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1903 Tour de France – Stage 6

1903 Tour de France

1903 Tour de France finish in Paris. Leon Georget and Maurice Garin

Stage: 6 – 19 July : Nantes – Paris/Parc des Princes, 471.00 km

1903 Tour de France – Stage 6 started at 18:00 in the city centre of Nantes. There was a huge crowd in attendance. After the events of the previous day Garin is booed while Augereau was applauded and cheered. As the race left Nantes hundreds of other cyclists rode along along with the racers. A very fast pace was set from the start with the riders averaging 30 km/h for the first few hours. During the night around 03:00, there was an accident involving 2 motorbikes which were following the race. One of the motorcyclist was fatally injured.

Racing was banned in the city of Paris so the sprint finish for the stage was Ville-d’Avray to the west of the city. It was 14:09 in the afternoon when the first 8 riders arrived to contest a sprint which was won by Garin with Augereau in Second. The riders then went on to Parc des Princes where they road 2 ceremonial laps in front of 20,000 paying spectators.

First and Last

At the age of 32 Maurice Garin made history by winning the first Tour de France. The following day he returned by train to his home town Lens, where he was paraded through the streets in triumph. Garin’s average speed for the entire route was 25.6 km/h. He lost 2.5kg during the race. After retiring from cycling Garin ran a garage in Lens. He died in 1957.

The last placed rider was Arsène Millocheau who finished almost 61 hours slower than Garin at an average speed of 15.7 km/h. Millocheau was 36 years old at the time and had had a very successful career behind him. He had participated in the first Bordeaux-Paris and the first Paris-Brest-Paris, a grueling 1200 km event, in 1891. He completed his last Paris-Brest-Paris in 1921 aged 54. He ran a bike shop in Paris until his death in 1948.

1903 Tour de France

1903 Tour de France finish in Paris. Leon Georget and Maurice Garin

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Results of 1903 Tour de France – Stage 6

Place Race No Name Nation Time
1 1 Maurice GARIN FRA 18h 09′ 00″
2 39 Fernand AUGEREAU FRA + 00′ 10″
3 28 dit SAMSON Julien LOOTENS BEL + 00′ 10″
4 12 Jean-Baptiste FISCHER FRA + 01′ 20″
5 37 Lucien POTHIER FRA + 01′ 30″
6 33 Rodolphe MULLER ITA + 02′ 00″
7 5 Alexandre FOUREAUX FRA + 02′ 30″
8 50 Julien GIRBE FRA + 02′ 35″
9 45 François BEAUGENDRE FRA + 21′ 00″
10 9 Marcel KERFF BEL + 53′ 00″
11 29 René SALAIS FRA + 1h 15′ 30″
12 21 Jean DARGASSIES FRA + 1h 21′ 20″
13 48 Josef FISCHER GER + 1h 36′ 25″
14 2 Georges PASQUIER FRA + 1h 51′ 15″
15 71 Alois CATTEAU BEL + 2h 07′ 35″
16 62 Ferdinand PAYAN FRA + 2h 34′ 16″
17 14 Isidore LE CHARTIER FRA + 5h 09′ 10″
18 22 Emile MOULIN FRA + 6h 35′ 40″
19 67 Arsène MILLOCHEAU FRA + 10h 11′ 05″
20 53 Georges BOROT FRA + 10h 11′ 05″
21 43 Pierre DESVAGES FRA + 15h 48′ 20″

1903 Tour de France – Stage 6 General Classement

Place Race No Name Nation Time
1 1 Maurice GARIN FRA 94h 33′ 14″
2 37 Lucien POTHIER FRA + 2h 59′ 21″
3 39 Fernand AUGEREAU FRA + 4h 29′ 24″
4 33 Rodolphe MULLER ITA + 4h 39′ 30″
5 12 Jean-Baptiste FISCHER FRA + 5h 08′ 44″
6 9 Marcel KERFF BEL + 7h 04′ 24″
7 28 dit SAMSON Julien LOOTENS BEL + 9h 33′ 08″
8 2 Georges PASQUIER FRA + 11h 26′ 04″
9 45 François BEAUGENDRE FRA + 11h 54′ 14″
10 71 Alois CATTEAU BEL + 13h 46′ 57″
11 21 Jean DARGASSIES FRA + 14h 51′ 51″
12 62 Ferdinand PAYAN FRA + 15h 11′ 13″
13 50 Julien GIRBE FRA + 19h 19′ 03″
14 14 Isidore LE CHARTIER FRA + 20h 07′ 24″
15 48 Josef FISCHER GER + 21h 16′ 37″
16 5 Alexandre FOUREAUX FRA + 27h 53′ 03″
17 29 René SALAIS FRA + 28h 36′ 54″
18 22 Emile MOULIN FRA + 45h 43′ 26″
19 53 Georges BOROT FRA + 47h 38′ 00″
20 43 Pierre DESVAGES FRA + 58h 54′ 16″
21 67 Arsène MILLOCHEAU FRA + 60h 57′ 30″

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