A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 7
1909 Adolpe Steinès was sent by Henri Desgrange to explore the summit of the Tourmalet to see if it was passable for the riders. Facing treacherous blizzard conditions, climbing a goat track and doing his best to avoid bears en route it was clear the Tourmalet was in no fit state to host Le Tour.
When he finally arrived back at base he sent the following telegram to Desgrange “Have crossed Tourmalet, stop. Very good road, stop. Perfectly feasible, stop.”
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