Le Tour de France: Stage 21 – Paris ITT, 1989

Every year when I get my new wall calendar, I mark out three important weeks in July. Why? Because the month of July has always been to me (since 1985) about the Tour de France. I love this old race and nothing comes close to it, except maybe my passion for football. Thirty years later I am still mesmerized by the theatre and drama of this grueling event and this year has been no different with so much drama, spills and crashes. However, nothing comes close to Tour drama, in my opinion, than the last stage of the 1989 Tour. That year, my favourite sporting ‘hero’ Greg LeMond, won the Tour in incredible circumstances. My friend Aaron, who writes an amazing cycling blog, has given me the honour of writing the last article in his Tour series. And what a wonderful series it has been! Please drop by and relive some of Tour history’s greatest moments and my take on arguably the most exciting Tour stage in modern history.

1989

Cycling History

And so after three weeks we finally reach Paris. When I decided to write this series back in February I had several ideas for the stages I wanted to include which made the final selection no easy task. When it came to the final stage to Paris however, there was always only going to be one candidate; 1989, LeMond versus Fignon, and the most dramatic and thrilling end to Le Tour in its long history. I also wanted my friend Robert Horvat, a lifelong fan of LeMond, to write it. So without further preamble it’s over to Robert to tell us the story of that famous day.

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Rarely is the Tour decided on the last day of racing. In the final days leading to Paris, the battle for the Tour is often already won after the last mountain stage battle or when the last major time trial has been raced…

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