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Octave Lapize

Full name: Louis Octave Lapize
Nickname(s): Tatave, Le frisé
Gender: Male
Born: October 24, 1887 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: July 14, 1917 in Toul, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Octave Lapize was the only 1908 Olympic cyclist to become well-known as a professional cyclist. In 1907 he won the French road and cyclo-cross championships. In 1909-10 he won Paris-Roubaix and from 1911-13 he won the Paris-Brussels race. He was also French champion on the roads in 1910-13. He raced in the Tour de France from 1909-14 winning the race in 1910, while taking four stages during that race. He also won stages at the Tour in 1912 and 1914, but never again finished the race. He is perhaps best known for his comments to the Tour organizers during the 1910 race, while he ascended the Col du Tourmalet, noting, "Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins [You are murderers. Yes, murderers.]" In World War I, Lapize served as a sergeant in the artillery, and a fighter pilot. He was injured during an aerial battle, and died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres France FRA 4 h2 r2/3
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's 20 kilometres France FRA AC r2/2
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's 100 kilometres France FRA 3 Bronze

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France FRA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France FRA Round One Heat Six 1 QU 3:06.8

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France Final Round Match 1/2 AC
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France Round One Heat Four 4 QC

Men's 100 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France Final Round Match 1/2 3
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling France Round One Heat Two 4 QU