The second Tour de France ever

WORLD'S SECOND TOUR DE FRANCE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

When was the world's second Tour de France?

The second Tour de France was held from July 2 to July 24, 1904. It may have been a route that had already been raced before but it would go down in history as one of the most scandalous Tours ever. Many competitors were disqualified, including everyone who had held a ‘placing’ position. There were various reasons for the disqualifications, some of them involving competitors using trains or cars to make it to the finish line. Henri Cornet initially finished the race in fifth place however, due to the disqualifications he became the winner of the 1904 Tour de France. He also became the youngest person to ever win the race. There were eleven disqualifications in all. Two competitors were banned from the race for life, Maurice Garin, who had won the race the previous year, was banned for two years, and ten other competitors were banned for one year.

Henri Desgrange organized the race that year and he said that he would no longer have any involvement with the Tour because of the ‘blind emotion’ that the spectators had shown this particular year. This was due to the fact that some spectators would help the riders as they went or attack them, with a mob forming at one point. This group would knock bikers down as they passed and beat them. They eventually had to be broken apart by the sound of gunshots.



The second Tour de France ever

The second Tour de France ever

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