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1912 Tour de France

June 30 - July 28

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

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1912 Tour Quick Facts:

5,319 km raced at an average speed of 27.89 km/hr.

131 starters divided into two classifications, groupes (riders on sponsored teams) and isoles (independent riders). 41 classified finishers.

This was the last Tour to use points to calculate the standings.

Odile Defraye was the first Belgian to win the Tour. Tour boss Henri Desgrange was upset because other Belgian riders, despite their being members of competing teams, helped Defraye.


1912 Tour de France Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Odile Defraye (Alcyon) 49 points. 190hr 34min
  2. Eugène Christophe (Armor): 108 points
  3. Gustave Garrigou (Alcyon): 140
  4. Marcel Buysse (Peugeot): 147
  5. Jean Alavoine (Armor): 148
  6. Philippe Thys (Peugeot): 148
  7. Hector Tiberghien (Griffon): 149
  8. Henri Devroye (Le Globe): 163
  9. Félicien Salmon (Peugeot): 166
  10. Alfons Spiessens (JB Louvet): 167
  11. Louis Heusghem (Alcyon): 167
  12. René Vandenberghe (Thomann): 194
  13. Vincenzo Borgarello (JB Louvet): 212
  14. François Faber (Automoto): 229
  15. Louis Engel (Aiglon): 241
  16. Charles Deruyter (Peugeot): 255
  17. Jacques Coomans (Thomann): 260
  18. Firmin Lambot (Le Globe): 265
  19. Ottavio Pratesi (independent): 304
  20. Charles Guyot (Aiglon): 309
  21. Jules Deloffre (independent): 320
  22. Gabriel Figuet (Griffon): 335
  23. Édouard Léonard (J B Louvet): 346
  24. Eugène Dhers (Automoto): 354
  25. Pierre-Joseph Heusghem (Le Globe): 358
  26. Pierre Everaerts (independent): 364
  27. Julien Maitron (Automoto): 366
  28. Henri Cornet (Le Globe): 398
  29. François Lafourcade (independent): 398
  30. Augustin Ringeval (independent): 408
  31. Maurice Leliaert (independent): 487
  32. Georges Oudin (independent): 494
  33. Fernand Courcelles (independent): 495
  34. Raymond Harquet (independent): 512
  35. Émile Druz (independent): 544
  36. Émile Eigeldinger (independent) : 545
  37. Charles Dumont (independent): 546
  38. Henri Alavoine (independent): 577
  39. Émile Caudrelier (independent): 600
  40. Gaston Neboux (independent): 608
  41. Maurice Dartigue (independent): 612

1912 Tour stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Sunday, June 30, Paris - Dunkerque, 351 km

  1. Charles Crupelandt: 11hr 39min 37sec
  2. Hector Tiberghien @ 2min 59sec
  3. Maurice Brocco @ 8min 50sec
  4. Pierino Albini @ 16min 34sec
  5. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  6. Robert Lamon @ 16min 38sec
  7. Vincenzo Borgarello @ 27min32sec
  8. Charles Deruyeter @ 27min 33sec
  9. Octave Lapize @ 27min 45sec
  10. René Vendenberghe @ 27min 46sec

Stage 2: Tuesday, July 2, Dunkerque - Longwy, 388 km

  1. Odile Defraye: 13hr 1min 8sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  3. Eugène Christophe @ 10min 53sec
  4. Philippe Thys s.t.
  5. Alfons Spiessens s.t.
  6. François Faber @ 29mn 29sec
  7. Vincenzo Borgarello @ 29min 51sec
  8. Oscar Egg @ 21min 15sec
  9. Firmin Lambot @ 32min 4sec
  10. Marcel Buysse @ 32min 6sec

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Vincenzo Borgarello: 14 points
  2. Odile Defraye: 15
  3. Charles Deruyter: 20

Stage 3: Thursday, July 4, Longwy - Belfort, 331 km

Major ascent: Ballon d'Alsace

  1. Eugène Christophe: 11hr 4min 54sec
  2. Odile Defraye s.t.
  3. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  4. Ocatve Lapize @ 1min 6sec
  5. Vincenzo Borgarello @ 3min 27sec
  6. Charles Deruyter s.t.
  7. René Vandenberghe @ 6min 3sec
  8. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  9. Charles Crupelandt @ 8min 25sec
  10. Jean Alavoine @ 9min 6sec

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Odile Defraye: 17 points
  2. Vincenzo Borgarello: 19
  3. Octave Lapize: 24

Stage 4: Saturday, July 6, Belfort - Chamonix, 344 km

Major ascent: Faucille

  1. Eugène Christophe: 12hr 4min 17sec
  2. François Faber @ 13min 25sec
  3. Odile Defraye s.t.
  4. Octave Lapize @ 15min 57sec
  5. Marcel Buysse @ 20min 44sec
  6. Louis Heusghem @ 21min 59sec
  7. Philippe Thys @ 31min 1sec
  8. Albert Dupont s.t.
  9. Firmin Lambot @ 41min 1sec
  10. Alfons Spiessens @ 41min 30sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Odile Defraye: 20 points
  2. Octave Lapize: 28
  3. Eugène Christophe: 28

Stage 5: Monday, July 8, Chamonix - Grenoble, 366 km

Major ascents: Aravis, Télégraphe, Galibier, Lautaret

  1. Eugène Christophe: 13hr 40min 23sec
  2. Octave Lapize @ 2min 37sec
  3. Gustave Garrigou @ 9min 33sec
  4. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  5. Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  7. Henri Devroye @ 20min 7sec
  8. Charles Crupelandt @ 26min 17sec
  9. Odile Defraye @ 30min 44sec
  10. Firmin Lambot @ 34min 18sec

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Odile Defraye: 29 points
  2. Eugène Christophe tied for first with 29 points
  3. Octave Lapize: 30

Stage 6: Wednesday, July 10, Grenoble - Nice, 323 km

Major ascents: Laffrey, Bayard, Allos

  1. Octave Lapize: 12hr 6min 0sec
  2. Odile Defraye @ 6min 33sec
  3. Pierino Albini @ 20min 51sec
  4. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  5. Marcel Godiver @ 23min 18sec
  6. Charles Crupelandt s.t.
  7. Louis Heusghem s.t.
  8. Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  9. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  10. Jean Alavoine @ 36min 55sec

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Odiel Defraye: 31 points
  2. Octave Lapize tied for first with 31 points
  3. Eugène Christophe: 33

Stage 7: Friday, July 12, Nice - Marseille, 334 km

Major ascents: Castillon, Braus

  1. Odile Defraye: 12hr 6min 0sec
  2. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  3. Firmin Lambot s.t.
  4. Octave Lapize s.t.
  5. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  6. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  7. René Vandenberghe @ 6min
  8. Philippe Thys s.t.
  9. Charles Crupelandt @ 8min
  10. Henri Devroye @ 10min

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Odile Defraye: 32 points
  2. Octave Lapize: 35
  3. Eugène Christophe: 38

Stage 8: Sunday, July 14, Perpignan - Luchon, 289 km

  1. Vincenzo Borgarello: 12hr 47min 57sec
  2. Marcel Godivier s.t.
  3. Octave Lapize s.t.
  4. Odile Defraye s.t.
  5. Alfons Spiessens s.t.
  6. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  7. Philippe Thys s.t.
  8. Eugène Dhers s.t.
  9. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  10. Hector Tiberghien s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Odile Defraye: 36 points
  2. Octave Lapize: 38
  3. Eugène Christophe: 55

Stage 9: Tuesday, July 16, Perpignan - Luchon, 289 km

Major ascents: Port, Portet d'Aspet, Ares

  1. Odile Defraye: 10hr 24min 57sec
  2. Eugène Christophe @ 2min 38sec
  3. Marcel Buysse @ 8min 22sec
  4. Jacques Coomans @ 11min 12sec
  5. Gustave Garrigou @ 15min 23sec
  6. Louis Heusghem s.t.
  7. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  8. Henri Devroye s.t.
  9. Louis Mottiat s.t.
  10. Jean Alavoine @ 32min 46sec

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Odile Defraye: 37 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 57
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 67

Stage 10: Thursday, July 18, Luchon - Bayonne, 326 km

Major ascents: Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor, Aubisque

  1. Louis Mottiat: 14hr 19min 15sec
  2. Eugène Christophe s.t.
  3. Odile Defraye @ 20min 37sec
  4. Fraçois Faber @ 37min 40sec
  5. Jean Alavoine s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  7. Louis Heusghem s.t.
  8. Henri Devroye @ 39min 2sec
  9. Alfons Spiessens @ 1hr 4min 45sec
  10. Félicien Salmon s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Odile Defraye: 33 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 50
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 74

Stage 11: Saturday, July 20, Bayonne - La Rochelle, 379 km

Places 7 - 18 given same time and place

  1. Jean Alavoine: 13hr 11min 0sec
  2. Louis Heusghem s.t.
  3. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  4. Louis Engel s.t.
  5. Philippe Thys s.t.
  6. Odile Defraye s.t.
  7. Henri Devroye, René Vandenberghe. Pierre Everaert, Edouard Leonard, etc, s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Odile Defraye: 39 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 62
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 77

Stage 12: Monday, July 22, La Rochele - Brest, 470 km

  1. Louis Heusghem: 16hr 7min 39sec
  2. Odile Defraye @ 30min 23sec
  3. René Vendenberghe s.t.
  4. Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  5. Louis Engel @ 33min 36sec
  6. Henri Devroye s.t.
  7. Félicien Salmon s.t.
  8. Jean Alavoine @ 42min 49sec
  9. Gustave Garrigou @ 45min 41sec
  10. Ottavio Pratesi @ 46min 10sec

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Odile Defraye: 41 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 73
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 86

Stage 13: Wednesday, July 24, Brest - Cherbourg, 405 km

Places 9- 13 given same time and place

  1. Jean Alavoine: 14hr 45min 16sec
  2. René Vandenberghe s.t.
  3. Odile Defraye s.t.
  4. Philippe Thys s.t.
  5. Louis Engel s.t.
  6. Pierino Albini s.t.
  7. Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  8. Eugène christophe s.t.
  9. Marcel Buysse, Jacques Coomans, etc, s.t.

GC after stage 13:

  1. Odile Defraye: 44 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 81
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 106

Stage 14: Friday, July 26, Cherbourg - Le Havre, 361 km

Places 9 - 15 given same time and place

  1. Vincenzo Borgarello: 12hr 32min 1sec
  2. Jean Alavoine s.t.
  3. René Vandenberghe s.t.
  4. Odile Defraye s.t.
  5. Louis Engel s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  7. Alfons Spiessens s.t.
  8. Jacques Coomans s.t.
  9. Charles Guyot, Henri Devroye, etc, s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Odile Defraye: 48 points
  2. Eugène Christophe: 97
  3. Gustave Garrigou: 136

Stage 15 (final stage): Sunday, July 28, Le Havre - Paris, 317 km

  1. Jean Alavoine: 10hr 55min 51sec
  2. René Vandenberghe s.t.
  3. Edouard Leonard s.t.
  4. Philippe Thys s.t.
  5. Odile Defraye s.t.
  6. Marcel Buysse s.t.
  7. Hector Tiberghien s.t.
  8. Gustave Garrigou s.t.
  9. Vincenzo Borgarello s.t.
  10. François Faber s.t.

Complete Final 1912 Tour de France General Classification


Photos from the 1912 Tour de France

Riders flipping their rear wheels to change gears at the beginning of a climb.

Stage 6: The leaders on the final major climb of the day, the Allos.

Vincenzo Borgarello, riding for J.B. Louvet, winner of stages 8 & 14.

The leaders on the Aubisque. The awful conditions are obvious.