|Full name||Romain Maes|
10 August 1912|
Zerkegem, West Flanders, Belgium
|Died||22 February 1983
Groot-Bijgaarden, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
Maes was the 13th child in his family. He started racing when he was 17. He turned professional in 1933 and won the Omloop van het Westen (Tour of the West). The following year he started the Tour de France and twice finished stages in second place. He then crashed on the day from Digne to Nice and left the race in an ambulance.
His win in 1935 ended a six-year run by French riders. He became a hero in Belgium.
He won the 1936 Paris–Roubaix but wasn't given the victory. The judge said he had seen the Frenchman, Georges Speicher, win. In 1938 he was well on the way to winning Paris-Brussels, leading the race by 100m with only 500m to go. He rode into the velodrome on which the race finished, crossed the line and stopped. The chasers, who had remembered that there was a further lap to ride, swept by him. Maes realised his mistake too late and Marcel Kint won.
Maes rode on the track for several years with his namesake, Sylvère Maes, to whom he wasn't related.
Grand Tour results timeline
|Tour de France||DNF||1||DNF||DNE||DNE||DNF|
|Vuelta a España||N/A||DNE||DNE||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|DNE||Did Not Enter|
|DNF-x||Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)|
|DNS-x||Did Not Start (no started on stage x)|
|N/A||Race/classification not held|
|NR||Not Ranked in this classification|
- laura. "Historique de Paris-Roubaix". lauravanel-coytte.com.