1920 Tour de France

The 14th Tour de France took place with 15 stages from June 27 to July 25, 1920. 113 riders took part in the tour, but reached only 22 target.

Race course

They started the tour in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, destination was the Paris Parc des Princes. The route took the participants first westward, then in the Pyrenees, on the French Mediterranean coast and across the Alps to Paris.

The Belgian Philippe Thys was able to prevail as a favorite and win his third Tour de France. For the 5503 km Thys reached while an average of 24.132 km / h He could also benefit from the numerous competitors for the win, including Eugène Christophe, Jean Alavoine and the brothers Henri and Francis Pélissier, task prematurely.

Tour director Henri Desgrange Henri Pélissier accused of not being capable of suffering enough. The Frenchman Honoré Barthélémy suffered a fractured shoulder in a crash, drove the tour yet to end. He was eighth overall and thus best Frenchman, places one to seven were occupied by Belgians.

For the first time a few stages of the Tour in the sprint were decided.

The stages