I scanned through about a dozen magazines from 1939, and it looks like only a few of the Belgian riders used saddle braces during that year's TdF: most notably Vervaecke, Sylvere Maes, and Roman Maes.
Indian Lake, Ohio
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> > Was Vervaecke a sprinter? Why have the seat brace for a road
> > bike; I thought they were for the track.