Paul Deman (25 April 1889 in Rekkem, West Flanders, Belgium – 31 July 1961 in Outrijve, Belgium)[1] was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for 15 years from 1909 to 1924, and a carpet maker by trade.[2]

Paul Deman
Deman at the 1913 Tour de France
Personal information
Full namePaul Deman
Born(1889-04-25)25 April 1889
Rekkem, West Flanders, Belgium
Died31 July 1961(1961-07-31) (aged 72)
Team information
Major wins
Tour of Flanders (1913)
Bordeaux–Paris (1914)
Paris–Roubaix (1920)
Paris–Tours (1923)

He won the first Tour of Flanders race in 1913 at the age of 25, defeating a field of 37 riders over a 330 km course that ended with 4 laps of the wooden track around a small pond at Mariakerke, the suburb of Ghent.[2] He won the gruelling 592 km Bordeaux–Paris in 1914.[2] His career almost ended with the first world war. He joined Belgium's espionage service and smuggled documents by bike into the neutral Netherlands. After many trips he was arrested by the Germans and jailed in Leuven ready to be shot. The Armistice saved him. Having survived the war, he started racing again and won Paris–Roubaix in 1920 and Paris–Tours in 1923.[2][3]

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  1. ^ The Cycling Website, Rider database, Paul Deman Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d CyclingArt. History archives, Wednesday, January 16, 2008, Article – Secret agent man
  3. ^ Schroeders, Fer (1999), Les Classiques du 20ème Siècle, De Eeclonaar, Belgium, ISBN 90-74128-58-0, p146

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