Historic Overview Paul Deman

Rider

Overall Rank774
NamePaul DEMAN
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth25-Apr-1889 - Rekkem (West Vlaanderen)
Date of death31-Jul-1961 - Outrijve (West Vlaanderen)
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Paul Deman - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1909 Saphir 283 48
2. 1910 Saphir 32 186
3. 1911 Individual 683 26
4. 1912 Individual 168 93
5. 1913 Automoto 1625 5
6. 1914 Alcyon 254 66
7. 1920 Individual 663 26
8. 1921 Individual 185 82
9. 1922 Automoto 299 71
10. 1923 O. Lapize 424 50
11. 1924 La Francaise 335 73
Overall: 4951 774

Biography

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

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. He won the gruelling 592 km Bordeaux–Paris in 1914. 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. He started racing again and won Paris–Roubaix in 1920 and Paris–Tours in 1923.

source - Wikipedia