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|The start of the 1906 Tour de France|
The 1906 Tour de France still had cheating and sabotage. Four of the racers were disqualified for taking trains as short cuts. Spectators threw nails in the road as they had done in previous tours.
This Tour was made even more difficult than the previous tours by the addition of more mountain climbs and longer total length. The increased length made it possible to follow the borders of France, which was closely followed in the 1906 race.
A total of 100 cyclists signed up for the race, but only 76 of them came to the start. Only 14 racers were classified as finishing the 1906 edition of the Tour de France.
Rene Pottier took a big lead in the early stages and dominated the entire race to win overall. In the second stage Pottier had mechanical problems and had to stop to repair his machine 109 miles into the race. He lost 58 minutes while he worked on his bike. The other racers worked together to stay ahead of him. Pottier chased them for 120 miles and caught them 16 miles before the finish. He then rode away from all the other racers to win the stage. Pottier showed his strength in the last stage of the Tour by winning the stage in a sprint finish.
1906 Tour de France complete final general classification.
1. Rene Pottier: 31 points
2.Georges Passerieu: 39
3. Louis Trousselier: 59
4. Lucien Petit-Breton: 65
5. Emile Georget: 80
6. Alois Catteau: 129
7. Edouard Wattelier: 137
8. Leon Georget: 152
9. Eugene Christophe: 156
10. Antony Wattelier: 168
11. Georges Fleury: 201
12. Ferdinand Payan: 222
13. Leon Winant: 241
14. Georges Bronchard: 256