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French Roger LAPÉBIE

born Henri Ferdinand LAPÉBIE

French racing cyclist

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Born: on January 16, 1911 in Bayonne, France
Died: on October 12, 1996 in Pessac, Gironde, France


Lapébie won the 1937 Tour by riding 4,415 kilometers in 138 hours, 58 minutes and 31 seconds. His victory was controversial as he was the first rider to complete the race using a modern derailleur. This gave him the advantage of shifting gears without having to stop, dismount and flip the wheel as was customary of racing bicycles used at the time. Lapébie was also known to accept outside assistance in violation of the rules and was at one point penalized 90 seconds by race commissaires.

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