Maurice De Waele

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Maurice De Waele
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Personal information
Full nameMaurice De Waele
Born(1896-12-27)27 December 1896
Lovendegem, East Flanders, Belgium
Died14 February 1952(1952-02-14) (aged 55)
Maldegem, East Flanders, Belgium
Team information
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (1929)
5 stages

Maurice De Waele (pronounced [mʌuˈris də ˈwaːlə] ; 27 December 1896 14 February 1952) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer.

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 square kilometres (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.


De Waele placed 2nd in the 1927 Tour, an hour and fifty eight minutes Nicolas Frantz and 3rd in 1928, again won by Frantz. However, he is most famous for winning the 1929 Tour de France. He led the Tour until stage seven when two punctures on the way to Bordeaux cost him the yellow jersey to no less than three other rides on the same time in the general classification, Frantz, Andre Leducq and Victor Fontan. Fontan was the sole leader of the race when a broken bike led to his retirement, leaving De Waele in the lead, seventy five seconds ahead of Frantz. However, punctures to De Waele gave the lead to his nearest rival until he too suffered the same problem. With Frantz out of the running for the title, sickness in Grenoble nearly cost him too but with help from his teammates, he was led to victory.

1927 Tour de France

The 1927 Tour de France was the 21st edition of the Tour de France, taking place from 19 June to 17 July. It consisted of 24 stages over 5,398 km (3,354 mi).

Nicolas Frantz Luxembourgian racing cyclist

Nicolas Frantz was a Luxembourgish bicycle racer with 60 professional racing victories over his 12-year career. He rode for the Thomann team in 1923 and then for Alcyon-Dunlop from 1924 to 1931. He won the Tour de France in 1927 and 1928.

1928 Tour de France

The 1928 Tour de France was the 22nd edition of the Tour de France, taking place from 17 June to 15 July. It consisted of 22 stages over 5,376 km (3,340 mi).

After winning the 1929 Tour, the organiser, Henri Desgrange despaired so much of the trickery that he thought had let such a minor rider succeed that he abandoned commercially sponsored teams and ran the Tour for national teams for two decades. Desgrange had until then insisted that while riders could compete in the name of their sponsors, cooperation or tactics between those riders was not allowed. They were to consider everyone their rival and ride against them whether they had the same sponsor or not.

Henri Desgrange French racing cyclist, journalist and organiser of the first Tour de France

Henri Desgrange was a French bicycle racer and sports journalist. He set twelve world track cycling records, including the hour record of 35.325 kilometres (21.950 mi) on 11 May 1893. He was the first organiser of the Tour de France.

De Waele was sponsored by the French bicycle company, Alcyon, whose ability to employ many of the leading riders gave it a dominant place in the sport. Clashes between Alcyon and Desgrange were frequent and came to a head when De Waele won the Tour with the illegal help of other Alcyon riders even though he was ill.

Alcyon former French automaker

The Alcyon was a French bicycle, automobile and motorcycle manufacturer between 1903 and 1954.

"My Tour has been won by a corpse," Desgrange complained and from the following year denied entries to commercial teams and accepted national teams instead.

De Waele finished 5th in 1931. Other notable wins include the 1928 and 1929 Tour of the Basque Country.

1931 Tour de France

The 1931 Tour de France was the 25th edition of the Tour de France, which took place from 30 June to 26 July. It consisted of 24 stages over 5,091 km (3,163 mi).

The Tour of the Basque Country is an annual cycling stage race held in the Spanish Basque Country in April. It is one of the races that make up the UCI World Tour calendar. As the Basque Country is a mountainous area, there are few flat stages, and thus the event favors those who are strong climbers. The race is characterized by its short stages, rarely exceeding 200 km, and steep ascents. While the ascents featured in the race aren't particularly high compared to other stage races, they are among the steepest seen in professional cycling, some having sections with gradients reaching well above 20%.

Career achievements

Major results

1927 Labor-Dunlop
Tour de France
2nd overall, @ + 1h 48' 21"
1st, Stage 2 (Dieppe - Le Havre), 103km
1st, Stage 13 (Perpignan - Marseille), 360km
1928 Alcyon-Dunlop
Tour de France
3rd overall, @ + 56' 16"
1st, Stage 8 (Bordeaux - Hendaye), 225km
1st, Stage 20 (Charleville - Malo-les-Bains), 271km
1st overall, Tour of the Basque Country
1929 Belgium
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg 1st overall, 5254km in 186h 39' 16" (28.319km/h)
1st, Stage 20 (Charleville - Malo-les-Bains), 270km
1st overall, Tour of the Basque Country
1931 Belgium
1st overall, Tour of Belgium

Grand Tour results timeline

Stages won
Tour de France 2 3 1 DNE 5
Stages won2210
Vuelta a España N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Stages won
2–3Top three-finish
4–10Top ten-finish
11–Other finish
DNEDid Not Enter
DNF-xDid Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-xDid Not Start (no started on stage x)
N/ARace/classification not held
NRNot Ranked in this classification


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