1924 Tour de France
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  Posted July 10th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1924 Tour Quick Facts:
5,425 km raced at an average speed of 23.972 km/hr. 157 starters, 45 of whom were put in 1st class, 12 were 2nd class and 100 were independent touristes-routiers. There were 60 classified finishers.

ottavio bottecchia Ottavio Bottecchia (Italy) winner of the 1924 Tour de France

Bottecchia won the first stage and kept the lead until the end. While earlier riders had led the entire Tour, this was the first time since the introduction of the yellow jersey; hence Bottecchia is the first rider to own the Yellow Jersey from start to finish.

henri pelissier1923 winner Henri Pélissier

1923 winner Henri Pélissier abandoned and gave a famous interview, the importance of which is explained ‘The Story of the 1924 Tour de France’ at the bottom of this page. Time bonus: 3 minutes to stage winners.

The Tour de France started as nothing more than a publicity stunt to sell some newspapers. At its heart, the Tour remains just that, a vehicle to sell tires, shoes, bikes, telephones and countless other items that the eager sponsors of the teams and the race want to promote. To this day, it is a combination of the tawdry, the magnificent, the base, the noble, the crassly commercial and the spectacular. Others have noted that its roots are in the lowest and the highest motivations of human endeavor. That is why it is so fascinating.

Tour de France_1924 godine1924, Leader since the first stage, Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA) wore the Yellow jersey during all the competition, for finally being the first Italian winner on the Tour. On the picture, Frantz Nicolas (LUX) is encouraged by supporters between Nice and Briançon. 

The Story of the 1924 Tour de France (June 22 – July 20)
Desgrange was so happy with the 2-minute stage win time bonuses that he had introduced in 1923, he increased the bonus for a stage win to 3 minutes for 1924.

Ottavio Bottecchia returned to France to ride for Automoto and showed that he had arrived with truly fine form, winning the 2-man sprint for victory in the first stage. Henri and Francis Pélissier finished the stage with the same time as Bottecchia, but it was the quiet Italian, a stonemason before he took up racing, who put on the Yellow Jersey. Neither Bottecchia nor Pélissier distinguished themselves in the second stage. Both were placed high enough in the sprint to keep their General Classification positions with Bottecchia staying in Yellow. Already Henri Pélissier could sense that Bottecchia had improved over the previous year, publicly (and generously) noting that Bottecchia was head and shoulders above the rest.

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But, while Henri Pélissier may not have had a particularly fine placing that day, he did manage to have another one of his fierce fights with Desgrange. This clash was one for the history books. Stage 2, being 371 kilometers long and needing over 14 hours to complete, started before sunrise. The day started out cool and Pélissier wore a couple of jerseys. As the day warmed, Pélissier removed and discarded one. The manager of the competing Legnano team, Eberado Pavesi, saw Pélissier toss the shirt and reported the infraction to Desgrange. Because this violated Tour Rule 48 that said a racer must finish the stage with everything he had at the start, Pélissier was penalized. “But, this is my shirt!” Henri protested to Desgrange. That the discarded jersey was Pélissier’s property did not enter into the question. He had broken Rule 48. Pélissier had quit in 1920 when he received a 2-minute penalty for throwing away a tire. History seemed about to repeat itself. Still, he stayed in the race.

1924-15th-tappa-scortati-daAnother age. The riders and the follow cars during the15th stage

Stage 3, 405 kilometers from Cherbourg to Brest, showed that Philippe Thys (winner in 1913, 1914, 1920) still had it. He and Théophile Beeckman tied for the stage win. Beeckman was now tied with Bottecchia in the General Classification. But that wasn’t the real story of the day.

A fuming Henri Pélissier started the day’s stage. A couple of times a race commissaire actually stopped Henri and counted the jerseys he was wearing. This was too much for the volatile and proud Pélissier. He protested the treatment to Desgrange who refused to argue with the hotheaded racer during the race and promised to get it sorted out that evening in Brest. That wasn’t good enough for Pélissier. Furious at the accumulated mistreatments and slights, Henri and his brother Francis along with Maurice Ville—who came in second in stage 2—withdrew from the race as it went through the town of Coutances.

Tour 1922_Firmin Lambot1922, fierce battle between Belgian, French and Italian runners. Finally, Firmin LAMBOT (Belgium) picked up the yellow jersey. Robert JACQUINOT, man on the photo, was the leader during the first two stages, before knowing a difficult stage in Les Sables d’Olonne.

When the Tour peloton passed through the city of Granville in the late afternoon journalist Albert Londres noticed that the Pélissier brothers were not in the peloton. Sensing something was up, he asked around and found that they had abandoned. Knowing that a good story was probably in play, he raced his Renault back to Coutances and found the Pélissiers and Ville having hot chocolate at a bar in the train station. There the racers poured out their angry grievances with Desgrange and the Tour: “…in the name of God, don’t harass us. We accept the torment but we don’t want vexations. My name is Pélissier, not Atlas,” he said to the reporter.

Tour de France_1923 legendsLegends of the 1923 Tour de France

1922 Tour DSC_8638A broken fork on the descent from the Galibier forced Eugene Christophe to walk, ending his chanses of winning the 1922 Tour.

Pélissier described the doping products the racers used to see them through the terrible, long stages. He showed Londres cocaine for his eyes, boxes of pills he took and the chloroform for the gums. “We run on dynamite,” he said. Pélissier poured out his tale of the racers’ suffering describing how even most of his toenails had fallen out.

Londres was a skilled and famous writer. He had just written about the conditions in the French penal colonies in French Guyana. Searching for a new subject, Londres had decided to follow the Tour de France and write about it. His story of his meeting with the racers, Les Forçats de la Route (Prisoners of the Road) was a sensation.

Tour de France_1924 legendsFrom 1924 Tour de France

Years later brother Francis Pélissier said that they were toying with Londres, saying that the reporter was not knowledgeable about cycle racing and that what they said to him was an exaggeration. At the time of the later comments Francis was the manager of a professional team. Might his redacting of the famous story be that of a man looking for respectability? The original tale has the sound and feel of truth.

Regarding the withdrawal of the Pélissiers and Ville: Ville was having trouble with his knees and was quite happy to quit when the Pélissiers invited him to abandon. Francis was having stomach problems. But Henri? Was he truly enraged or was it as L’Equipe describes it? L’Equipe says that the entire abandonment by Henri Pélissier was a giant set-piece. He was well past his prime, sure to lose to Bottecchia and wanted out of the Tour. Seeking a fight with Desgrange gave him an out with honor.

While Pélissier did acknowledge that Bottecchia was the better rider, one could hardly think of Pélissier as the rider in decline that L’Equipe described. The year before, he had won the Tour by closing an enormous time deficit on the Izoard. This year he had stayed with Bottecchia for the first 2 stages and was about equal to him on time. And, he came back and rode the Tour in 1925. Given that Pélissier had been willing to quit over Desgrange’s tyrannical dictates before, this abandonment has the feel of authentic Pélissier rage. Let’s give his temper its due.

1924-Goethals-vince-la-4th-After riding 412 kilometers Félix Goethals wins the 4th stage at Les Sables d’Olonne

Stage 5, from Les Sables d’Olonne to Bayonne has the distinction of being the longest day by time in Tour history. The Tour had used this 482-kilometer stage since 1919. I believe it is the longest in distance of any Tour stage. This year the winner took a numbing 19 hours, 40 minutes to complete the distance. Seeing that it made for poor racing—Londres said it wasn’t even cycling, the riders were moving so slowly—the huge stage was abandoned after 1924.

1924-6th-tappa-Jacquinot-suRobert Jacquinot climbs the Aubisque during the 6th stage. He would abandon during the next stage, the second day n the Pyrenees.

With Henri Pélissier out of the Tour there could be no worry about a fight within the Automoto team for leadership. Bottecchia was Automoto’s man to win the Tour. When the Tour came to stage 6 with its 4 major mountain passes Bottecchia showed that he was a truly complete rider. The previous year he had been dropped on the tough Alpine climbs. This year he dominated. He was first over each of the day’s climbs: the Aubisque, the Tourmalet, the Aspin, and the Peyresourde. He arrived at the finish in Luchon almost 19 minutes before the stage’s second place finisher and later 1926 Tour winner Lucien Buysse. Bottecchia finished over 35 minutes ahead of 1927 Tour winner Nicolas Frantz.

The General Classification after stage 6:
1. Ottavio Bottecchia
2. Lucien Buysse @ 30 minutes 21 seconds
3. Nicolas Frantz @ 42 minutes 15 seconds

1924-9th-tappa-Thys-a-RoqueStage 9: Philippe Thys, the stage winner, riding through the town of Roquebrun

With such a commanding lead he was content to merely bury his General Classification contenders in the second Pyreneen stage rather than completely obliterate them. Philippe Thys and Arsène Alancourt were able to finish with Bottecchia. Frantz lost another 4 minutes. Buysse, who had been first over the first of the day’s 4 major summits, the Ares, lost over a half-hour by the end of the day. Frantz was now in second place, but over 49 minutes behind Bottecchia.

1924-Bottecchia-sull'IzoardStage 10, Bottecchia climbs the Izoard.

Frantz seemed to shine once the Tour reached the Alps. Stage 10 required the racers to climb the Allos, Vars and Izoard. Frantz was first over all 3 but Italian Giovanni Brunero was able beat him to the finish by almost a minute. The stage did allow Frantz to gain about 9 minutes on the now-cruising Bottecchia. Frantz won the next 2 stages. All those fine efforts weren’t nearly enough to take the lead from the speedy Italian. After all the major climbing was done, here was the General Classification after stage 12:

1. Ottavio Bottecchia
2. Nicolas Frantz @ 35 minutes 52 seconds
3. Giovanni Brunero @ 49 minutes 27 seconds

With a good lead in hand and no real trouble along the way in the final 3 stages, Bottecchia earned a beautiful Tour. To make sure the world knew that he was in charge and that he could almost win at will, he won the sprint in the final stage in Paris. Not only was Bottecchia the first Italian in Yellow the previous year, he was now the first Italian to win the Tour outright.

Brunero, who might have made it 2 Italians on the podium, had to abandon on the penultimate stage.

1924-il-vincitore-Ottavio-BBottecchia with the winner’s bouquet

1924 Tour de France Complete Final General Classification:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia (Automoto) 226hr 18min 21sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz (Alcyon) @ 35min 36sec
  3. 3.           Lucien Buysse (Automoto) @ 1hr 32min 13sec
  4. 4.           Bartolomeo Aymo (Legnano) @ 1hr 32min 47sec
  5. 5.           Théophile Beeckman (Griffon) @ 2hr 11min 12sec
  6. 6.           Joseph Muller (Peugeot) @ 2hr 35min 33sec
  7. 7.           Arsène Alancourt (Armor) @ 2hr 41min 31sec
  8. 8.           Romain Bellenger (Peugeot) @ 2hr 51min 9sec
  9. 9.           Omer Huyse (Lapize) @ 2hr 58min 13sec
  10. 10.       Hector Tiberghien (Peugeot) @ 3hr 5min 4sec
  11. 11.       Philippe thys (Peugeot) @ 3hr 15min 24sec
  12. 12.       Georges Cucelier (Peugeot) @ 3hr 21min 45sec
  13. 13.       Ermano Vallazza (Legnano) @ 3hr 48min 24sec
  14. 14.       Jean Alavoine (Peugeot) @ 3hr 55min 45sec
  15. 15.       Gaston Degy (Aiglon) @ 5hr 11min 48sec
  16. 16.       Raymond Englebert (Alcyon) @ 5hr 20min 11sec
  17. 17.       Alfons Standaert (Armor) @ 5hr 41min 48sec
  18. 18.       Louis Mottiat (Alcyon) @ 5hr 54min 19sec
  19. 19.       Ottavio Pratesi (Ostende) @ 6hr 0min 4sec
  20. 20.       Lucien Rich (Automoto) @ 6hr 26min 21sec
  21. 21.       Emile Hardy @ 6hr 43min 13sec
  22. 22.       Henri Touzard @ 6hr 50min 56sec
  23. 23.       Eugène Dhers @ 7hr 11min 37sec
  24. 24.       Henri Ferrara @ 7hr 44min 31sec
  25. 25.       Félix Goethals @ 8hr 0min 44sec
  26. 26.       Maurice Arnoult @ 12hr 29min 46sec
  27. 27.       René Wendels @ 13hr 15min 14sec
  28. 28.       Charles Parel @ 14hr 50min 28sec
  29. 29.       Charles Cento @ 15hr 16min 18sec
  30. 30.       Jaime Janer @ 15hr 24min 8sec
  31. 31.       Giovanni Rossignoli @ 15hr 54min 56sec
  32. 32.       Giuseppe Ruffoni @ 16hr 11min 51sec
  33. 33.       Marie Aubry @ 16hr 11min 51sec
  34. 34.       Enrico Sala @ 19hr 6min 49sec
  35. 35.       Jean Martinet @ 19hr 11min 39sec
  36. 36.       Luigi Vertemati @ 20hr 28min 18sec
  37. 37.       Antoine Riera @ 21hr 5min 27sec
  38. 38.       Paul Denis @ 22hr 11min 50sec
  39. 39.       Jean Garby @ 22hr 29min 17sec
  40. 40.       Henri Catelan @ 22hr 29min 21sec
  41. 41.       Angelo Erba @ 23hr 22min 6sec
  42. 42.       Vicente Otero @ 24hr 6min 31sec
  43. 43.       Robert Loret @ 27hr 28min 50sec
  44. 44.       Henri Rubert @ 27hr 29min 43sec
  45. 45.       Félix Richard @ 27hr 39min 21sec
  46. 46.       Vincenzo Bianco @ 27hr 52min 14sec
  47. 47.       Emmanuele Luigi @ 28hr 24min 17sec
  48. 48.       Maurice Protin @ 29hr 6min 3sec
  49. 49.       Georges Kamm @ 29hr 8min 30sec
  50. 50.       Mose Arosio @ 29hr 48min 55sec
  51. 51.       Lucien Prudhomme @ 30hr 37min 47sec
  52. 52.       Augusto Rho @ 33hr 42min 7sec
  53. 53.       Felice Di Gaetano @ 35hr 39min 35sec
  54. 54.       Alfred Hersard @ 36hr 42min 45sec
  55. 55.       Laurent Devalle @ 36hr 46min 37sec
  56. 56.       Henri Miège @ 38hr 1min 35sec
  57. 57.       Adrien Toussaint @ 41hr 30min 49sec
  58. 58.       François Chevalier @ 43hr 17min 24sec
  59. 59.       Louis Millo @ 44hr 51min 39sec
  60. 60.       Victor Lafosse @ 45hr 12min 5sec

Italian Giusto Cerutti has a broken wheel after a fall. According to the rules he is not alowed to accept help. Tour de France 1928Tour de France 1928. Italian Giusto Cerutti has a broken wheel after a fall. According to the rules he is not alowed to accept help.

1924 Tour stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Sunday, June 22, Paris – Le Havre, 381 km

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottechia: 15hr 3min 14sec
  2. 2.           Maurice Ville s.t.
  3. 3.           Félix Sellier s.t.
  4. 4.           Henri Pélissier s.t.
  5. 5.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  6. 6.           Giovanni Brunero s.t.
  7. 7.           Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  8. 8.           Honoré Barthélémy s.t.
  9. 9.           Ciriel Omeye s.t.
  10. 10.       Léon Scieur

Stage 2: Tuesday, June 24, Le Havre – Cherbourg, 371 km

  1. 1.           Romain Bellenger: 14hr 34min 31sec
  2. 2.           Maurice Ville s.t.
  3. 3.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  4. 4.           Rober Jacquinot s.t.
  5. 5.           Jules Huyvaert s.t.
  6. 6.           Louis Mottiat s.t.
  7. 7.           Félix Sellier @ 24sec
  8. 8.           René Gerard s.t.
  9. 9.           Fernand Lemay s.t.
  10. 10.       Georges Cuvelier s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia 29hr 35min 9sec
  2. 2.           Maurice Ville @ 2min 36sec
  3. 3.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.

Stage 3: Thursday, June 26, Cherbourg – Brest, 405 km

Théophile Beeckman was first across the line, but after Thys protested that the bell for the final lap had not been rung, he was awarded first place in a tie with Beeckman. The is the famous stage where Henri and Francis Pélissier abandoned.

  1. 1.           Théophile Beeckman: 15hr 44min 0sec
  2. 2.           Philippe Thys s.t., tied for first in the stage with Beeckman
  3. 3.           Raymond Engelbert s.t.
  4. 4.           Romain Bellenger s.t.
  5. 5.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  6. 6.           Lucien Rich s.t.
  7. 7.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  8. 8.           Georges Cuvelier s.t.
  9. 9.           Léon Scieur s.t.
  10. 10.       Jean Alavoine s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 45hr 19min 9sec
  2. 2.           Théophile Beeckman s.t., tied for first place
  3. 3.           Nicolas Frantz @ 2min 36sec

Stage 4: Saturday, June 28, Brest – Les Sables d’Olonne, 412 km

  1. 1.           Félix Goethals: 16hr 28min 51sec
  2. 2.           Romain Bellenger s.t.
  3. 3.           Théophile Beeckman s.t.
  4. 4.           Louis Mottiat s.t.
  5. 5.           Ottavio Bottecchia s.t.
  6. 6.           Eugène Dhers s.t.
  7. 7.           Victor Fontan s.t.
  8. 8.           Gaston Degy s.t.
  9. 9.           Georges Cuvelier s.t.
  10. 10.       Honoré Barthélémy s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 61hr 48min 0sec
  2. 2.           Théophile Beeckman s.t., tied for first place
  3. 3.           Hector Tiberghien, Marcel Huot, Giovanni Brunero, Léon Scieur tied for third @ 2min 36sec

Stage 5: Monday, June 30, Les Sables d’Olonne – Bayonne, 482 km

  1. 1.           Omer Huyse: 19hr 40min 0sec
  2. 2.           Ottavio Bottecchia @ 1min 11sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero s.t.
  4. 4.           Romain Bellenger s.t.
  5. 5.           Lucien Rich s.t.
  6. 6.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  7. 7.           Bartolomeo Aymo s.t.
  8. 8.           Louis Mottiat s.t.
  9. 9.           Hector Tiberghen s.t.
  10. 10.       Gaston Degy s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 81hr 29min 11sec
  2. 2.           Hector Tiberghen, Giovanni Brunero tied for second @ 3min 0sec

Stage 6: Wednesday, July 2, Bayonne – Luchon, 326 km

Major ascents: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 15hr 24min 25sec
  2. 2.           Lucien Buysse @ 18min 58sec
  3. 3.           Louis Mottiat @ 33min 27sec
  4. 4.           Nicolas Frantz @ 35min 34sec
  5. 5.           Théophile Beeckman @ 36min 16sec
  6. 6.           Marcel Huot @ 42min 12sec
  7. 7.           Giovanni Brunero @ 47min 40sec
  8. 8.           Romain Bellenger @ 54min 58sec
  9. 9.           Omer Huyse s.t.
  10. 10.       Georges Cuvelier @ 56min 34sec

GC after Stage 6:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 96hr 50min 36sec
  2. 2.           Lucien Buysse @ 30min 21sec
  3. 3.           Nicolas Frantz @ 42min 15sec

Stage 7: Friday, July 4, Luchon – Perpignan, 323 km

Major ascents: Ares, Portet d’Aspet, Port, Puymorens

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 12hr 40min 18sec
  2. 2.           Philippe Thys s.t.
  3. 3.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  4. 4.           Nicolas Frantz @ 3min 48sec
  5. 5.           Giovanni Brunero s.t.
  6. 6.           Bartolomeo Aymo s.t.
  7. 7.           Marcel Huot s.t.
  8. 8.           Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  9. 9.           Louis Mottiat @ 11min 58sec
  10. 10.       Henri Colle @ 22min 12sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 109hr 27min 54sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 49min 3sec
  3. 3.           Marcel Huot @ 55min 54sec

Stage 8: Sunday, July 6, Perpignan – Toulon, 427 km

  1. 1.           Louis Mottiat: 17hr 4min 45sec
  2. 2.           Giovanni Brunero @ 2min 25sec
  3. 3.           Ottacio Bottecchia @ 4min 21sec
  4. 4.           Omer Huyse s.t.
  5. 5.           Ermano Valazza @ 4min 29sec
  6. 6.           Nicolas Frantz @ 5min 14sec
  7. 7.           Romain Bellenger s.t.
  8. 8.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  9. 9.           Philippe Thys s.t.
  10. 10.       Gaston Degy s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 126hr 37min 0sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 50min 56sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 58min 32sec

LeTour_1924_Otavio BottechiaItalian cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia poses for a photograph. Bottecchia won the Tour de France in 1924 and 1925, and was the first rider to wear the yellow jersey as leader during the whole Tour de France.

Stage 9: Tuesday, July 8, Toulon – Nice, 280 km

  1. 1.           Philippe Thys: 11hr 52min 8sec
  2. 2.           Bartolomeo Aymo s.t.
  3. 3.           Jean Alavoine @ 6min 13sec
  4. 4.           Ottavio Bottecchia s.t.
  5. 5.           Giovanni Brunero s.t.
  6. 6.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  7. 7.           Ermano Valazza @ 10min 10sec
  8. 8.           Théophile Beeckman @ 10min 24sec
  9. 9.           Lucien Buysse @ 10min 58sec
  10. 10.       Georges Cuvelier @ 13min 4sec

GC after Stage 9:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 138hr 35min 21sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 50min 56sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 58min 32sec

Stage 10: Thursday, July 10, Nice – Briançon, 275 km

Major ascents: Allos, Vars, Izoard

  1. 1.           Giovanni Brunero: 12hr 51min 7sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 51sec
  3. 3.           Romain Bellenger @ 8min 32sec
  4. 4.           Ottavio Bottecchia @ 9min 55sec
  5. 5.           Bartolomeo Aymo @ 11min 24sec
  6. 6.           Arsène Alancourt @ 17min 12sec
  7. 7.           Joseph Muller @ 19min 53sec
  8. 8.           Lucien Buysse @ 25min 24sec
  9. 9.           Ermano Valazza @ 32min 7sec
  10. 10.       Philippe Thys @ 34min 36sec

GC after stage 10:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 151hr 36min 23sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 41min 52sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 45min 37sec

Stage 11: Saturday, July 12, Briançon – Gex, 307 km

Major ascents: Galibier, Télégraphe, Aravis

  1. 1.           Nicolas Frantz: 12hr 3min 51sec
  2. 2.           Jean Alavoine s.t.
  3. 3.           Félix Goethals s.t.
  4. 4.           Théophile Beeckman s.t.
  5. 5.           Ottavio Bottecchia s.t.
  6. 6.           Bartolomeo Aymo s.t.
  7. 7.           Luien Buysse s.t.
  8. 8.           Romain Bellenger s.t.
  9. 9.           Raymond Englebert s.t.
  10. 10.       Hector Tiberghien s.t.

GC after stage 11:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 163hr 40min 14sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 38min 52sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 45min 37sec

Stage 12: Monday, July 14, Gex – Strasbourg, 360 km

Major ascent: Faucille

  1. 1.           Nicolas Frantz: 15hr 51min 2sec
  2. 2.           Georges Cuvelier s.t.
  3. 3.           Raymond Englebert s.t.
  4. 4.           Ottavio Bottecchia s.t.
  5. 5.           Philippe Thys @ 2min 17sec
  6. 6.           Arsène Alancourt @ 3min 50sec
  7. 7.           Jean Alavoine s.t.
  8. 8.           Joseph Muller s.t.
  9. 9.           Théophile Beeckman s.t.
  10. 10.       Lucien Rich s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 179hr 31min 26sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 35min 52sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 50min 27sec

Stage 13: Wednesday, July 16, Strasbourg – Metz, 300 km

  1. 1.           Arsène Alancourt: 11hr 36min 27sec
  2. 2.           Georges Cuvelier @ 2min 38sec
  3. 3.           Nicolas Frantz @ 3min 9sec
  4. 4.           Félix Goethals s.t.
  5. 5.           Lucien Buysse s.t.
  6. 6.           Théophile Beeckman s.t.
  7. 7.           Gaston Degy s.t.
  8. 8.           Joseph Muller s.t.
  9. 9.           Raymond Englebert s.t.
  10. 10.       Lucien Rich s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 191hr 14min 28sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 32min 26sec
  3. 3.           Giovanni Brunero @ 50min 47sec

Stage 14: Friday, July 18, Metz – Dunkerque, 433 km

Giovanni Brunero abandoned

  1. 1.           Romain Bellenger: 20hr 17min 51sec
  2. 2.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  3. 3.           Lucien Buysse s.t.
  4. 4.           Joseph Muller s.t.
  5. 5.           Omer Huyse s.t.
  6. 6.           Théophile Beeckman @ 44sec
  7. 7.           Bartolomeo Aymo @ 1min 24sec
  8. 8.           Hector Tiberghien @ 4min 2sec
  9. 9.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  10. 10.       Ottavio Bottecchia s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottechia: 211hr 36min 21sec
  2. 2.           Nicolas Frantz @ 32min 26sec
  3. 3.           Lucien Buysse @ 1hr 29min 3sec

Stage 15 (final stage): Sunday, July 20, Dunkerque – Paris, 343 km

  1. 1.           Ottavio Bottecchia: 14hr 45min 20sec
  2. 2.           Arsène Alancourt s.t.
  3. 3.           Jean Alavoine s.t.
  4. 4.           Nicolas Frantz s.t.
  5. 5.           Théophile Beeckman s.t.
  6. 6.           Joseph Muller s.t.
  7. 7.           Gaston Degy s.t.
  8. 8.           Lucien Rich
  9. 9.           Lucien Buysse s.t.
  10. 10.       Maurice Arnoult s.t.

Bikes used in the 1924 Tour de France:

tour de france bikes4_1924 tour de france bikes3_1924

This excerpt is from the book “The Story of the Tour de France”, Volume 1 by Bill and Carol McGann. If you enjoy it we hope you will consider purchasing the book, either print or electronic. The Amazon link here will make either purchase easy.

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