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Hippolyte Aucouturier (October 17, 1876 - April 22, 1944) was one of the pioneer era's great cyclists, with two Paris-Roubaix and five Tour de France stage victories (nine if you count 1904). He probably owned cycling's finest moustache.

His 1903 Paris-Roubaix victory could not have happened today, at least the way it went in 1903. Back then, when riders arrived at the Roubaix velodome they would switch to a fixed-gear track bike to ride the final three laps on the track. Aucouturier had been in a breakaway with two other riders, Louis Trousselier and Claude Chapperon. While the Chapperon and Trousselier squabbled over who owned which track bike after Chapperon grabbed Trousselier's, Aucouturier mounted his bike and rode away for his first of his two consecutive Paris-Roubaix wins.

The first edition of the Tour de France in 1903 was supposed to be a shoot-out between Maurice Garin and Aucouturier. But Aucouturier had violent stomach cramps partway through the first stage and had to quit the stage. Rules in force then allowed Aucouturier to continue racing for stage victories, but he was unable to compete for the general classification, which Garin easily won.

Aucouturier was caught up in the 1904 Tour de France cheating scandal. He originally finished fourth, almost three hours behind Maurice Garin, but Maurice Garin, Lucien Pottier, César Garin and Aucouturier were disqualified for various infractions and first place was awarded to the man who had finished fifth, Henri Cornet. Aucouturier came back and finished second to Louis Trousselier in the 1905 Tour.

Aucouturier raced professionally from 1900 to 1908.

Major victories and high placings:

1900:

  • 5th place Bordeaux-Paris
  • 8th place Paris-Roubaix

1901:

  • Brussels-Roubaix
  • 2nd place Bordeaux-Paris
  • 3rd place Paris-Brest-Paris
  • 4th place Toulouse-Luchon

1903:

  • Paris-Roubaix
  • Bordeaux-Paris
  • 2nd place Paris-Valenciennes
  • Winner of stages 2 and 3 Tour de France

1904:

  • Paris-Roubaix
  • Winner of stages 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the Tour de France before being declassified in the 1904 Tour de France cheating scandal.

1905:

  • Bordeaux-Paris
  • 2nd place Tour de France, winning stages 2, 4 and 8

1906:

  • 5th place Bordeaux-Paris
  • 6th place Paris-Roubaix

Professional Teams:

1900: Independent
1901: Crescent
1902: Independent
1903: Crescent
1904: Peugeot
1905: Peugeot-Wolber
1906 - 1908: Alcyon-Dunlop

Nickname: "Le Terrible", given to him by Tour de France boss Henri Desgrange.


Photos:

Hippolyte Aucouturier

Hippolyte Aucouturier in a studio photo.

Hippolyte Aucouturier in 1903

Aucouturier in 1903.

Aucouturier arrves at Roubiax in 1903

Aucouturier arrives at the Roubaix velodrome in the 1903 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

Hippolyte Aucouturier

Artist's sketch of Aucouturier racing the 1903 Paris-Roubaix.

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Aucouturier in 1904.

Aucuturier and Cesar Garin racing the 1904 Paris-Roubaix

Aucouturier and Cesar Grain in the 1904 Paris-Roubaix.


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Aucouturier at the 1905 Tour de France

Aucouturier at the 1905 Tour de France.

At the start of the 1906 Paris-Roubaix: From left, Marcel Cadolle, Aucouturier and Louis Trousselier

Hippolyte Aucutuier in the 1906 Tour de France

Aucouturier repairs his front wheel on the Ballon d'Alsace in the 1906 Tour de France.


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Hippolyte Aucouturier

Undated photo of Aucouturier.

Hippolyte Aucouturier

Aucouturier posing at a velodrome.

Hippolyte Aucouturier

Sorry, this is the best version of this undated photo of Aucouturier that I could find.

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