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Despite undergoing surgery for a lumbar hernia just a month prior to the race, Roger Lapebie, right, won the 1937 Tour de France albeit under considerable controversy. Among the complaints were Lapebie passing a set of railroad tracks whilst his pursuers were held back by a passing train, which the Belgians saw as one of a series of handicaps against their team and star rider Sylvère Maes. The Roger Viollet photo was published in MONOVISIONS’ look back at the race’s history.