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Louis Trousselier Photo Gallery

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Louis Trousselier (June 29, 1881 - April 24, 1939) is most famous for having won the 1905 Tour de France, the race's third edition.

That 1905 Tour had eleven stages, of which Trousselier won five, showing his clear superiority to the other competitors. That was the first Tour to be run on points (adding up a rider's stage placings) rather than on elapsed time. Trousselier finished with 35 points while second-place Hippolyte Aucouturier had 54. Over his entire racing career Trousselier won 13 Tour de France stages.

While he was riding that 1905 Tour, he was still serving a a soldier in the French army and had overstayed his leave. His victory seems to have allowed him to be forgiven for his infraction. Just after winning that Tour, he lost his entire race winnings in an evening of gambling with dice.

Trousselier seemed to thrive on the hard, brutal racing of the era. Coming to that 1905 Tour, he had already won won of the toughest races on the calender, Paris-Roubaix.

Trousselier stopped racing just before the start of the First World War.

Major victories and high placings:

Professional Teams:

Nicknames: Trou-Trou, Levaloy, The Florist (because of his family's flower business)

Photos:

Lousi Trousselier

Louis Trousselier in 1903

Louis Trousselier

Trousselier in 1905, the year he won the Tour de France.

Louis Trousselier

Here is again in 1905.

Louis Trousselier

On a velodrome with a stayer bike (note the reversed fork rake) in 1906.

Louis Trousselier

Louis Trousselier shaking hand with Count Zeppelin after stage two of the 1907 Tour de France.

Louis Trousselier

Undated head shot

Louis Trousselier

Posed against a wall. Note he has toe clips, but no straps.

Louis Trousselier

Louis Trousselier after he won the 1908 Bordeaux-Paris race.

Lousi Trousselier

Trousselier in 1908, after he had won Bordeaux-Paris

Louis Trousselier

Louis Trousselier in 1908 wearing street clothes

Louis Trousselier

Trousselier looking a bit worse for the wear. Note the brake presses against tire, meaning the photo was taken early in the 20th century.

Louis Trousselier

Trousselier on the track

Louis Trousselier

Undated photo of Trousselier about to start a track race.

Louis Trousselier

Louis Trousselier finishing the 1909 Bordeaux-Paris.

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Trousselier riding away from the cameraman in stage 11 of the 1909 Tour de France

Louis Trousselier

Trousselier sometime between 1907 and 1912, the years he rode for Alcyon.

Louis Trousselier

Trousselier in a picture used by Continental Tire Company

Louis Trousselier

Undated picture of Trousselier on a road bike.

Louis Trousselier

The newspaper L'Auto (organizer of the Tour de France) printed this caricature of Trousselier in 1913.

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