Amateur Road World Champs
August 18, 1935
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.