(14 March 1886 – 19 January 1964) was a Belgian bicycle
racer who twice won the Tour de France
Born in the small town of Florennes
, He bought his first bicycle at 17 and began riding 50 km a day to and from work. His first race was in a local village; he won five francs as first prize. He then bought a racing bike.
He began racing professionally in 1908. In that year he won the championships of Flanders
. He rode the Tour de France from 1911 to 1913 but the First World War
ended the race for the next five years.
When the Tour returned in 1919 it was a miserable affair of war-torn roads, fractured logistics and former contenders no longer alive to compete. Only 11 riders finished. Lambot was approached at the Buffalo
track in Paris, where he had ridden a 24-hour race, to ride the Tour in the Globe Cycles team. He was second for much of the race but took the lead when Eugène Christophe
broke a fork. Observers felt Lambot owed his victory more to Christophe’s bad luck than his own ability and a collection for Christophe surpassed the prize money Lambot received. His performance brought him a contract from the larger Peugeot
team at 300 francs a month. He was engaged to ride just the Tour de France.
In the 1920 and 1921 Lambot placed... Read More