The 1938 Tour de France was the 32nd Tour de France, taking place July 5 to July 31, 1938. It was composed of 21 stages over 4694 km, ridden at an average speed of 31.565 km/h. The race was won by Italian cyclist Gino Bartali, who also won the mountains classification.
... in Europe before the Second World War, Italy did not send a team to the 1939 Tour de France, so Bartali was unable to defend his title ... In 1948, Bartali won his second Tour de France, becoming the first and so far only cyclist to win editions of the Tour de France ten years apart ...
... In the 1938 Tour de France, Schulte joined as a member of the Dutch team ... His team mate Theo Middelkamp did finish the 1938 Tour, and also won a stage, but Middelkamp only won 8.000 francs during the Tour ... They both decided to never return to the Tour, because in other races they could win more money ...
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