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1909 Tour de France

July 5 to August 1

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

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1909 Tour Quick Facts:

Quick details:

In 1909 the General Classification was calculated on points, lowest total winning.

François Faber, from Luxembourg, was the Tour's first foreign winner.

In the listings below, riders whose affiliation is isole are independent riders responsible for all of their own equipment and travel expenses.


1909 Tour de France Complete Final General Classification:

  1. François Faber (Alcyon) 37 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) 57 pts
  3. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) 66 pts
  4. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) 70 pts
  5. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) 92 pts
  6. Ernest Paul (isole) 95 pts
  7. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) 102 pts
  8. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) 114 pts
  9. Eugéne Christophe (isole) 139 pts
  10. Aldo Bettini (isole) 142 pts
  11. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) 148 pts
  12. Georges Fleury (Le Globe) 152 pts
  13. Alfred Fauré (isole) 205 pts
  14. Mario Gajoni (Legnano) 210 pts
  15. Attilio Zavatti (Legnano) 241 pts
  16. Jules Deloffre (Nil-Supra) 252 pts
  17. Joseph Habierre (isole) 296 pts
  18. Ildebrando Gamberini (Felisina) 305 pts
  19. Alfred Le Bars (isole) 317 pts
  20. Emile Lachaise (isole) 327 pts
  21. Lucien Leman (isole) 341 pts
  22. Léon Rabot (isole) 343 pts
  23. Georges Oudin (isole)345 pts
  24. Amédee Dutiron (isole): 351 pts
  25. Robert Lecointe (isole) 351 pts (tied with Dutiron for 24th)
  26. Pierre Langlade (isole): 404 pts
  27. Angelo Magagnoli (Felsina): 407 pts
  28. Antony Wattalier (isole) 411 pts
  29. Alfred Vaidis (isole): 450 pts
  30. Henri Alavoine (isole): 467 pts
  31. Paul Boillat (isole): 471 pts
  32. Amleto Belloni (isole): 477 pts
  33. René Chaude (isole): 479 pts
  34. Joseph Leblanc (isole): 481 pts
  35. August Denizot (isole): 484 pts
  36. August Dufour (isole): 491 pts
  37. Antoine Fauré (isole): 495 pts
  38. Albert Lagagnier (isole): 518 pts
  39. Rodolphe Meili (isole): 548 pts
  40. Louis Gardent (isole) : 549 pts
  41. Alcide Rivière (isole): 556 pts
  42. François Roche (isole): 561 pts
  43. Lucien Colin (isole): 569 pts
  44. André Herbelin (isole): 573 pts
  45. Giovanni Perucca (isole): 579 pts
  46. Eugène Leroy (isole): 610 pts
  47. Camille Mathieu (isole): 613 pts
  48. Charles Ponson: 620 pts
  49. Paul Piétrois (isole): 633 pts
  50. Louis Di Maria (isole): 648 pts
  51. Henri Anthoine (isole): 649 pts
  52. Henri Ory (isole): 651 pts
  53. Ernest Goujon (isole): 659 pts
  54. Alfred Guidez (isole): 670 pts
  55. Georges Devilly (isole): 713 pts

1909 Tour stage results with running GC:

Stage 1, Monday, July 5: Paris - Roubaix, 272 kilometers

  1. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon): 9hr 18min
  2. François Faber (Alcyon) s.t.
  3. Octave Lapize (Biguet) s.t.
  4. Andre Blaise (isole) s.t.
  5. Eugéne Christophe (isole) s.t.
  6. Ernest Paul (isole) s.t.
  7. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 10min
  8. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  9. Carlo Galetti (Legnano) s.t.
  10. Odile Defraye (Biguet-Dunlop) s.t.

General Classification:

  1. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 1 point
  2. François Faber: 2
  3. Octave Lapize: 3

Stage 2, Wednesday, July 7: Roubaix - Metz, 398 kilometers.

  1. François Faber (Alcyon): 14hr 9min
  2. Octave Lapize (Biguet) @ 33min
  3. Henri Cornet (Nil-Supra) @ 42min
  4. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) s.t.
  5. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 1hr 1min
  6. Charles Cruchon (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 1hr 2min 30sec
  7. Eugène Christophe (isole) @ 1hr 10min
  8. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 1hr 20min
  9. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) @ 1hr 28min
  10. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 1hr 48min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 3 points
  2. Octave Lapize: 5
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 10

Stage 3, Friday, July 9: Metz - Belfort, 259 kilometers

Major ascent: Ballon d'Alsace

  1. François Faber (Alcyon): 9hr 28min
  2. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 33min
  3. Eugène Christophe (Isole) @ 1hr
  4. Ernest Paul (isole) s.t.
  5. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) s.t.
  6. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon) @ 1hr 9min
  7. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 1hr 26min
  8. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 1hr 28min
  9. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) s.t.
  10. Julien Gabory (Le Globe) s.t.

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 4 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 14
  3. Eugène Christophe: 15

Stage 4, Sunday, July 11: Belfort - Lyon, 309 kilometers

Major ascent: Cerdon

  1. François Faber (Alcyon) 10hr 44min
  2. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) @ 10min
  3. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 25min
  4. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 28min
  5. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) @ 35min
  6. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  7. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 1hr 8min
  8. Georges Fleury (Le Globe) @ 1hr 15min
  9. Eugène Christophe @ 1hr 33min
  10. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) @ 1hr 44min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 5 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 17
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 21

Stage 5, Tuesday, July 13: Lyon - Grenoble, 311 kilometers.

Major ascents: Les Echelles, Col de Porte

  1. François Faber (Alcyon) 11hr 12min
  2. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 5min
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) @ 12min
  4. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 17min
  5. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) @ 17min 30sec
  6. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) @ 19min
  7. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 23min
  8. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 30min
  9. Aldo Bettini (isole) @ 35min
  10. Augustin Ringeval (Nil-Supra) @ 48min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 6 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 19
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 24

Stage 6, Thursday, July 15: Grenoble - Nice, 345 kilometers.

Major ascents: Bayard, Cote de Laffrey

  1. François Faber (Alcyon) 12hr 9min
  2. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 1min
  3. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 1min 1sec
  4. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) s.t.
  5. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 24min
  6. Charles Cruchon (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 50min
  7. Aldo Bettini (isole) @ 51min
  8. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon) @ 54min
  9. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  10. Attilio Zavatti (Legnano) @ 1hr 12min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 7 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 24
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 32

Stage 7, Saturday, July 17: Nice - Nîmes, 345 kilometers.

  1. Ernest Paul (isole) 12hr 43min
  2. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) @ 17min
  3. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) s.t.
  4. François Faber (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) s.t.
  6. Charles Cruchon (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 18min
  7. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 23sec
  8. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon) @ 32min
  9. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) @ 43min
  10. Goerges Fleury (Le Globe) s.t.

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 11 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 27
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 40

Stage 8, Monday, July 19: Nîmes - Toulouse, 303 kilometers.

  1. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) 10hr 10min
  2. Ernest Paul (isole) s.t.
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) @ 20sec
  4. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. François Faber (Alcyon) @ 1min
  6. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) s.t.
  7. Constant Ménager (Le Globe) @ 4min
  8. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) @ 8min
  9. Charles Cruchon (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 9min
  10. Augustin Ringeval (Nil-Supra) @ 14min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 16 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 35
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 41

Stage 9, Wednesday, July 21: Toulouse - Bayonne, 299 kilometers

  1. Constant Menager (Le Globe) 9hr 59min
  2. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) @ 4min
  3. Georges Fleury (Le Globe) @ 4min 10sec
  4. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 13min
  5. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 13min
  6. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  7. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  8. Ernest Paul (isole) s.t.
  9. Eugène Christophe (isole) @ 23min
  10. François Faber (Alcyon) @ 46min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 26 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 40
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert: 46

Stage 10, Friday, July 23: Bayonne - Bordeaux, 269 kilometers

  1. François Faber (Alcyon) 8hr 2min
  2. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  3. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 7min
  4. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. Eugéne Christophe (isole) @ 13min
  6. Aldo Bettini (isole) @ 19min
  7. Charles Cruchon (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 19min 20sec
  8. Frédéric Saillot (Biguet-Dunlop) @ 33min
  9. Georges Fleury (Le Globe) @ 47min
  10. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 55min

General Classification:

  1. Francois Faber: 27 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 43
  3. Paul Duboc: 58

Stage 11, Sunday, July 25: Bordeaux - Nantes, 391 kilometers

  1. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) 12hr 47min
  2. François Faber (Alcyon) @ 8min
  3. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 9min
  4. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. Eugéne Christophe (Isole) s.t.
  6. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 20min
  7. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 38min
  8. Jules Deloffre (Nil-Supra) @ 1hr 44min
  9. Aldo Bettini (isole) s.t.
  10. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon) s.t.

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 29 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 49
  3. Paul Duboc: 62

Stage 12, Tuesday, July 27: Nantes - Brest, 321 kilometers

  1. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) 11hr 18min
  2. François Faber (Alcyon) @ 7min
  3. Cyrille Van Hauwaert (Alcyon) @ 8min
  4. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  6. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  7. Ernest Paul (isole) s.t.
  8. Aldo Bettini (isole) s.t.
  9. Jules Deloffre (Nil-Supra) @ 21min
  10. Mario Gajoni (Legnano) @ 37min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 31 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 50
  3. Paul Duboc: 67

Stage 13, Thursday, July 29: Brest - Caen, 415 kilometers.

  1. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) 15hr 2min
  2. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon) @ 7min
  3. François Faber (Alcyon) s.t.
  4. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) s.t.
  5. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) s.t.
  6. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon) s.t.
  7. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 32min
  8. Eugène Christophe (isole) s.t.
  9. Aldo Bettini (isole) s.t.
  10. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) @ 48min

General Classification:

  1. François Faber: 34 points
  2. Gustave Garrigou: 53
  3. Paul Duboc: 68

Stage 14 (final stage), Sunday, August 1: Caen - Paris, 251 kilometers

  1. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon): 8hr 53min
  2. Louis Trousselier (Alcyon) @ 6min 30sec
  3. François Faber (Alcyon) @ 6min 36sec
  4. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon) @ 7min 32sec
  5. Paul Duboc (Alcyon) s.t.
  6. Aldo Bettini (isole) s.t.
  7. Julien Maitron (Le Globe) s.t.
  8. Jules Deloffre (Nil-Supra) s.t.
  9. Ernest Paul (isole) @ 8min
  10. Eugène Christophe (isole) @ 20min

1909 Tour de France Complete Final General CLassification


The Story of the 1909 Tour de France

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Always the adaptable opportunist, Desgrange abandoned his 1908 requirement that all the riders compete on Tour-supplied frames. The teams went back to riding their own bikes. Still, the bikes of all riders were stamped by the Tour organization to make sure that the riders started and finished with the same machine. Desgrange never let go of this plan to take the riders off their own factory produced and sponsored bikes. In 20 years we'll see this idea come back with a vengeance.

Big François Faber, Petit-Breton's heir apparent.

Petit-Breton said that he was passing the baton to his teammate François Faber. The 1909 Tour would be a worthy test for the big man from Luxembourg. Faber was nicknamed "The Giant of Colombes" for the suburb of Paris that he then called home. For the time, he was truly a large man, being about 6 feet (1.86 meters) tall and weighing 200 pounds (91 kilos). Even today, that is huge for a man in the business of winning Grand Tours.

Alcyon had finally put together a first-class team, hiring Faber away from Peugeot. The Alcyon manager, Alphonse Baugé, who earlier had been an inexperienced neophyte, was now a knowledgeable and wily veteran.

The peloton for the start of the 1909 edition was big. 150 riders decided to take their chances. If they had known what they were in for, they might have reconsidered. The riders were forced to compete, even by the standards of the time, under appalling conditions.

Cyrille Van Houwaert won the first of the 14 stages. Then Faber went on a tear. He performed the unequaled feat of winning 5 stages in a row.

The second stage, 398 kilometers from Roubaix to Metz, was ridden entirely in freezing rain. Faber, all power and strength, rode the second half of that stage solo in a magnificent breakaway. He was now leading in the General Classification.

Stage 3 went over the Ballon d'Alsace. Faber took the snow and ice-covered mountain by himself and finished a half hour in front of Gustave Garrigou. The next rider, Eugene Christophe, came in an hour later.

Stage 4 was another epic Faber adventure. Coming into Lyon, the finish town, he broke his chain. The most famous picture of Faber shows him pushing his bike at a full run on the wet streets of Lyon, his right hand holding his bike by the bars, no chain to be seen. The crowd is thick and deep, all bundled up against the strange cold weather of that July. Even with all this trouble, he still beat the next rider by 10 minutes.

Another talented member of the 1909 Alcyon squad, Paul Duboc finished 4th in the General Classification.

The man was unbelievable. The next stage, which took in the Col de Porte, was held in wind so strong that Faber was twice knocked off his bike. He even had a horse knock him down and kick his bike away. Still Faber remounted and pressed on and again won alone.

He wasn't done. Stage 6, with the Col Bayard and Côte de Laffrey didn't slow down the huge Faber. Yet again he won alone.

The General Classification after stage 6:

1. François Faber: 7 Points
2. Gustave Garrigou: 24 points
3. Cyrille Van Houwaert: 32 points

Faber had some bad luck in the next few stages, but won again in stage 10. The weather during that first week had been so bad that after 7 stages 77 riders abandoned.

The final stage saw another rider with a broken chain run with his bike for a victory. Jean Alavoine got his crippled bike across the line first for the 13th Alcyon stage victory out of a possible 14. Alcyon took the first 5 places in the final stage and the first 5 places in the final General Classification. Their dominance was more complete than Peugeot's in the 1908 Tour. Faber's victory is also notable in that the stages he won were the hardest and run in the worst weather.

His chain broken, the famous picture of Faber running for the finish line in the rain in stage 4.

The Final 1909 Tour de France General Classification:
1. François Faber (Alcyon): 37 points
2. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon): 57 points
3. Jean Alavoine (Alcyon): 66 points
4. Paul Duboc (Alcyon): 70 points
5. Cyrille Van Houwaert (Alcyon): 92 points
6. Ernest Paul (Isolé or independent and Faber's half-brother): 95 Points

A couple of pictures from the end of the 1909 Tour. Above, 3rd-place Jean Alavoine and winner Faber. Below, a smiling Faber surrounded by racing fans.

A few postscripts to the 1909 Tour:

It is thought that the 1909 Tour was raced in the coldest weather ever.

François Faber, being a citizen of Luxembourg, was the first foreigner to win the Tour.

François Faber was every bit the hero his race fans thought he was. In World War One the powerful giant died, shot in the back while carrying a wounded comrade back to the French lines through no man's land.