Historic Overview Maurice Archambaud

Rider

Overall Rank290
NameMaurice ARCHAMBAUD
Country
  France
Date of birth30-Aug-1906 - Paris (Lle de France)
Date of death03-Dec-1955 - Le Raincy (Lle de France)
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Biography

Maurice Archambaud (born Paris, 30 August 1906, died Le Raincy, 3 December 1955) 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.

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.

He set the world hour record at 45.767 km at the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan on 3 November 1937. He beat the Dutchman, Frans Slaats' record of 45.485 km, set on 29 September 1937. 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 nine stages and wear the yellow jersey.

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

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Paris - Nice 1936, 1939
G.P. des Nations 1932
Tour de France - stages 1933 (2), 1935 (2), 1936 (1), 1937 (1), 1939 (4)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1935 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1936 (1)

Seasons

Maurice Archambaud - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1932 Alcyon - Dunlop - Armor 880 29
2. 1933 Alcyon - Dunlop 1721 8
3. 1934 Dei 470 59
4. 1935 A. Leducq - Mercier - Hutchinson 2213 3
5. 1936 A. Leducq - Mercier 1266 17
6. 1937 A. Leducq - Mercier 459 90
7. 1938 A. Leducq - Hutchinson 1 805
8. 1939 A. Leducq - Hutchinson 2117 3
9. 1940 Mercier - Hutchinson 0 434
10. 1941 Mercier - Hutchinson 6 412
11. 1942 Mercier - Hutchinson 0 527
12. 1943 Alcyon - Dunlop 80 168
13. 1944 Mercier - Hutchinson 0 450
Overall: 9213 290