Maurice Archambaud

Maurice Archambaud
Personal information
Full name Maurice Archambaud
Nickname Le Nabot
Born (1906-08-30)August 30, 1906
Paris, France
Died December 3, 1955(1955-12-03) (aged 49)
Le Raincy, France
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
10 stages Tour de France
Paris–Nice (1939)
Infobox last updated on
June 18, 2008

Maurice Archambaud (born Paris, 30 August 1906, died Le Raincy, 3 December 1955[1]) was a French professional cyclist from 1932 to 1944. His short stature earned him the nickname of le nabot, or "the dwarf", but his colossal thighs made him an exceptional rider.

He won Paris-Soissons and Paris-Verneuil as an amateur in 1931 and turned professional the following year for Alcyon, one of the top teams in France. He won the inaugural Grand Prix des Nations in his first season.[2]

He set the world hour record at 45.767 km at the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan on 3 November 1937.[3] He beat the Dutchman, Frans Slaats' record of 45.485 km, set on 29 September 1937.[4] The record stood for five years before being beaten by Fausto Coppi.

Archambaud rode for France in the Tour de France between the wars. His sudden changes of form and frequent falls meant that he never won the race, but he did win nine stages[1] and wear the yellow jersey.

He won a shorter stage race, Paris–Nice, in 1936 and 1939.[5]

Major results

Grand Prix des Nations: winner
Tour de France:
Winner stages 1 and 11
5th overall
9 days in the yellow jersey
Tour de France:
Winner stages 5A and 14B
7th overall
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 14B
Six days of Paris
GP de l'Echo d'Alger
Tour de France:
Winner stage 4
5 days in the yellow jersey.
Tour de France:
Winner stage 2
Hour record
Giro della provincia Milano (with Aldo Bini)
Tour de France:
Winner stages 10B, 10C, 12B and 17B


Preceded by
Frans Slaats
UCI hour record (45.767 km)
3 November 1937-7 November 1942
Succeeded by
Fausto Coppi

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