
Tour de France:
Winner stage 2
Hour record
Giro della provincia Milano (with Aldo Bini)
1939
Tour de France:
Winner stages 10B, 10C, 12B and 17B
Paris–Nice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2008-11-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-11-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2008-11-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Match, France, issue 599, 9 November 1937
  5. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/cy/profiles/2357.html

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
Frans Slaats
UCI hour record (45.767 km)
3 November 1937-7 November 1942
Succeeded by
Fausto Coppi