1928 Tour de France
The 22nd edition of the Tour de France started on 17 June 1928 in Paris and ended on 15 July also in Paris. There were 86 riders divided over 17 teams at the start. Besides brand teams with 4 to 10 riders per team, there were regional teams of 4 or 5 riders (Alsace-Lorraine, Champagne, Normandie, Haute-Bretagne, Sud-Est, Île-de-France, Nord, Midi, and Côte d'Azur ). For the first time an English speaking team took part, the Ravat-Wonder-Dunlop team consisting of the Australian riders Hubert Opperman, Perry Osborne, Ernest Bainbridge and the New Zealander Harry Watson. Opperman was the best of the four; he finished eighteenth in the final standings, more than eight and a half hours from the overall winner. In addition, there were 76 individuals (touristes-routiers) at the start. In the stages that were run as a team time trial, the regional teams on the one hand and the touristes-routiers on the other hand started in groups.
Already in the first stage, the winner of the previous year, Nicolas Frantz, took the yellow jersey. Neither the flat stages, which were driven by team, nor the mountain stages caused him much trouble. In the 19th stage, however, he broke his front and rear forks. Riding a spectator's bike (not a racing bike, just a simple women's bike), and with the help of his strong Alcyon team, he managed to limit the loss to 28 minutes, keeping the yellow jersey. He was the only one to wear the yellow jersey for an entire Tour (Maurice Garin (1903), Ottavio Bottecchia (1924) and Romain Maes (1935) were also the general classification leader from start to finish, but Frantz was the only one to do so as the winner of the did in the previous year).
Number of rides: 22
Total distance: 5376 km
Average speed: 28,400 km/h
Number of participants: 162
Number of failures: 121
Belgian and Dutch performances
In total, 26 Belgians and 0 Dutchmen took part in the 1928 Tour.
Belgian stage wins
Gaston Rebry won the 3rd stage from Cherbourg to Dinan.
Pé Verhaegen won the 4th stage from Dinan to Brest.
Maurice De Waele won the 8th stage from Bordeaux to Hendaye and the 20th stage from Charleville to Malo-les-Bains.
Dutch stage wins
In 1928 there was no Dutch stage victory.
In the 1st to 9th and 16th to 21st stages, the teams started separately with 10 or 15 minutes between each start. The touristes-routiers always started last.
Stage 1 Paris - Caen (207 km): Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
Stage 2 Caen - Cherbourg (140 km): André Leducq (Fra)
Stage 3 Cherbourg - Dinan (199 km): Gaston Rebry (Bel)
Stage 4 Dinan - Brest (206 km): Pé Verhaegen (Bel)
Stage 5 Brest - Vannes (208 km): Marcel Bidot (Fra)
Stage 6 Vannes - Les Sables d'Olonne (204 km): Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
Stage 7 Les Sables d'Olonne - Bordeaux (285 km): Victor Fontan (Fra)
Stage 8 Bordeaux - Hendaye (223 km): Maurice De Waele (Bel)
Stage 9 Hendaye - Luchon (387 km): Victor Fontan (Fra)
Stage 10 Luchon - Perpignan (323 km): André Leducq (Fra)
Stage 11 Perpignan - Marseille (363 km): André Leducq (Fra)
12th stage Marseille - Nice (330 km): Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
Stage 13 Nice - Grenoble (333 km): Antonin Magne (Fra)
Stage 14 Grenoble - Evian (329 km): Julien Moineau (Fra)
Stage 15 Evian - Pontarlier (213 km): Pierre Magne (Fra)
16th stage Pontarlier - Belfort (122 km): André Leducq (Fra)
17th stage Belfort - Strasbourg (145 km): Joseph Mauclair (Fra)
Stage 18 Strasbourg - Metz (165 km): Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
19th stage Metz - Charleville (159 km): Marcel Huot (Fra)
Stage 20 Charleville - Malo les Bains (271 km): Maurice De Waele (Bel)
21st stage Malo les Bains - Dieppe (234 km): Antonin Magne (Fra)
22nd stage Dieppe - Paris (331 km): Nicolas Frantz (Lux)(The distances per stage are those published in the organizing magazine L'Auto of 17 June 1928)