Tour de France, 1927

The 1927 Tour de France was the 21st edition of the prestigious cycling race. It took place from June 19 to July 17, 1927. The race covered a total distance of 5,398 kilometers (3,354 miles) over 24 stages. The route was composed of both flat and mountainous terrain, and it featured several challenging climbs in the Pyrenees and the Alps.

The race was won by Nicolas Frantz, a Luxembourgian cyclist, who also won the previous year's Tour de France. He became the first rider to successfully defend his title since Philippe Thys in 1913. Frantz was known for his consistent riding and strong performance in the mountains.

Here are some key points and highlights from the 1927 Tour de France:

  1. Nicolas Frantz: As mentioned, Nicolas Frantz was the winner of the 1927 Tour de France. He dominated the race and secured his second consecutive victory.

  2. Henri Pélissier: French cyclist Henri Pélissier won the most stages in the race, with six stage wins. Despite his stage victories, he could not match Frantz's overall consistency and finished second in the general classification.

  3. Team Alcyon: Nicolas Frantz and Henri Pélissier were both members of the Alcyon cycling team, which also won the team classification.

  4. Alps and Pyrenees: The race included several challenging mountain stages in both the Alps and the Pyrenees, which tested the riders' climbing abilities.

  5. Foreign Dominance: The Tour de France in the 1920s saw the dominance of foreign riders, particularly from Luxembourg, Belgium, and Italy. This trend continued in the 1927 edition with a Luxembourgian winner.

  6. Overall Standings: Here are the top five finishers in the general classification of the 1927 Tour de France:

    • Nicolas Frantz (Luxembourg)
    • Henri Pélissier (France)
    • Maurice De Waele (Belgium)
    • Ferdinand Le Drogo (France)
    • Julien Vervaecke (Belgium)

The 1927 Tour de France is notable for its historical significance in the world of professional cycling. It marked another victory for Nicolas Frantz and solidified his reputation as a formidable cyclist of his era.