Petit-Breton becomes the first double-winner


The Tour's first double winner, Lucien Petit-Breton
Lucien Petit-Breton, the Tour's first double winner. He had started his career on the track, winning the Bol d'Or 24 hour race in 1904 (with a new tandem-paced record of 852km) before concentrating on the road

As in the previous edition, victory went to Lucien Petit-Breton, who thus emerged as the Tour de France's first double winner. This time Petit-Breton's victory was more clear cut; he moved into a strong lead early in the race ahead of such notable riders as Georges Passerieu, Luigi Ganna and Gustave Garrigou. But those riders fell away one by one, leaving François Faber to mount the final challenge. Faber comprehensively outscored Petit-Breton in the final stages of the race, but the latter always finished in the same group as Faber and his lead amassed early in the race was amply sufficient to see him win comfortably.

Petit-Breton's career was brief but illustrious. He started out on the track, winning the Bol d'Or 24 hour race in 1904 (curiously also beating a Georget, but in that event Emile's older brother Léon) and then going on to set the World Hour Record. In the next three years he won the Tour twice, three classics and the inaugaral Tour of Belgium. After that he went to Italy to race, where his best result was a stage of the Giro. He carried on riding the Tour de France until 1914, but after finishing 5th, 4th, 1st and 1st in his first four Tours, he was destined never to finish the race again.

Stage winners

 StageWinnerOverall Leader
Stage 1Paris - Roubaix, 272kmGeorges PasserieuGeorges Passerieu
Stage 2Roubaix - Metz, 398kmLucien Petit-BretonLucien Petit-Breton and Georges Passerieu, tied
Stage 3Metz - Belfort, 259kmFrançois FaberLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 4Belfort - Lyon, 309kmFrançois FaberLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 5Lyon - Grenoble, 311kmGeorges PasserieuLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 6Grenoble - Nice, 346kmJean-Baptiste DortignacqLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 7Nice - Nîmes, 345kmLucien Petit-BretonLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 8Nîmes - Toulouse, 303kmFrançois FaberLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 9Toulouse - Bayonne, 299kmLucien Petit-BretonLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 10Bayonne - Bordeaux, 269kmGeorges PaulmierLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 11Bordeaux - Nantes, 391kmLucien Petit-BretonLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 12Nantes - Brest, 321kmFrançois FaberLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 13Brest - Caen, 415kmGeorges PasserieuLucien Petit-Breton
Stage 14Caen - Paris, 262kmLucien Petit-BretonLucien Petit-Breton

The race ended with a timed lap of the Parc des Princes velodrome in Paris, the result of which was not counted as an official stage or towards the overall classification. The fastest rider was 1904 winner, Henri Cornet, who covered the 666 metres from a standing start in 51.2".

Results

Overall

1st: Lucien Petit-Breton, (France), Peugeot, 36 points
2nd: François Faber, (Luxembourg), 68
3rd: Georges Passerieu, (France), 75
4th: Gustave Garrigou, (France), 91
5th: Luigi Ganna, (Italy), 120
6th: Georges Paulmier, (France), 125
7th: Georges Fleury, (France), 134
8th: Henri Cornet, (France), 142
9th: Marcel Godiver, (France), 153
10th: Giovanni Rossignoli, (Italy), 160

(36th: Henri Anthoine, (France), 512)