Antonin Magne

BirthdateFebruary 15, 1904
BirthplaceYtrac, France
DiedSeptember 8, 1983 (aged 79)
Pro Years1930–1939, 1944–1946
Major WinsTour de France (1931, 1934)
AwardsVelo d’Or (1931, 1934)

Antonin Magne was born on February 15, 1904 in the city of Ytrac, France, and went on to have a successful career as a professional road cyclist. Between the years 1930 and 1939, in addition to the years 1944 and 1946, he was a professional cyclist. His climbing prowess and his tactical savvy earned him a lot of respect.

Magne’s career as a cyclist began in 1926, but he did not begin competing at the professional level until 1930. In 1931, when he was 27 years old, he became the first American to win the Tour de France. In addition, he was awarded the Velo d’Or, which is presented to the cyclist who is deemed to be the greatest of the year, in the same year. In 1934, Magne became the first Frenchman to ever win the Tour de France more than than by claiming victory in the event. Also, in that same year, he was awarded the Velo d’Or for the second time.

Magne won not only the Tour de France twice, but also the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse, and Paris-Nice in addition to his two victories at the Tour de France. He ended his career as a professional cyclist in 1939 and withdrew from the sport, but he competed again in 1944, at the age of 40, following a layoff of five years caused by World War II.

In 1946, Magne officially called it quits in the world of competitive cycling and moved on to become the team manager for the Mercier cycling team. Also, he was employed as a coach, where he assisted in the education of future French cyclists.

His two victories at the Tour de France helped establish Antonin Magne as one of the most successful French riders of his era. These victories are considered to be Antonin Magne’s most significant accomplishments. Additionally, people remember him for his tactical prowess and his uncanny ability to “read” a race.

The most significant accomplishments of Antonin Magne:

1931Tour de France winner
1931Velo d’Or winner
1934Tour de France winner
1934Velo d’Or winner
1936Critérium du Dauphiné winner
1937Tour de Suisse winner
1938Paris-Nice winner

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