Sunday the 21st July

1903 Pt. V

Tour de France 1903, Stage 5

At Roche-sur-Yon, Garin suggests the following arrangement : ‘I want to win alone and neither you nor anyone else must beat me. I’ll help you on the road in return.’ I still hadn’t won a stage and felt in fantastic form, so I rejected his offer outright. So Garin says to Pothier : ‘Go ahead and knock him off !’ No sooner said than done. Pothier advances a few metres, dismounts and throws his bike at mine. I fall off, Garin takes my bike, stamps on it and destroys the rear wheel. I was completely beaten.
Fernand Augereau, fourth

Being number five in a series of six prints to celebrate the 100th Tour de France.