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Octave Lapize Photo Gallery

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Octave Lapize (October 24, 1887 - July 14, 1917) won the Tour de France in 1910, the first year the race went into the high mountains. He is probably most remembered for what he said to Tour de France officials Alphonse Steinès and Victor Breyer as he pushed his bike up the Col d'Aubisque, glassy-eyed and exhausted,  "You are murderers, yes, murderers [Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!]"

Lapize, a wonderfully talented rider, not only won the Tour de France, he won Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brussels each three times.

After his Tour success, he licensed his name not only to a line of bicycles (made by La Française) but also to accessories such as toe clips and straps. The straps had a long life. I sold them (along with Christophe toe clips) in my bike shop in the 1980s.

His career was cut short by the Great War. He became a fighter pilot and was shot down over the western front.

Major professional victories:

Paris–Roubaix: The Inside Story

1909: Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Dreux, Milano-Varese
1910: Paris-Roubaix, Tour de France with four stage victories
1911: Champion of of France, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, Paris-Brussels
1912: Champion of France, Paris-Brussels
1913: Champion of France, Paris Brussels

Professional Teams:

1909: Biguet-Dunlop
1010: Alcyon-Dunlop
1911 - 1913: La Française-Diamant
1914: La Française-Hutchinson

Nickname: Curly (Frisé)


Octave Lapize

Octave Lapize, a dapper man of the Belle Époque

Octave Lapize in 1910

Octave Lapize in 1910

Lapize wins the 1910 Paris-Roubaix

Lapize and Cyrille van Hauwaert arrive at the velodrome at the end of the 1910 Paris-Roubaix. Lapiz won the sprint.

Garrigou and Lapize

1911 Tour winner Gustave Garrigou reads L'Auto to Lapize during the 1910 Tour de France.

Octave Lapize in the Pyrenees

1910 Tour de France: Lapize in the Pyrenees.

Octave Lapize in the Pyrenees

1910 Tour de France: Lapize in the Pyrenees

Octrave Lapize on the Tourmalet

Octave Lapize is first on the Tourmalet in stage 10 of the 1910 Tour de France.

Octave Lapize reaches the summit of the Tourmalet

1910 Tour de France: Lapize reaches the Tourmalet's summit.

Pierino Albini follows Octave Lapize on the Aubisque

1910 Tour de France, stage 10: Pierino Albini follows Lapize up the Aubisque.

Octave Lapize wins the 1910 Tour de France

Lapize has won the 1910 Tour de France.

Octave Lapize is greeted by his mother

After the 1910 Tour de France at the Parc des Princes velodrome: the victorious Lapize get a hug from his mother.

Octave Lapize portrait

Undated portrait of Lapize.

Lapize in stage 3 of the 1911 Tour de France

Stage 3 of the 1911 Tour de France: Lapize on the Ballon d'Aosace. He was tenth that day.

Octave Lapize on the track

Lapize was also a skilled track racer.

Octave Lapize

Another shot of Lapize track racing.

Octave Lapize

Lapize in what I assume is a French champion's tricolor jersey, meaning this photo was taken around 1912-1914

Octave Lapize and Victor Dupre

1913: Octave Lapize and Victor Dupré after winning the Paris 6-Day at the Vel d'Hiv

Octave Lapize during the war.

Sgt. Lapize during the war.

Lapize Memorial

The Lapize Memorial at the top of the Col du Tourmalet.

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