Am­a­teur Road World Champs

Au­gust 18, 1935

Cycling Weekly - - FROM THE ARCHIVE -

Bri­tain’s Percy Stal­lard mixes it up with the lead­ers in the early stages of the 1935 World Am­a­teur Road Cham­pi­onships in Flor­effe, Bel­gium. Stal­lard sprinted to sec­ond place in the sec­ond main group to fin­ish 12th over­all.

Held on an 8.5-mile cir­cuit in Flor­effe near Na­mur, an es­ti­mated quar­ter of a mil­lion peo­ple lined the route. Thou­sands of fans slept in tents, with most ho­tels in the area full even for race del­e­gates.

For the first half of the 101-mile 12-lap race, a break­away didn’t get away, but the speed was slowly wind­ing up each lap. The de­ci­sive break rode clear af­ter the sev­enth lap, when Ital­ian rider Ivo Mancini, French­man Séverin Vergili and Dan­ish rider Werner Grund­hall formed a strong trio.

Mancini at­tacked to take gold, and French­man Robert Char­p­en­tier sen­sa­tion­ally bridged a two-minute gap to take sil­ver as Grund­hall set­tled for third.

In the pro­fes­sional race, home rider Jean Aerts took gold, beat­ing out Span­ish rider Lu­ciano Mon­tero by three min­utes, with fel­low Bel­gian Gus­tave Dan­neels com­ing home a fur­ther six min­utes be­hind to take third.

Photo: Cy­cling Weekly ar­chive

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