A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 23
1929 Victor Fontan - a rider who was shot twice in the leg during World War I - was preparing for victory when he crashed, breaking his forks. Like Christophe before him, the rules stated he needed to either fix his own bike, prove it was irreparable to the judges, finish with his bike, or quit.
As it was late at night the judges were nowhere to be seen, so he knocked on every door in a village in the hope he could borrow a bike. He eventually found one, strapped his old bike to his back and continued his defence of the yellow jersey.
Eventually, realising he was chasing an impossible dream, he stopped and sobbed by side of the road.
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