Nicolas Frantz

BornNovember 4, 1899 in Mamer, Luxembourg
DiedNovember 8, 1985 in Paris, France
Major teamsAlcyon, Thomann, Peugeot
Professional career1923 – 1937
Major winsTour de France (1927, 1928), Tour of Belgium (1927), Paris-Roubaix (1927, 1928), Critérium des As (1931)

Nicolas Frantz was a professional road cyclist who competed throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He was from Luxembourg and he rode for the Luxembourg national team. He was born in the year 1899 in the tiny village of Mamer, which is located in the southwestern region of Luxembourg. He began his racing career as an amateur when he was in his late teens. In 1923, he made the transition to the professional ranks and joined the French team Alcyon, which at the time was widely considered to be one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Soon after joining the Alcyon team, Frantz made a name for himself as a skilled rider and swiftly rose through the ranks to become a key player. Because of his tenacity and his mountaineering prowess, stage races were no match for him. He was renowned for his ability to scale steep terrain. After achieving a second-place finish in the Tour de France in 1924, he went on to win the race in 1927 and 1928, making him the first person to do it consecutively. In 1927, he was victorious in the Tour of Belgium, and in 1931, he took first place in the Critérium des As.

Frantz’s power and stamina made him a formidable adversary in one-day competitions, which is where he achieved the most of his victories. He won Paris-Roubaix in 1927 and 1928, and he finished on the podium in several other classics, such as the Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo. In addition to this, Frantz had a reputation for being a good sportsman who always played fairly. In 1928, he became famous for waiting for his colleague Adelin Benoit to catch up to him during a pivotal juncture in the Tour de France. Benoit had been involved in an accident and had ruptured a tire before the accident.

In 1937, Frantz made the decision to end his career as a professional cyclist; yet, he did not completely withdraw from racing. Until his passing in 1985, he was well known in the cycling world for his work as a writer and a commentator, and up until the time of his passing, he was revered by that group.

The two victories that Nicolas Frantz has earned in the Tour de France and the two triumphs that he has earned in the Paris-Roubaix races are among his most notable accomplishments. The following are the seven accomplishments that he is most proud of:

1927Tour de France
1927Tour of Belgium
1928Tour de France
1930Grand Prix Wolber
1931Critérium des As

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