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9th Paris-Roubaix 1904 (France)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian




Aucouturier Again!

Although motorized pacers were eliminated in 1901, tandem and triplet bicycle pacers were allowed until this year. Organizers tried to ‘level the playing field' for all competitors by eliminating pacers.

Defending champion Hyppolite Aucouturier (Fra) broke clear in a 4-rider breakaway near Breteuil (approx. 180 km to go). Helped by a strong tailwind the group climbed the Doullens hill (approx. 85 km to go) well ahead of schedule. At the entrance of the Velodrome Aucouturier and Cesar Garin (Fra) were alone. Aucouturier went for a long sprint and held off Garin late charge to become the 3 rd P-R two-time winner.

P-R April 3, 1904
268 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Hyppolite AUCOUTURIER (Fra)

2. Cesar Garin (Fra)

3. Lucien Pothier (Fra)

Starters: 64

Finishers: 42

Average Speed: 32.518 km/h



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