Classic jerseys: No.3 Peugeot

Giles Belbin 7 Nov 2018 The French team was a dominant force in the earliest days of the sport and witnessed more than its share of both success and scandal This article was first published in Issue 76 of Cyclist magazine Sporting a magnificent moustache and a thickly striped jersey, the splendidly named Hippolyte Aucouturier was a French racing cyclist in the early 1900s who bore more than a passing resemblance to the archetypal circus strongman. He cut an imposing figure and had a nickname to match, with Henri Desgrange’s L’Auto newspaper dubbing him ‘Le Terrible’. Aucouturier was a formidable bike rider. In 1903 he won Paris-Roubaix, Bordeaux-Paris and two stages at the inaugural Tour de France. Fast-forward 12 months and Aucouturier, now riding for Peugeot, did even better. Of the six stages that made up the 1904 race, Aucouturier won four of them – the first Peugeot-sponsored rider to ...

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