Stele with text and a photo of Pottier.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Course Annuelle de 5000 Kil.
organisée par l'AUTO.
arriva premier en cet endroit
après avoir soutenu, dans l'escalade
du Ballon d'Alsace, une vitesse moyenne
de 20 Kil. à l'heure et dépassé tous
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).
There are four four monuments on the Ballon d'Alsace, where three departments meet:
Here is a interactive map.
- Notre Dame du Ballon, in Haut-Rhin (almost on the border with Territoire de Belfort).
- Memorial for René Pottier, in Vosges
- Jeanne d'Arc, in Vosges (maybe 5 meters from the border with Territoire de Belfort).
- Monument en mémoire des démineurs, exactly on the border of Vosges and Territoire de Belfort
Sources & Information
Location (N 47°49'14" - E 6°50'4")
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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