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1913 Tour de France

June 29- July 27

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

1912 Tour | 1914 Tour | Tour de France Database | 1913 Tour Quick Facts | 1913 Tour de France Final GC | Stage results with running GC | Photos from the 1913 Tour de France |


1913 Tour Quick Facts:

5,388 km raced at an average speed of 27.625 km/hr

140 starters who were divided into two classes, "Groupes" or members of sponsored teams and "isoles" or independent riders. There were 25 classified finishers.

Between 1905 and 1912, as a result of the 1904 cheating scandal, the Tour had been a points race. In 1913 and from then on, the Tour used elapsed time to calculate the standings.

One of the Tour's most famous stories: Eugène Christophe broke his forks on the Tourmalet and hiked down the mountain to perform the repair himself in a blacksmith shop in stage six.

Marcel Buysse won 6 stages but a set of broken handlebars cost him too much time. Philippe Thys won the first of his three Tours de France.


1913 Tour de France Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Philippe Thys (Peugeot) 197hr 54min 0sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou (Peugeot) @ 8min 37sec
  3. Marcel Buysse (Peugeot) @ 3hr 30min 55sec
  4. Firmin Lambot (Griffon) @ 4hr 12min 45sec
  5. François Faber (Peugeot) @ 6hr 26min 4sec
  6. Alfons Spiessens (JB Louvet) @ 7hr 57min 52sec
  7. Eugène Christophe (Peugeot) @ 14hr 6min 35sec
  8. Camillo Bertarelli (independent) @ 16hr 21min 38sec
  9. Joseph Vandaele (JB Louvet) @ 16hr 39min 53sec
  10. Émile Engel (Peugeot) @ 16hr 52min 34sec
  11. Louis Trousselier (JB Louvet) @ 18hr 11min 30sec
  12. Jules Deloffre (independent) @ 18hr 31min 31sec
  13. Clemente Canepari (JB Louvet) @ 19hr 11min 13sec
  14. Paul Deman (Automoto) @ 19hr 27min 2sec
  15. Vincent d'Hulst (independent) @ 20hr 10min 12sec
  16. Louis Pettitjean (independent) @ 22hr 0min 27sec
  17. Paul Hostein (Peugeot) @ 25hr 41min 6sec
  18. Maurice Leliaert (independent) @ 26hr 18min 25sec
  19. Jean Alavoine (Peugeot) @ 27hr 43min 47sec
  20. Giuseppe Contesini (independent) @ 30hr 37min 34sec
  21. Louis Coolsaet (independent) @ 31hr 46min 50sec
  22. Achille De Smet (independent) @ 54hr 44min 7sec
  23. Charles Dumont (indepndent) @ 64hr 33min 55sec
  24. Celidonio Morini (independent) @ 76hr 31min 47sec
  25. Henri Alavoine (independent) @ 76hr 55min 42sec

1913 Tour stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Sunday, June 29, Paris - Le Havre, 388 km

  1. Giovanni Micheletto: 14hr 9min 47sec
  2. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  3. Jules Masselis s.t.
  4. Alfons Lauwers s.t.
  5. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  6. Constant Niedergang s.t.
  7. Odile Defraye s.t.
  8. Emile Masson, Sr. @ 50sec
  9. Philippe Thys @ 1min 19sec
  10. René Vandenberghe @ 4min 50sec

Stage 2: Tuesday, July 1, Le Havre - Cherbourg, 364 km

  1. Jules Masselis: 12hr 20min 6sec
  2. Lucien Petit-Breton s.t.
  3. Odile Defraye s.t
  4. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  5. Henri Pélissier s.t.
  6. Octave Lapize s.t.
  7. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  8. Emile Georget s.t.
  9. Alfons Lauwers s.t.
  10. Louis Mottiat s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

4-way tie for 1st place: Jules Masselis. Odile Defraye, Marcel Buysse & Alfons Lauwers: 26hr 29min 53sec

Stage 3: Tuesday, July 1, Cherbourg - Brest, 405 km

  1. Henri Pélissier: 13hr 58min 45sec
  2. Odile Defraye s.t.
  3. Louis Mottiat @ 2sec
  4. Lucien Petit-Breton s.t.
  5. Jean Rossius @ 4sec
  6. Emile Georget s.t.
  7. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  8. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  9. Eugène Christophe @ 5sec
  10. Jacques Coomans @ 2min 5sec

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Odile Defraye: 40hr 28min 38sec
  2. Marcel Buysse @ 4sec
  3. Jean Rossius @ 4min 54sec

Stage 4: Saturday, July 5, Brest - La Rochelle, 470 km

  1. Marcel Buysse: 16hr 10min 16sec
  2. Odile Defraye s.t.
  3. Louis Mottiat s.t.
  4. Philippe Thys s.t.
  5. Jacques Coomans s.t.
  6. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  7. Gustave Garrigou @ 51sec
  8. Emile Engel s.t.
  9. Firmin Lambot s.t.
  10. François Faber @ 15min 23sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Odile Defraye: 56hr 38min 44sec
  2. Eugène Christophe @ 5min 4sec
  3. Marcel Buysse @ 10min 13sec

Stage 5: Monday, July 7, La Rochelle - Bayonne, 379 km

  1. Henri Vanlerberghe: 12hr 40min 28sec
  2. Pierre Everaert s.t.
  3. Camillo Bertarelli @ 5min 48sec
  4. Marcel Buysse @ 15min 0sec
  5. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  6. Emile Engel s.t.
  7. Odile Defraye s.t.
  8. René Vandenberghe s.t.
  9. Lucien Petit-Breton s.t.
  10. Gustave Garrigou s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Odile Defraye: 64hr 39min 12sec
  2. Eugène Christophe @ 4min 55sec
  3. Marcel Buysse @ 10min 5sec

Stage 6: Wednesday, July 9, Bayonne - Luchon, 326 km

Major ascents: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde

This is the famous stage where Eugène Christophe repaired his broken fork in a blacksmith shop.

  1. Philippe Thys: 13hr 54min 23sec
  2. Marcel Buysse @ 17min 57sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 29min 59sec
  4. Firmin Lambot @ 34min 29sec
  5. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 36min 17sec
  6. Jean Rossius @ 48min 32sec
  7. Joseph Vandaele @ 50min 16sec
  8. François Faber @ 52min 33sec
  9. Paul Hostein s.t.
  10. Louis Mottiat @ 1hr 1min 30sec

29. Eugène Christophe @ 3hr 50min 14sec

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Odile Defraye: 83hr 50min 48sec
  2. Marcel Buysse @ 5min 58sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 31min 36sec

Stage 7: Friday, July 11, Luchon - Perpignan, 324 km

Major ascents: Portet d'Aspet, Port, Puymorens

  1. Marcel Buysse: 11hr 55min 40sec
  2. Peul Deman @ 11min 22sec
  3. Philippe Thys @ 12min 10sec
  4. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 12min 10sec
  5. Gustave Garrigou @ 35min 59sec
  6. François Faber @ 52min 17sec
  7. Jean Alavoine s.t.
  8. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  9. Firmin Lambot s.t.
  10. Alfons Spiessens @ 1hr 0min 36sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Marcel Buysse: 95hr 52min 26sec
  2. Philippe Thys @ 6min 12sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 1hr 1min 37sec

Stage 8: Tuesday, July 15, Perpignan - Aix en Provence, 325 km

  1. Gustave Garrigou: 10hr 42min 16sec
  2. Louis Petitjean @ 18sec
  3. François Faber @ 45sec
  4. Jean Alavoine @ 9min 4sec
  5. Lucien Petit-Breton s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  7. Philippe Thys s,t,
  8. Pierre Everaert s.t.
  9. Louis Trousselier s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Contesini s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Marcel Buysse: 106hr 43min 46sec
  2. Philippe Thys @ 1min 12sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 47min 33sec

Stage 9: Tuesday, July 15, Aix en Provence - Nice, 356 km

Major ascents: Braus, Castillon

  1. Firmin Lambot: 13hr 34min 26sec
  2. Joseph Van Daele @ 10min 22sec
  3. Philippe Thys @ 15min 9sec
  4. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 17min 32sec
  5. Emile Engel @ 24min 18sec
  6. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  7. Louis Troussellier s.t.
  8. Camillo Bertarelli @ 38min 52sec
  9. François Faber @ 49min 58sec
  10. Pierre Everaert @ 58min 32sec

25. Marcel Buysse @ 3hr 27min 6sec

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Philippe Thys: 120hr 34min 33sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou @ 54min 22sec
  3. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1hr 18min 9sec

Stage 10: Thursday, July 17, Nice - Grenoble, 333 km

Major ascents: Allos, Bayard

  1. François Faber: 13hr 8min 37sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  3. Philippe Thys @ 12min 58sec
  4. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 21min 46sec
  5. Firmin Lambot s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse @ 1hr 7min 49sec
  7. Clemente Canepari @ 1hr 10min 1sec
  8. Jean Alavoine @ 1hr 12min 20sec
  9. Alfons Spiessens @ 1hr 12min 20sec
  10. Camillo Bertarelli @ 1hr 17min 59sec

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Philippe Thys: 133hr 56min 8sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou @ 54min 22sec
  3. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1hr 18min 9sec

Stage 11: Saturday, July 19, Grenoble - Geneva, 325 km

Major ascents: Lautaret, Galibier, Télégaphe, Aravis

  1. Marcel Buysse: 12hr 1min 42sec
  2. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 2min 50sec
  3. Philippe Thys @ 2min 50sec
  4. Gustave Garrigou @ 17min 35sec
  5. Alfons Spiessens @ 30min 38sec
  6. Jean Alavoine @ 57min 24sec
  7. Firmin Lambot s.t.
  8. Paul Deman @ 1hr 5min 42sec
  9. Joseph Vandaele s.t.
  10. Camillo Bartarelli @ 1hr 6min 36sec

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Philippe Thys: 146hr 0min 40sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou @ 1hr 9min 7sec
  3. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1hr 18min 9sec

Stage 12: Monday, July 21, Geneva - Belfort, 335 km

Major ascents: Faucille, Ballon d'Alsace

  1. Marcel Buysse: 12hr 31min 2sec
  2. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1min 18sec
  3. Firmin Lambot @ 1min 22sec
  4. Philippe Thys @ 1min 23sec
  5. Emile Engel @ 3min 3sec
  6. Gustave Garrigou @ 5min 10sec
  7. Alfons Spiessens s.t.
  8. Camillo Bertarelli @ 5min 16sec
  9. Eugène Christophe @ 5min 17sec
  10. Louis Trousselier @ 12min 9sec

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Philippe Thys: 158hr 33min 5sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou @ 1hr 9min 7sec
  3. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1hr 18min 9sec

Stage 13: Wednesday, July 23, Belfort - Longwy, 325 km

Major ascent: Grosse-Pierre

  1. François Faber: 11hr 29min 23sec
  2. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1sec
  3. Alfons Spiessens @ 4min 16sec
  4. Gustave Garrigou @ 14min 38sec
  5. Philippe Thys @ 14min 53sec
  6. Eugène Christophe @ 42min 32sec
  7. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  8. Louis Petitjean @ 55min 20sec
  9. Clemente Canepari @ 1hr 4min 54sec
  10. Firmin Lambot @ 1hr 17min 34sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Philippe Thys: 170hr 17min 21sec
  2. Lucien Petit-Breton @ 1hr 3min 13sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 1hr 12min 38sec

Stage 14: Friday, July 25, Longwy - Dunkerque, 393 km

Lucien Petit-Breton abandoned

  1. Marcel Buysse: 14hr 21min 55sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  3. François Faber @ 4min 14sec
  4. Vincent d'Hulst @ 30min 7sec
  5. Paul Deman @ 33min 57sec
  6. Joseph Vandaele @ 34min 40sec
  7. Alfons Spiessens s.t.
  8. Louis Colsaet s.t.
  9. Firmin Lambot @ 48min 38sec
  10. Louis Trousselier @ 54min 1sec
  11. Philippe Thys s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Philippe Thys: 185hr 33min 17sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou @ 8min 37sec
  3. Marcel Buysse @ 3hr 35min 0sec

Stage 15 (final stage): Sunday, July 27, Dunkerque - Paris, 340 km

  1. Marcel Buysse: 12hr 1min 37sec
  2. Emile Engel @ 1min 17sec
  3. François Faber @ 4min 5sec
  4. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  5. Philippe Thys s.t.
  6. Joseph Vandaele s.t.
  7. Firmin Lambot @ 9min 3sec
  8. Eugène Christophe @ 16min 4sec
  9. Paul Deman @ 22min 59sec
  10. Jules Deloffre @ 35min 23sec

1913 Tour de France Complete Final General Classificaton


Photos from the 1913 Tour de France

Pictures of Tour boss Henri Desgrange are hard to come by because at the time no one thought pictures of the Tour's organizer to be interesting or newsworthy. Here he is pictured in the 1913 Tour smoking and watching a suffering rider.

The finish of stage 4 in La Rochelle, won by Marcel Buysse

In a cloud of dust, the riders end stage 5 in Bayonne. The next day's stage will be one of the most famous in cycling history.

Firmin Lambot, winner of the 1919 and 1922 Tours, crests the Aubisque.

Christophe entered the Tour 8 times, starting in 1906. His best placing was second in 1912.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christophe in an undated photo. But with the front caliper brake, it should be no earlier than 1913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thys, Christophe, Buysse and Garrigou suffer the appalling roads of the time, here pictured in a Pyreneen stage.

Stage 7, François Faber muscles his bike over the Portet d'Aspet.

And Petit-Breton, winner of the 1907 and 1908 Tours climbs the Puymorens, the last major climb of stage 7.

Stage 11. Marcel Buysse is first over the Galibier and goes on to win the stage

Chasing Buysse on the Galibier are François Faber (left) and Gustave Garrigou.

The first Yellow Jersey? A tired-looking Philippe Thys savors his 1913 Tour victory.