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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 Paris-Roubaix as a neo-pro for the Peugeot team.

Midway through the race Passerieu found himself in the winning breakaway. Not known as a great sprinter Passerieu needed to be solo to win the race. A solid attack in Douai with 50 km to go saw him ride clear of the original breakaway.

The solo leader met his only concernof the race when he 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 and with the others closing quickly, Passerieu pushed past the officer and flew around the final 6 laps of the track to claim the victory.

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

1. Georges PASSERIEU (Fra) 8hr45’00”

2. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Bel) +1'00"
3. Louis Trousselier (Fra) +3'00"
Starters: 56
Finishers: 22
Average Speed: 30.971 km/h

P-R 1906

P-R 1908

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