Octave Lapize is one of France’s cycling greats winning the Tour de France (1910), Paris-Roubaix (1909, 1910), Paris-Tours (1911), Paris-Brussels (1911, 1912, 1913) and the French National Championships (1911, 1912, 1913).
What he will probably be most remembered for though is yelling ‘Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!’ (‘You are murderers! Yes, murderers!’) at Tour officials on the climb of the Col du Tourmalet in 1910 Tour. The stage in question was 326 kilometers in length, featured seven brutal climbs, and was raced on unsealed roads with single-gear bicycles.
World War I killed Lapize, along with the Tour winners Lucien Petit-Breton (1907, 1908) and François Faber (1909). The Tour of Britain website has an article on the tragic deaths of cyclists during the War marking Remembrance Day.
The Lapize photo comes from BikeRaceInfo.
Liv Tyler photographed by Lara Rossignol in 1995