The history of the Tour de France

Year 1906


  • Once again, climbing ace René Pottier humbled his opponents on the Ballon d'Alsace climb. Free of the tendonitis that eventually forced him to abandon the Tour in 1905, Pottier dominated the entire race. He captured a total of five stages, and, of course, the overall title.

  • Despite efforts by the organizers, numerous cases of cheating were reported and fans still found humor in throwing nails on the road. Three riders were disqualified for taking a train to cut a stage.

  • All the riders except Petit-Breton are victims of punctures in the Douai stage. Three competitors, Carrère, Garban and Tivache, are disqualified for having taken the train. Last rider : Bronchard (14th): 260 pts (Pottier: 31 pts). Introduction of the "flamme rouge," a red flag that signaled to racers that they were entering a stage’s final kilometer. The Tour raced through German-occupied Alsace-Lorraine.

  • Protesters continue to sabotage the race by spreading nails along the route.

  • Upton Sinclair publishes "The Jungle;" San Francisco is rocked by a devastating earthquake and fire; President Theodore Roosevelt is the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (for mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese war).

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