Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gustaff Deloor

Gustaff Deloor
Gustaff Deloor was a Belgian road racing cyclist who was born on June 24, 1913. He is famous for being the first winner of the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) in 1935. He returned in 1936 to win the second edition of this race. 
The first edition of the Vuelta a Espana in 1935.
Deloor was a professional racer from 1932 until 1939 when World War II caused the end of his career. He was captured by the Germans in 1940 and served as a prisoner of war. Gustaff was allowed to work in the kitchen while held prisoner because a German officer was interested in cycling. After the war Deloor moved to the United States where he lived until 1980, when he returned to Belgium. He passed away on January 28, 2002.
Gustaff Deloor winning a stage of the 1935 Vuelta

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