1931 Grand Prix de la Presse Sportive - Louis Gérardin
by Matthias Van Milders on 17 June 2021
The French sprinter Louis Gérardin can hardly be called a flash in the pan. He rode his first national speed championship in the professional ranks in 1931 and was still in that category in 1955. In between, he had also ascended the World Championship finishing podium 11 times. Gérardin won the 1931 Grand Prix de la Presse Sportive at the legendary Buffalo velodrome in Paris. Toto also claimed victory in that speed competition. An impressive win, even though a flu-stricken Jef Scherens, a highly formidable opponent, was not participating. Poeske was then posied for a phenomenal career. The trophy that Gérardin is carrying was produced by the French artist Maurice Guiraud-Rivière. The work is called The Comet, a name that suits sprinter Louis Gérardin right down to the ground.