1925 Tour de France

1925 Tour de France
Route of the 1925 Tour de France
Followed counterclockwise, starting in Paris
Race details
Dates 21 June – 19 July
Stages 18
Distance 5,440 km (3,380 mi)
Winning time 219h 10' 18"
Winner  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA) (Automoto)
Second  Lucien Buysse (BEL) (Automoto)
Third  Bartoloméo Aymo (ITA) (Alcyon)

The 1925 Tour de France was the 19th edition and was held from 21 June to 19 July, over 5,440 km (3,380 mi) in 18 stages.[1] Italian Ottavio Bottecchia successfully defended his 1924 victory to win his second consecutive Tour de France. Only 49 of the 130 participants finished the course.

Changes from the previous Tour

In 1919 to 1924, the sponsored teams had been away because of the economic impact of World War I. In 1925, the teams returned.[2]

For the first time, the Tour de France started outside Paris, in le Vésinet.[3] The number of stages increased from 15, which had been used since 1910, to 18, thereby decreasing the average stage length.[4]

The time bonus, given to the winner of a stage, was removed.[4]

After Henri Pélissier had created a controversy by quitting the 1924 Tour de France and complaining on the toughness of the race to a journalist, the Tour organisation made a new rule that said that any rider that harmed the Tour's image would be banned for the next years.[5]


For a more comprehensive list, see List of teams and cyclists in the 1925 Tour de France.

The participants were divided into two groups: 39 cyclists were riding in sponsored teams, and 91 rode as touriste-routiers. The teams did not have equal size; the largest team, J.B. Louvet, consisted of eight cyclists, while the smallest team, J.Alavoine-Dunlop, had only one cyclists, Jean Alavoine himself. There were 57 French, 34 Belgian, 28 Italian, 5 Swiss, 5 Luxembourgian and 1 Spanish cyclists.[3]

Race overview

A cyclist climbs a car while his bicycle lies on the road.
In the 13th stage, Felix Sellier was hit by a car. He continued without injuries, but can be seen angry in this photo.

Bottecchia, who had won the previous Tour de France, started by winning the first stage. In 1924, he had had no difficulty in defending his lead, but in 1925 there was Adelin Benoit, who surprisingly took over the lead in the third stage.[2][6] Bottecchia was however only eight seconds behind in the general classification.[4]

In the fourth stage, Henri Pélissier, the winner of the 1923 Tour de France, left the race. In previous years, Pélissier had left the race after a fight with tour organiser Henri Desgrange, but this time it was because of knee problems.[6] In the sixth stage, Benoit punctured, and Bottechia's Automoto team rode as fast as they could to get away from Benoit. Bottecchia won the stage, and after he won the next stage too, he took over the lead.[6]

In the eighth stage, Adelin Benoit won back eleven minutes in the first Pyrénées stage, in what used to be Bottecchia's specialty.[2] In the ninth stage, Bottecchia took back the lead in the rain, and this decided the race.[3] Bottecchia did not win the stage, but his Automoto team mates had helped him to win 45 minutes on Benoit.[2] After that stage, Nicolas Frantz was number two, more than 13 minutes behind.

In the next stages, Bottecchia was helped by his team mate Lucien Buysse. In return, Bottecchia allowed Buysse to win the eleventh and twelfth stage.[4] In the twelfth stage, Bottecchia and Buysse failed to sign in at a control post, and were fined with 10 minutes penalty time.[2][7] Nonetheless, the margin with runner-up Frantz had increased to 27 minutes.

In the fourteenth stage, Frantz had a flat tyre, and the Automoto team raced away from him.[6] Frantz lost more than 37 minutes. This took Frantz completely out of contention for the victory, and Bottecchia's victory seemed secure.[2] Italian Aimo was the new runner-up, with a margin of more than 55 minutes.[8] Lucien Buysse was only three minutes behind Aimo, and in the sixteenth stage, Buysse took off, trying to win back time on Aimo. Nicolas Frantz, Albert Dejonghe and Hector Martin followed him, but Aimo missed that move, and lost five minutes. Buysse was now in second place, with Frantz only three seconds behind him.[4] In the seventeenth stage, Frantz missed the deciding escape, and Buysse and Aimo finished in the leading group, so Aimo was back in third place.[3] Bottecchia made his Tour victory complete by winning the last stage.[4]


In each stage, all cyclists started together. The cyclist who reached the finish first, was the winner of the stage. The time that each cyclist required to finish the stage was recorded. For the general classification, these times were added up; the cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey.

Stage winners

Stage characteristics and winners[3][9][10]
Stage Date[11] Course Distance Type[n 1] Winner Race leader
1 21 June Paris to Le Havre 340 km (210 mi) Plain stage  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
2 23 June Le Havre to Cherbourg 371 km (231 mi) Plain stage  Romain Bellenger (FRA)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
3 25 June Cherbourg to Brest 405 km (252 mi) Plain stage  Louis Mottiat (BEL)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)
4 26 June Brest to Vannes 208 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)
5 27 June Vannes to Les Sables-d'Olonne 204 km (127 mi) Plain stage  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)
6 28 June Les Sables-d'Olonne to Bordeaux 293 km (182 mi) Plain stage  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)
7 29 June Bordeaux to Bayonne 189 km (117 mi) Plain stage  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
8 1 July Bayonne to Luchon 326 km (203 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)  Adelin Benoît (BEL)
9 3 July Luchon to Perpignan 323 km (201 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
10 4 July Perpignan to Nîmes 215 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Theophile Beeckman (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
11 5 July Nîmes to Toulon 215 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Lucien Buysse (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
12 7 July Toulon to Nice 280 km (170 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Lucien Buysse (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
13 9 July Nice to Briançon 275 km (171 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Bartolomeo Aimo (ITA)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
14 11 July Briançon to Evian 303 km (188 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Hector Martin (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
15 13 July Evian to Mulhouse 373 km (232 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Nicolas Frantz (LUX)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
16 15 July Mulhouse to Metz 334 km (208 mi) Plain stage  Hector Martin (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
17 17 July Metz to Dunkerque 433 km (269 mi) Plain stage  Hector Martin (BEL)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
18 19 July Dunkerque to Paris 343 km (213 mi) Plain stage  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
Total 5,440 km (3,380 mi)[1]

General classification

In 1925, no French cyclist finished in the top ten. For the first time, two of the three riders on the podium were Italian.[4]

Final general classification (1–10)[3]
Rank Rider Sponsor Time
1  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA) Automoto 219h 10' 18"
2  Lucien Buysse (BEL) Automoto +54' 20"
3  Bartolomeo Aimo (ITA) Alcyon +56' 37"
4  Nicolas Frantz (LUX) Alcyon +1h 11' 24"
5  Albert Dejonghe (BEL) J.B. Louvet +1h 27' 42"
6  Théophile Beeckman (BEL) Thomann +2h 24' 43"
7  Omer Huyse (BEL) Armor +2h 33' 38"
8  Auguste Verdyck (BEL) Christophe +2h 44' 36"
9  Félix Sellier (BEL) Alcyon +2h 45' 59"
10  Federico Gay (ITA) Meteore +4h 06' 03"

Other classifications

The race for touriste-routiers, cyclists who did not belong to a team and were allowed no assistance, was won by Despontin.[12]

The organing newspaper, l'Auto named a meilleur grimpeur (best climber), an unofficial precursor to the modern King of the Mountains competition. This award was won by Bottecchia.[13]


The 1925 Tour de France was Bottecchia's latest big victory. In 1926 he started again, but withdrew in the Pyrénées. When he was training in 1927, he was found bleeding at the side of the road close to his house, and he died some hours later.[2]

The champion of the 1923 Tour de France, Henri Pélissier, rode his last Tour de France in 1925.[4]

During the race, Bottecchia had promised Lucien Buysse half his earnings, because he needed help. Buysse was content with this deal, and did not try to win the Tour himself. After the race ended, Buysse told his relatives that he was happy with how things went, but that the next year he would try and win the race, which he did.[14]

Notes and references


  1. There was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate which stages included mountains.


  1. 1 2 Historical guide 2016, p. 108.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 James, Tom (15 August 2003). "1925: Once again Bottecchia". Veloarchive. Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "19ème Tour de France 1925" (in French). Mémoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 McGann, Bill; Mcgann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour De France Volume 1:1903-1964. Dog Ear Publishing. pp. 76–80. ISBN 1-59858-180-5. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. Dauncey, Hugh; Hare, Geoff (2003). The Tour de France, 1903-2003: a century of sporting structures, meanings, and values. Routledge. p. 96. ISBN 0-7146-5362-4.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "1925: Ottavio Bottecchia wint dankzij Lucien Buysse voor tweede maal" (in Dutch). tourdefrance.nl. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  7. "19ème Tour de France 1925 - 12ème étape" (in French). Mémoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  8. "19ème Tour de France 1925 - 14ème étape" (in French). Mémoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  9. Historical guide 2016, p. 23.
  10. Zwegers, Arian. "Tour de France GC Top Ten". CVCCBike.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  11. "Le Tour de France cycliste". Le Petit Parisien (in French). Gallica Bibliothèque Numérique. 20 June 1925. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  12. "l'Historique du Tour - Année 1925" (in French). Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  13. "Tour-giro-vuelta". Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  14. Sierksma, Pieter (27 June 2006). "Tour de France / De zwaarste etappe ooit". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 September 2010.


Further reading

External links

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