Georges Passerieu

George Passerieu
Personal information
Full name George Passerieu
Nickname l'Anglais du Paris (The Englishman from Paris)
Born (1885-11-18)November 18, 1885
London, United Kingdom
Died May 5, 1928(1928-05-05) (aged 42)
Épinay-sur-Orge, France
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
19061908 Peugeot
1909 Griffon
1911 La Française
1913 Automoto
1914 Atala-Phebus-Dunlop
Major wins
7 stages Tour de France
Infobox last updated on
May 26, 2008

George Leon Passerieu[1] (London, 18 November 1885Épinay-sur-Orge, 5 May 1928)[2] was a British-born French professional road bicycle racer, who won seven stages in the Tour de France, and reached the podium twice. He also was the winner of Paris–Roubaix and Paris–Tours.


Passerieu first rode the Tour in 1906, after he had just become a professional cyclist.[3] He was strong in the mountains, finishing second to René Pottier in the third stage. Pottier was dominant in that Tour, but Passerieu was the best of the rest. Passerieu won the first stage, beating Pottier in Marseille after they had climbed the mountains together.[3] Later he also won the twelfth stage, and finished second in the general classification.[4]

In 1907, Passerieu was riding for the Peugeot team, which saw potential in Belgian cyclist Cyrille Van Hauwaert. Van Hauwaert refused requests from Peugeot to ride as helper for Passerieu, but instead signed for the La Française team. In the 1907 edition of Paris–Roubaix, Passerieu finished first, followed by Van Hauwaert.[5]

Passerieu rode the 1908 Tour de France. He was the only cyclist to climb the Ballon d'Alsace and the Chartreuse without dismounting his bicycle.[6]

Major results

Tour de France:
Winner stages 6 and 12
2nd place overall classification
Tour de France:
Winner stages 6 and 14
Tour de France:
Winner stages 1, 5 and 13
3rd place overall classification


  1. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  2. "Georges Passerieu" (in French). Memoire du Cyclisme. 2009.
  3. 1 2 Wheatcroft, Geoffrey (2003). Le Tour: a history of the Tour de France, 1903-2003. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-3110-4.
  4. McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour De France. Dog Ear Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 1-59858-180-5.
  5. Geldhof, Patrieck; Vansayker, Dries (2005). En de broodrenner, hij fietste verder: het wielrennen in België tijdens WO II (in Dutch). Acco. p. 15. ISBN 90-334-5815-2.
  6. "L'Historique du Tour: Année 1908" (in French). Amaury Sports Association.
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