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René Pottier

Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, 1879 - Levallois-Perret 1907
French racing cyclist, winner of the 1906 Tour de France


Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle /  René Pottier   Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle /  René Pottier


Stele with text and a photo of Pottier.


Dans le
Course Annuelle de 5000 Kil.
organisée par l'AUTO.
arriva premier en cet endroit
en 1905-1906,
après avoir soutenu, dans l'escalade
du Ballon d'Alsace, une vitesse moyenne
de 20 Kil. à l'heure et dépassé tous
ses adversaires.


On 25 January 1907 Pottier committed suicide by hanging himself on his bike hook after hearing his wife had found a lover while he was away at the Tour de France. A few weeks later, Henri Desgrange, patron of the Tour, erected a stele in his memory at the top of the Ballon d'Alsace.

The photo is added on 25 June 2006 at the 100th anniversary, and after 2009 the monument is moved to a differen place (on older photos the stele stands on a slope in the grass).

Ballon d'Alsace

There are four four monuments on the Ballon d'Alsace, where three departments meet:
  1. Notre Dame du Ballon, in Haut-Rhin (almost on the border with Territoire de Belfort).
  2. Memorial for René Pottier, in Vosges
  3. Jeanne d'Arc, in Vosges (maybe 5 meters from the border with Territoire de Belfort).
  4. Monument en mémoire des démineurs, exactly on the border of Vosges and Territoire de Belfort
Here is a interactive map.

Sources & Information


Locatie (N 47°49'14" - E 6°50'4") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: frlo148; Photograph: 15 April 2012
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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