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12th Paris-Roubaix 1907 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Police Enforce Road Tax

London born Frenchman Georges Passerieu was known as the “Englishman of Paris ” . Passerieu came to P-R as a neo-pro from the Peugeot team. Midway through the race he was in the winning breakaway. Not a great sprinter Passerieu needed to be solo to win. A solid attack in Douai saw him ride clear of the original breakaway. A solo leader was stopped at the entrance of the Velodrome by a gendarme (police officer) to check the “road tax” plate on Passerieu's bike. Angered by the incident Passerieu flew around the final 3 laps to claim the victory.

P-R March 31, 1907
270 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Georges PASSERIEU (Fra)

2. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Bel)
3. Louis Trousselier (Fra)
Starters: 56
Finishers: 22
Average Speed: 30.971 km/h

 

 

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