Historic Overview René Pottier


Overall Rank1889
Date of birth05-Jun-1879 - Moret sur Loing (lle de France)
Date of death25-Jan-1907 - Levallois Perret (lle de France)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking


René Pottier

René Pottier (5 June 1879 – 25 January 1907) was a French racing cyclist.

Pottier won the amateur category of the 1903 Bordeaux–Paris race before turning professional. He came second in Paris–Roubaix 1905 and Bordeaux–Paris 1905, then third in 1906's Paris–Roubaix, before winning the Tour de France in 1906.

He was considered the finest climber of the Tour. In the 1905 race he was first up the Ballon d'Alsace but lost the lead to Hippolyte Aucouturier after nails punctured his final spare tyre. He finished the stage only when Aucouturier gave him one of his spare tyres. Injury due to a fall on the next stage to Grenoble caused him to abandon.

The following year he took five stage wins out of thirteen and overall victory with 31 points. Again he was first up the Ballon d'Alsace but this time he stayed ahead, finishing at Dijon 48 minutes before his nearest competitor. He also won in Grenoble by fifteen minutes and at Nice by 26 minutes. He completed the 4,546 km in 189 hours, 34 minutes at an average 23.98kmh.

In September 1906 he won the Bol d'Or 24-hour cycle race at the Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris with 925.290 km.

On 25 January 1907 he committed suicide by hanging himself on his bike hook after hearing his wife had found a lover while he was away at the Tour. A few weeks later, Henri Desgrange, patron of the Tour, erected a stele in his memory at the top of the Ballon d'Alsace, a summit in Vosges.

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Major Victories

Bol d'Or 1906
Paris - Caen 1903
Tour de France 1906
Tour de France - stages 1906 (5)
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René Pottier - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 1903 Individual 29 122
2. 1905 Peugeot - Wolber 590 13
3. 1906 Peugeot 2319 1
Overall: 2938 1889