The 1933 Tour de France was the 27th Tour de France, taking place June 27 to July 23, 1933. It consisted of 23 stages over 4,395 km, ridden at an average speed of 29.818 km/h.
This race featured the introduction of the mountains competition, in which cyclists were challenged to climb the mountains the fastest, with points given to the fastest ascenders. This competition was won by Spanish Vicente Trueba, who reached 9 of the 16 mountain peaks first.
The time bonus of two minutes had a large influence on the outcome of the race. Thanks to this bonus, Georges Speicher managed to win the race; without the bonus, Italian Giuseppe Martano would have been the winner.
... For the 1933 UCI Road World Championships, that was held after the race, Tour de France winner Georges Speicher was initially not selected ... Speicher was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France and the World Championship in the same year ...
... In 1933, the King of the Mountains classification was first calculated ... The Tour de France director, Henri Desgrange, decided that cyclists should receive a bonus for reaching the tops first ...
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