The history of the Tour de France

Year 1909


  • The sensation of the 1908 Tour, François Faber, "The Giant from Colombes," again rolled to victory in 1909. Despite bizarre winter-like conditions, Faber amassed six stage wins--and even helped his half-brother, Ernest Paul, win a stage--before cementing the overall victory.

  • Courage abounded in the 1909 race. Despite snow and sleet, François Faber won stage three’s trek to Belfort with a 33-minute advantage. And the brave Henri Alavoine ran with his bike on his shoulder for the last 10 kilometers of the final stage after a crash ruined his machine.

  • Henri Alavoine carries his bike on his shoulders for the last 10 kilometers of a stage in which he was injured. Last rider : Devilly (55th) 713 pts (Faber : 37 pts).

  • This Tour was considered the most difficult since its creation on account of rain and cold temperatures. The race creates an "Isolé" category for individual riders not associated with any particular team.

  • Pious X beatifies Joan of Arc; France and England recognize the independence of Bulgaria; Frank-Lloyd Wright builds the Robie House in Chicago.

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