Originally Posted by calamarichris
Where did you first learn of Vietto? Can you recommend any good books on Tour & Classics history?
Peace & safe riding!
Not sure where I first saw the story. I've picked up a lot online. www.memoire-du-cyclisme.net
which you have already found is a very useful resource. If you google it and then use the translate option most of it is very readable. Years ago on thsi site I started a tread on riders who won the TDF in their first attempt. Several early riders were proposed, apparently the official TDF site at the least implied they had won on their first attemt. Memorie put the lie to that, many won on their first finish, only memorie seemed to list DNFs.
I strongly suggest getting a list of riders names. Yuo can find all kinds of stuff by just putting Anquetil Merckx Hinalut Coppi in a search engine, where searching be race often gets few decent hits in a sea of vacation advertisemsnts.
BTW the times given in the article you posted are very misleading. Time gaps were often huge in the early years. Also it looks like some of the 'wait times' They give for Vietto are after he got Magne off and riding. Saying a rider only lost 5 minutes because that was the final gap is a bit off it they were 15 minutes up hte road before things started. I thnik both the myth and the 'debunking' are exagerated.