Tour de France 1914
|12th Tour de France 1914 - final result|
|Route length||15 stages, 5391 km|
|Tour winner||Philippe Thys||200: 28: 48 h
(26.890 km / h)
|Second||Henri Pélissier||+ 1:50 min|
|Third||Jean Alavoine||+ 36:53 min|
|Fourth||Jean Rossius||+ 1:57:05 h|
|fifth||Gustave Garrigou||+ 3:00:21 h|
|Sixth||Alfons Spiessens||+ 3:20:59 h|
|seventh||Émile Georget||+ 3:53:55 h|
|Eighth||Firmin Lambot||+ 5:08:54 h|
|Ninth||François Faber||+ 6:15:53 h|
|Tenth||Louis Heusghem||+ 7:49:02 h|
The twelfth Tour de France took place from June 28 to July 26, 1914. The drivers had to cover a total of 5405 km over 15 stages. The average speed was 27.028 km / h. The tour started in Saint-Cloud , the finish in Paris' Parc des Princes . Of the 145 riders who started, 54 reached the finish.
The Peugeot team dominated the tour: They dominated 11 of the 15 stages and placed three members on the final podium.
On the very first day the Belgian Philippe Thys was able to take over the overall lead and did not give it up until the finish. From the second to the sixth stage, however, he had to share the lead with his compatriot Jean Rossius . Thys won the first stage at the same time before Rossius. Rossius won the second stage, Thys finished second at the same time. Since they both had the same time and identical stage placements, they shared first place. During the sixth stage, Thys managed to break away from Rossius. Rossius finished the tour in fourth. In the end, Thys only had a lead of 1:50 minutes on Henri Pélissier because he had received a time penalty of 30 minutes. On the penultimate leg from Longwy to Dunkirk he had used an unauthorized road.
On the day of the first stage, Franz Ferdinand was murdered in Sarajevo , which sparked the First World War . Many participants were drafted into the military after the tour because of the general mobilization . There would be no Tour de France until 1919 .
|Stages||Start finish||km||Stage winner||Overall first|
|1st stage||Paris - Le Havre||388||Philippe Thys||Philippe Thys|
|2nd stage||Le Havre - Cherbourg||364||Jean Rossius||Philippe Thys / Jean Rossius|
|3rd stage||Cherbourg - Brest||405||Emile Engel||Philippe Thys / Jean Rossius|
|4th stage||Brest - La Rochelle||470||Oscar Egg||Philippe Thys / Jean Rossius|
|5th stage||La Rochelle - Bayonne||379||Oscar Egg||Philippe Thys / Jean Rossius|
|6th stage||Bayonne - Luchon||326||Firmin Lambot||Philippe Thys|
|7th stage||Luchon - Perpignan||323||Jean Alavoine||Philippe Thys|
|8th stage||Perpignan - Marseille||370||Octave Lapize||Philippe Thys|
|9th stage||Marseille - Nice||338||Jean Rossius||Philippe Thys|
|10th stage||Nice - Grenoble||323||Henri Pélissier||Philippe Thys|
|11th stage||Grenoble - Geneva ( CH )||325||Gustave Garrigou||Philippe Thys|
|12th stage||Geneva (CH) - Belfort||325||Henri Pélissier||Philippe Thys|
|13th stage||Belfort - Longwy||325||François Faber||Philippe Thys|
|14th stage||Longwy - Dunkerque||390||François Faber||Philippe Thys|
|15th stage||Dunkerque - Paris||340||Henri Pélissier||Philippe Thys|
- Ratings of the Tour de France 1914 , accessed on May 22, 2012.