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9th Tour de France 1911

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

The Grand Galibier

The monster climbs of the Pyrenees Mountains were a huge success in 1910. Always looking for a harder Tour de France (TdF), race director Henri Desgranges turns to the climbs of the Alps . The next legendary climb of the TdF was named the Col du Galibier. It would become the race director's favorite mountain. In an effort to glorify his new addition to the Tour, Henri Desgranges wrote in an editorial about his alpine-giant, the Galibier, O, col Bayard, O, Tourmalet... next to Galibier you are worthless.

Pre-race favorite Gustave Garrigou won stage 1 in Dunkerque and stubbornly answered all challenges through 15 stages to take the 1911 victory in Paris.

SPECIAL NOTE: Emile Georget supplied the drama of stage 5 when he won the first ever ascent of the Col du Galibier.

SPECIAL NOTE: The one of the pre-race favorite Paul Duboc is given a spiked water bottle, allegedly by a rival team manager, and collapses in a ditch in the Pyrenees. Later in the race Gustave Garrigou, the eventual winner, had to be disguised in a wig and dark glasses to get past furious Duboc fans in Rouen.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Paris-Dunkerque, 351 km

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 2 Dunkerque-Longwy, 388 km

Jules Masselis (Bel)

Jules Masselis (Bel)

Stage 3 Longwy-Belfort, 336 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 4 Belfort-Chamonix, 344 km

Charles Crupelandt (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 5 Chamonix-Grenoble, 366 km

Emile Georget (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 6 Grenoble-Nice, 345 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 7 Nice-Marseille, 331 km

Charles Crupelandt (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 8 Marseille-Perpignan, 335 km

Paul Duboc (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 9 Perpignan-Luchon, 289 km

Paul Duboc (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 10 Luchon-Bayonne, 326 km

Maurice Brocco (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 11 Bayonne-La Rochelle, 379 km

Paul Duboc (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 12 La Rochelle-Brest, 470 km

Marcel Godivier (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 13 Brest-Cherbourg, 405 km

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 14 Cherbourg-Le Havre, 361 km

Paul Duboc (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Stage 15 Le Havre-Paris/Parc des Princes, 317 km

Marcel Godivier (Fra)

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)



TdF July 2-30, 1911
5,343 Km

1. Gustave GARRIGOU (Fra) 43 pts

2. Paul Duboc (Fra) 61 pts

3. Emile Georget (Fra) 84 pts

Starters: 84
Finishers: 28
Average Speed: 27.322 km/h

TdF 1910

TdF 1912

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