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7th Tour de France 1909

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Invasion of the Foreigners

The TdF of 1909 pitted a strange battle between “Mother Nature” and Francois Faber the gentle giant (6'2” and 200 pounds) from Luxembourg . The cold temperature, rain, snow and wind were added to the already demanding race schedule to make this Tour one of the most difficult of all time. But somehow as the weather got worse, Faber got better.

The miserable weather started in earnest on stage two and only Faber had the strength and ability to conquer the terrible conditions. He completed an extraordinary 200km solo breakaway in freezing rain, literally danced from rut to rut on the muddy rural roads. The next stage (3) started in 4 degree Celsius (39F) and in freezing rain. Faber attacked on the climb of the Ballon d'Alsace and broke clear of the peloton and soloed 110km for the stage win. As he sped into the last mile of the race, Faber snapped the chain off his bicycle and had to run the final distance pushing his bicycle. Despite the mishap, he still managed a ten-minute margin of victory. His Alcyon team manager called him “the God who came down to ride a bicycle.”

Faber's all-round consistence and domination of the first half of the Tour, gave him enough points to ride comfortably into Paris for the overall victory. Luxembourger Francois Faber became the first foreign winner of the Tour de France.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Paris-Roubaix, 272 km

Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Bel)

Cyriel Van Hauwaert (Bel)

Stage 2 Roubaix-Metz, 398 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 3 Metz-Belfort, 259 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 4 Belfort-Lyon, 309 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 5 Lyon-Grenoble, 311 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 6 Grenoble-Nice, 346 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 7 Nice-Nimes, 345 km

Ernest Paul (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 8 Nimes-Toulouse, 303 km

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 9 Toulouse-Bayonne, 299 km

Constant Menager (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 10 Bayonne-Bordeaux, 269 km

Francois Faber (Lux)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 11 Bordeaux-Nantes, 391 km

Louis Trousselier (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 12 Nantes-Brest, 321 km

Gustave Garrigou (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 13 Brest-Caen, 424 km

Paul Duboc (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

Stage 14 Caen-Paris/Parc des Princes, 251 km

Jean Alavoine (Fra)

Francois Faber (Lux)

 

TdF July 5-Aug 1, 1909
4,497 Km

1. Francois FABER (Lux) 37 pts

2. Gustave Garrigou (Fra) 57 pts

3. Jean Alavoine (Fra) 66 pts

Starters: 150
Finishers: 55
Average Speed: 28.658 km/h

 

 

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