Tour director Henri Desgrange, who had seen how ill Dewaele was, was furious that the Alcyon team had been able to dominate the race to such an extent that he won it anyway. "My Tour has been won by a corpse!" he proclaimed, insisting that the outcome had been decided by trickery rather than by skill - while Desgrange had never much liked trade teams (because, first of all, he felt that the Tour should be won by heroic solo effort, and secondly because they could join forces in opposition to his decisions, which he really hated), but was probably more furious than he'd otherwise have been because he was hoping for an especially spectacular victory that year when the Tour was reaching a larger than ever audience due to being covered by live radio broadcasts for the first time. As a result, the following year trade teams were banned from the Tour in favour of national teams, which Desgrange believed would prevent the team tactics he had always hated so much. (For a more complete description of the events that led to Dewaele's Tour victory, click here.)
Happy birthday to José Pérez Francés, third place winner in the 1963 Tour de France behind Jacques Anquetil and Federico Bahamontes. He was twice Spanish Road Champion (1960 and 1963), won three stages in the Vuelta a Espana and came 2nd overall in 1968, came 5th overall in the 1968 Giro d'Italia and 2nd in the 1963 Dauphiné Libéré where he won Stage 3. Francés was born in Peñacastillo, Spain on this day in 1936.
Happy birthday to Pascal Simon who won the maillot jaune following Stage 10 of the 1983 Tour de France. The next day, he crashed and broke his shoulder - yet remained in the race for another six days. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Well, except Jens Voigt perhaps. Simon also won the Tour de l'Avenir in 1981.
(image credit: Graham Dean CC BY 2.0)
Other cyclists born on this day: Klaas Balk (Netherlands, 1948), Dennis Brooks (Cayman Isles, 1976), William Clay (Japan, raced for the USA, 1975), Dashjamtsyn Mönkhbat (Mongolia, 1963), Péter Kusztor (Hungary, 1986), Václav Machek (Czechoslovakia, 1925), Englebert Opdebeeck (Netherlands, 1945), Dimo Angelov Tonchev (Bulgaria, 1953), John Vande Velde (USA, 1949), Marian Turowski (Poland, 1965), Charles Westerholm (Finland, raced for the USA, 1897, died 1977).