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3rd Tour de France 1905

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

The Restructuring

The harsh events of the 1904 Tour de France were now in the past and Henri Desgranges promoted the third Tour de France Cycliste in 1905. The major restructuring of the Tour saw race officials set the competition on points, short the stage lengths, add more stage, and eliminate night racing was a formula that worked.

The race was extended from 6 to 11 stages. Frenchman Louis Trousselier and pre-race favorite Hyppolite Aucouturier battled into the penultimate stage 5. Trousselier made the decisive 6-rider breakaway and won the stage. Aucouturier faulted and finished 12th some 3 minutes behind. Hyppolite Aucouturier did not challenge the overall lead again. Louis Trousselier rode the race very consistently, winning stages 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. At the finish in Paris , Trousselier's 35 points beat Aucouturier's total of 61 for a grand Tour de France victory.

The new formula saved this grand race and started the momentum that continued to escalate into the 21st century. The Grand Boucle was here to stay.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Paris-Nancy, 340 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 2 Nancy-Besancon, 299 km

Hyppolite Aucouturier (Fra)

Rene Pottier (Fra)

Stage 3 Besancon-Grenoble, 327 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 4 Grenoble-Toulon, 348 km

Hyppolite Aucouturier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 5 Toulon-Nimes, 192 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 6 Nimes-Toulouse, 307 km

Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 7 Toulouse-Bordeaux, 268 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 8 Bordeaux-La Rochelle, 257 km

Hyppolite Aucouturier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 9 La Rochelle-Rennes, 263 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 10 Rennes-Caen, 167 km

Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Stage 11 Caen-Paris/Parc des Princes, 253 km

Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (Fra)

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

 

TdF July 9-30, 1905
2,994 Km

1. Louis TROUSSELIER (Fra) 35 pts

2. Hyppolite Aucouturier (Fra) 61 pts

3. Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (Fra) 64 pts

Starters: 60
Finishers: 24
Average Speed: 27.481 km/h

 

 

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