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19th Tour de France 1925

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Superstar Repeats

Defending Tour de France champion Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita) returned in great form. As in 1924, Bottecchia started very well, winning the first stage to Le Harve in a long solo breakaway. One new and talented rider lined up to challenge the Italian champion. The new challenger was Belgian Adelin Benoit, who took the overall lead from Bottecchia by 8 seconds after stage 3. Bottecchia and Benoit battled as the overall lead swapped back and forth until the Tour reached the Pyrenees Mountains on stage 8. Over the climbs of the Col d'Aspin, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet and Col de Peyresourde, Benoit attacked, breaking away from the leaders on the final climb and won the stage by 10 minutes. The win took back the overall lead by almost 7 minutes ahead of Bottecchia.

The second day in the Pyrenees was equally as hard. The talented Italian, Bottecchia fought back winning all four climbs and gained 45 minutes on a struggling Benoit. After a superb ride Bottecchia took back the overall lead.

SPECIAL NOTE: On Stage 12 Toulon to Nice, 280 km, Bottecchia and Belgian Lucien Buysse broke away from the peloton. Buysse went on to win the stage by more than 4 minutes over third place, but in Nice race officials penalized both Buysse and Bottecchia 10 minutes for failing to sign the stage start sheet.

Wearing the Maillot Jaune again, Bottecchia controlled the remainder on the race. He sprinted into the Parc des Princes velodrome for the stage win and his second TdF championship in a row.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-LE HAVRE, 340 km

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 2 LE HAVRE-CHERBOURG, 371 km

Romain Bellenger (Fra)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 3 CHERBOURG-BREST, 405 km

Louis Mottiat (Bel)

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Stage 4 BREST-VANNES, 208 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Stage 5 VANNES- SABLES D'OLONNE, 204 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Stage 6 SABLES D'OLONNE-BORDEAUX, 293 km

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Stage 7 BORDEAUX-BAYONNE, 189 km

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 8 BAYONNE-LUCHON, 326 km

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Adelin Benoit (Bel)

Stage 9 LUCHON-PERPIGNAN, 323 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 10 PERPIGNAN-NIMES, 215 km

Theophile Beeckman (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 11 NIMES-TOULON, 215 km

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 12 TOULON-NICE, 280 km

Lucien Buysse (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 13 NICE-BRIANCON, 275 km

Bartolomeo Aymo (Ita)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 14 BRIANCON-EVIAN, 303 km

Hector Martin (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 15 EVIAN-MULHOUSE, 373 km

Nicolas Frantz (Lux)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 16 MULHOUSE-METZ, 334 km

Hector Martin (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 17 METZ-DUNKERQUE, 433 km

Hector Martin (Bel)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Stage 18 DUNKERQUE-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 343 km

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

Ottavio Bottecchia (Ita)

 

TdF June 21-July 19, 1925
5,440 Km

1. Ottavio BOTTECCHIA (Ita) 219h10'18"

2. Lucien Buysse (Bel) +54'20"

3. Bartolomeo Aymo (Ita) +56'37"

Starters: 130
Finishers: 49
Average Speed: 24.775 km/h

 

 

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