International Cycling

TDF record-holder dies at 96

2013-10-17 18:03
TDF logo (File)

Bourges - Albert Bourlon, who holds the record for the longest ever breakaway in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 96, his family announced on Thursday.

Born on November 23, 1916, he lined up in his first Tour in 1938.

After the race resumed following World War II Bourlon created Tour history with a 253 kilometre stage-winning break between Carcassonne and Luchon on July 11, 1947.

During WWII he was captured and then escaped to Romania where in 1944 he won the Bucharest-Ploesti-Bucharest classic.

Bourlon died at Bourges, where the velodrome is named in his honour, on Wednesday.

Read more on:    tdf  |  cycling

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.