Maurice De Waele
- Category : 1896-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (16)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 4
Belgian professional road bicycle racer, most famous for winning the 1929 Tour de France. He led the Tour until stage seven when two punctures on the way to Bordeaux cost him the yellow jersey to no less than three other rides on the same time in the general classification, Frantz, Andre Leducq and Victor Fontan. Fontan was the sole leader of the race when a broken bike led to his retirement, leaving De Waele in the lead, seventy five seconds ahead of Frantz. However, punctures to De Waele gave the lead to his nearest rival until he too suffered the same problem. With Frantz out of the running for the title, sickness in Grenoble nearly cost him too but with help from his teammates, he was led to victory.
Previously De Waele placed 2nd in the 1927 Tour, an hour and fifty eight minutes after Nicolas Frantz and 3rd in 1928, again won by Frantz.
Maurice De Waele died on 14 February 1952, aged 55, in Maldegem, East Flanders, Belgium.