Oscar Egg

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Oscar Egg
Oscar Egg.jpg
Personal information
Full name Oscar Egg
Born (1890-03-02)2 March 1890
Schlatt, Switzerland
Died 9 February 1961(1961-02-09) (aged 70)
Nice, France
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1911
1912–1914
1915–1916
1917–1919
1920–1926
Griffon
Peugeot
Individual
Bianchi
Individual
Major wins
set the hour record 3 times
2 stages Tour de France (1914)
1 stage Giro d'Italia (1919)
Paris Tours (1914)
Milano–Torino (1917)
Infobox last updated on
27 July 2007

Oscar Egg (2 March 1890 in Schlatt, Switzerland - 9 February 1961 in Nice, France) was a Swiss track and road bicycle racer. He captured the world hour record three times before the First World War. He also won major road races and stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

The hour record[edit]

Between 1907 and 1914 Oscar Egg and Marcel Berthet improved the hour record six times between them. Egg's 1914 mark of 44.247 km then stood until 1933. Egg set all three of his records at the Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris. The track was a 333m outdoor track surfaced with concrete. The sequence was as follows:

  • 20 Jun 1907, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 41.520 km
  • 22 Aug 1912, Oscar Egg, Paris, 42.122 km
  • 7 Aug 1913, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 42.741 km
  • 21 Aug 1913, Oscar Egg, Paris, 43.525 km
  • 20 Sep 1913, Marcel Berthet, Paris, 43.775 km
  • 18 Aug 1914, Oscar Egg, Paris, 44.247 km

Only Chris Boardman has equalled Egg and Berthet's feat of taking the record three times.

Road racing[edit]

1911
Tour de France:
Winner stages 8, 10 and 11 (independents category)
1914
  Switzerland national road race championship
Paris–Tours
Tour de France:
Winner stages 4 and 5
1917
Milano–Torino
Milano-Modena
1919
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 3

Track racing[edit]

Major track victories include:

1914
Six days of Chicago
1915
Six days of Chicago (with Francesco Verri)
1916
Six days of New York (with Marcel Dupuy)
  Switzerland national track championship
1921
He defeated Alfred Goullet on July 4, 1921 at the Newark Velodrome in Newark, New Jersey[1] Six day race in New York with Piet van Kempen.
Six days of Paris (with Georges Sérès père)
1922
Six Days of Ghent (with Marcel Buysse)
1923
Six days of Paris (with Piet Van Kempen)
Six days of Chicago (with Maurice Brocco)
1924
Six days of Chicago (with Alfred Grenda)
Bol d'Or
1926
  Switzerland national track sprint championship
Records
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (42.122 km)
22 August 1912-7 August 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (43.525 km)
21 August 1913-20 September 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (44.247 km)
18 August 1914-25 August 1933
Succeeded by
Jan van Hout

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Defeats Goullet in Australian Pursuit Race at Newark Velodrome". New York Times. July 4, 1921. Retrieved 2010-10-03. "Oscar Egg, the gritty Swiss bicycle star, defeated Alfred Goullet, all-around champion America, in a hard fought Australian pursuit race at the Velodrome here today. Egg and Goullet fought for three..." 

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