|Full name||Oscar Egg|
2 March 1890|
|Died||9 February 1961
|Discipline||Road and track|
|set the hour record 3 times
2 stages Tour de France (1914)
1 stage Giro d'Italia (1919)
Paris Tours (1914)
|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
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.
- Tour de France:
- Winner stages 8, 10 and 11 (independents category)
Major track victories include:
- Six days of Chicago
- Six days of Chicago (with Francesco Verri)
- Six days of New York (with Marcel Dupuy)
- Switzerland national track championship
- He defeated Alfred Goullet on July 4, 1921 at the Newark Velodrome in Newark, New Jersey Six day race in New York with Piet van Kempen.
- Six days of Paris (with Georges Sérès père)
- Six Days of Ghent (with Marcel Buysse)
- Six days of Paris (with Piet Van Kempen)
- Six days of Chicago (with Maurice Brocco)
- Six days of Chicago (with Alfred Grenda)
- Bol d'Or
- Switzerland national track sprint championship
|UCI hour record (42.122 km)
22 August 1912-7 August 1913
|UCI hour record (43.525 km)
21 August 1913-20 September 1913
|UCI hour record (44.247 km)
18 August 1914-25 August 1933
Jan van Hout
- Clemitson, Suze (19 September 2014). "Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "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...
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Oscar Egg.|
- Oscar Egg's palmares at memoire-du-cyclisme.net (French)
- Oscar Egg at the Cycling Hall of Fame
- Official Tour de France results for Oscar Egg
- Oscar Egg profile at Cycling Archives
- UCI official records page
- Oscar Egg in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.