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Octave Lapize (b. Montrouge,October 24, 1887 – d. Toulmarker, July 14, 1917) was a Frenchmarker professional road racing cyclist and track cyclist.

Most famous for winning the 1910 Tour de France and a bronze medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics in the men's 100 kilometres, he was a three-time winner of one-day classics, Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brussels.

In his first Tour De France in 1909, he abandoned early due to wintery conditions during the month of July, but not beforehe managed a Stage 2 second place behind Tour winner Francois Faber. The following year he went head-to-head with Alcyon teammate Faber who led comfortably until colliding with a dog at the foot of the Pyreneesmarker. Lapize finally won by just 4 points helped by a number of punctures to Faber's bike on the final stage from Caenmarker to Parismarker. In a total of six starts in the Tour De France between 1909 and 1914, this victory was the only one he finished.

He is noted for looking at some Tour officials on the climb of the Col du Tourmaletmarker in the 1910 Tour de France and yelling, "Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!' (French for 'You are murderers! Yes, murderers!')"

The First World War ended his cycling career. A fighter pilot in the French army, Octave Lapize was shot down near Flireymarker, Meurthe-et-Mosellemarker on June 28, 1917. Severely injured, he died in a hospital in Toul the following month.

Palmares

1908
Summer Olympics Men's 100 kilometres - Bronze Medal
1909
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
1910
Tour de France - 1st Overall and 4 stage wins (Stage 5, 9, 10, 14)
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
1911
Paris-Roubaix, 1st Place
Paris-Tours, 1st Place
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
French National Championships, 1st Place
1912
Tour de France - Stage 6 win
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
French National Championships, 1st Place
1913
Paris-Brussels, 1st Place
French National Championships, 1st Place
1914
Tour de France - Stage 8 win


Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won
Tour DNF-4 1 DNF-4 DNF-9 DNF-3 DNF-10
Stages won 0 4 0 1 0 1
Vuelta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stages won


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