Antonin Magne

Antonin Magne (* February 15, 1904 in Ytrac, † September 8, 1983 in Arcachon ) was a French cyclist.

Childhood and youth

Antonin Magne was born on his grandparents' farm in Auvergne, who held mainly dairy cows. Later Magnes father rented a small private yard in Livry -Gargan, from where he delivered milk to Paris, among other things, to the dairy " Vacherie de l' Espérance " the Pélissier family whose three sons also successful cyclist and competitor of Antonin Magne were. The son grew fond of cycling, when he surrendered milk by bicycle. His younger brother Pierre was later cyclist and placed three times in the top ten of the "Tour de France ".

Cycling success

Antonin Magne is one of the most successful racing driver of his era. In addition to his two Tour victories in 1931 and 1934, especially his victory at the World Championships in 1936 and his two wins in the classic Paris - Limoges be highlighted in 1927 and 1929. After his World Cup victory, the French cycling newspaper published L' car a collection of signatures of 150,000 fans who congratulated Magne. In addition, he received the French "Golden State Medal ".

1934 Magne won the first individual time trial in the history of the Tour de France.

When the Second World War ended his cycling career.

After cycling

After the death of his father in 1940, who had traveled with a team of horses on a mine, Magne took over the farm and supported the " Resistance " with milk deliveries. After the liberation from German occupation Magne was Chairman of the Paris Dairy Association and sports director of the Mercier cycling team. He was responsible driver as Louison Bobet, Rik Van Steenbergen, Raymond Poulidor, Guy Lapébie and Henry Anglade. The family farm leads Pierre Magne after his return from captivity into which he had fallen in 1940.

Magne was considered closed and wise man, which is why he was also called " Tonin le Sage " ( Tonin the way). In 1962 he was appointed a Knight of the French Legion of Honour. Until his death, he was close to the French Communist Party.

In 2004, in his honor, the last stage of the Tour de France to Paris in his home Livry -Gargan.

Magne Tour


  • With François Terbeen: Antonin Magne. Les épisodes de sa vie et de sa carrière par lui - même commented articles jusqu'en 1939. Pac, Paris 1984, ISBN 2-782853-362269 (formally wrong ISBN ).
  • With François Terbeen: Poulidor et moi. Del Duca, Paris 1968.