Lucien Lesna during Paris-Brest-Paris 1901 edition

Lucien Lesna during Paris-Brest-Paris 1901 edition

In the 1901 edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, pictured above, Lucien Lesna attacked early in the race and arrived in Brest two hours ahead of his main competitors. On the way back, he stopped to take a bath in Rennes because of a sweltering heat. This was a mistake, Maurice Garin, who would win the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, caught him and won the race at the Parc des Princes. Lucien Lesna took his revenge in the following year by winning the only edition of Marseille-Paris in 38 hours 43 minute.

Lucien Lesna (11 October 1863 – 11 July 1932) was a French racing cyclist. He won 1901 and 1902 editions of Paris–Roubaix.

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