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Greg LeMond Visits White House

LeMond visits White House Velo-news

Excerpt from 1986 Velo-News about Greg LeMond's win at the 1986 Tour de France

Greg LeMond Wins the Tour de France!

Greg LeMond first American to win the Tour de France 1986 Velo-news

Greg LeMond appears on the cover of Velo-news magazine after winning the 1986 Tour de France!

Hinault Is Worth His Weight in Beans

After Bernard Hinault was weighed so he could be given his weight in coffee by cycling trade sponsor Cafe de Colombia, it was on to stage 22, a 194km ceremonial march from Clermont- Ferrand to Nevers.

The Badger Is Slain! Hinault Finally Concedes to LeMond

Today's stage 21 was a hilly one that finished atop the Puy de Dôme—the spectacular dome-shaped volcanic plug in the Massif Central. The Puy de Dôme is a climb of rich symbolism and incident, where Hinault had fancied claiming his first yellow jersey in 1978, where Eddy Merckx had been punched in the kidneys three years earlier. This year, the mountain's role is to perhaps allow a challenger to make one last, desperate bid for the yellow jersey.

LeMond’s Disastrous Time Trial Ends in Yellow

Greg LeMond rides the Stage 9 ITT in Nantes during the 1986 Tour de France

Today’s stage 20 looked to be a critical one in the Tour de France, a 58km individual time trial in Saint-Etienne. This stage presented the last time trial of the Tour, one which Hinault said would seal the victory of the strongest rider.

Is Greg LeMond in Danger?

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Is Greg LeMond in danger at the 1986 Tour de France?

Hinault and LeMond Ride Together Up Alpe d’Huez!

Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault ascend Alpe d'Huez 1986 Tour de France

Greg LeMond's first day in the yellow jersey was not an easy one. Stage 18 almost immediately ascended the Col du Lautaret then the Col du Galibier en route to a summit finish on Alpe d'Huez.

Greg LeMond First American to Lead the Tour de France!

Greg LeMond dropped an injured Bernard Hinault on today's mountain stage to become the first rider from the United States to wear the yellow jersey of the leader of the Tour de France.

In Mistral Winds, the Badger Sneaks Away Again

Velo-news photo of the 1986 Tour de France climbers Hampsten, Hinault, LeMond, Herrera

On today's stage 16, the peloton faced strong winds on the roads from Nimes to Gap, winds that forced the riders into echelons.

Tour Abandons: Phinney Crashes Out, Fignon Abandons

Team 7-Eleven's sprinter Davis Phinney has dropped out of the Tour after crashing heavily on today's Stage 15. This leaves the team relying on Phinney's usual lead-out man Ron Kiefel to contest the sprints. Fortunately, Kiefel has shown that he has the legs for the Tour, narrowly missing a stage win to Peeters on stage 7.

Davis Phinney Crashes Out of the Tour on Stage 15

Battered by wind and torrid heat, much of this stage from Carcassonne to Nimes was spent riding in echelons.

Always Stirring the Pot, La Vie Claire Takes Stage 14

After two dramatic days in the Pyrenees that saw a big shake up in the overall standings, today's stage traveled 154 km across the south of France into the foothills of the Alps.

Hampsten and Grewal: Hinault’s Attack Was Suicidal

Alexi Grewal photo from Team 7-Eleven book

Team 7-Eleven's Alexi Grewal, the winner of the 1984 Olympic road race, described Hinault’s solo attack on this second day in the Pyrenees as “undoubtedly the most stupid move of the race so far.

Hinault Cracks after Kamikaze Attack! LeMond Wins Stage!

Andy Hampsten

Greg LeMond won his second Tour de France stage today after his La Vie Claire teammate and race leader Bernard Hinault cracked spectacularly on the climbs leading to the finish in Superbagneres. LeMond's win is the first ever mountain stage win for an American in the Tour de France.

LeMond and Hinault Near Fisticuffs! LeMond: “Hinault’s gonna pay.”

Today's stage 12 to Pau saw Bernard Hinault launch a sneak attack on the overall favorites.

Hinault Takes Yellow with Sneak Attack to Pau!

Hinault leads Delgado on stage 12 of the 1986 Tour de France

During the early miles of Stage 12 from Bayonne to Pau, the peloton rode calmly, saving their legs for the first major climb of the Tour, the first-category Col de Marie-Blanque, until something unexpected happened.

Hammering for Hollywood, Peloton “Races It Up” on Longest Stage

Bernard Hinault and his many yellow jerseys

Thinking that this longest of Tour stages from Poitiers to Bordeaux was to be a hot, lazy, flat slog, many Tour journalists went 130km ahead to take advantage of a sumptuous Bastille Day buffet put out free by the rich brandy burghers of the French region of Cognac.

LeMond Guts It Out for 60km with Food Poisoning!

Bernard Hinault Sportscaster card from 1978

According to riders interviewed after today's Stage 10 from Nantes to Futuroscope, the stench was overpowering: a rotten, putrid smell, so bad that several riders looked around, their faces screwing up as though they were sucking on lemons. The peloton watched Greg LeMond, fourth in line, being led back to the pack by a string of his La Vie Claire teammates.

Hinault Defeats LeMond in Stage 9 Individual Time Trial

Greg LeMond rides the Stage 9 ITT in Nantes during the 1986 Tour de France

Hinault’s attack on the road to Cherbourg only served to make Greg LeMond even more uncertain and edgy. They have barely left the blocks, but already the pledge that Hinault made to help the American seems as believable as Santa Claus.

Massive Field Sprints for First in Nantes

Team 7-Eleven's Bob Roll

Finally a massive field sprint after days of breakaways!

Second-place Kiefel: “Tour Is Unbelievably Hard, 10 kph Faster than U.S. Races”

Team 7-Eleven's Ron Kiefel looks tired at Tirreno-Adriatico

"I should have been in my 12," commented a frustrated Ron Kiefel after finishing second in Stage 7 to multiple classics winner Ludo Peeters.

The Badger Attacks!

The Badger Attacks

Stage 6 to Cherbourg witnessed a surprise attack by a GC favorite. En route to Brittany, Bernard Hinault's stomping grounds, the Badger attacked the peloton.

Two-Man Break Storms Stage 5 in Seaside Resort of Villers-Sur-Mer

After a 100km breakaway in the company of Frenchman Joel Pelier, Dutchman Johan Van der Velde won the sprint at this seaside resort and as a plus took the yellow jersey.

Tension in the Peloton: 40 Riders Crash During Nervous Stage 4

"La Tournée des Accidents" or "The Tour of Crashes" headlined one regional newspaper after this long but flat transitional stage.

Système U Hammers La Vie Claire in TTT

Saturday afternoon’s stage is a 56-km team time trial, an event La Vie Claire dominated in 1985, winning by over a minute. But now, in 1986 on the road from Meudon to Saint Quentin, something very, very odd happened.

Disaster at the Tour: Team 7-Eleven Holds Jersey for Just 3 Hours

Team 7-Eleven book: Alex Stieda smiles after winning the yellow jersey of the Tour de France

Just hours after becoming the first North American to win the race lead at the Tour de France, Alex Stieda has lost the yellow jersey after a disastrous team time trial performance by the 7-Eleven Team.

First in Yellow: Alex Stieda Leads the Tour de France after Stage 1!

Team 7-Eleven book Alex Stieda wears Tour de France yellow jersey

The first stage of the Tour de France marked an historic achievement for North American cycling: Alex Steida, Team 7-Eleven's Canadian rider, has become the first North American ever to wear the yellow jersey of the leader of the Tour de France.

Fignon’s Systeme U Takes Prologue!

Frenchman Thierry Marie (Systeme U) won today's opening stage of the Tour de France, a 4 kilometer individual time trial snaking through Boulogne-Billancourt.

Hampsten and Hinault Favored to Win, Fignon Calls LeMond “An Excellent Second”

Velo-news 1986 tour de france preview of the favorites

Felix Magowan of Velo-news offers this preview of the 1986 Tour de France

Andy Hampsten Wins Tour of Switzerland, Readies for Tour

Velo-news Andy Hampsten wins 1986 Tour of Switzerland

Drawing from his book Team 7-Eleven, Geoff Drake interviews Andy Hampsten on his Giro d'Italia win which was just months before the 1986 Tour de France.

1986 Tour de France Route Map and Schedule

1986 Tour de France route map Velo-news Slaying the Badger

Amaury Sport Organisation, organizer of the Tour de France, has kindly released the stage map and schedule for the upcoming 1986 Tour de France to Velo-news.

Despite Injuries, Team 7-Eleven’s Morale for Tour Is High

Team 7-Eleven Paris-Nice 1986

The injury list is ominous -- broken ribs, broken noses, sinus infections, stress fractures, bronchitis, and dysentery. Not exactly an auspicious start for the first American-based professional team to compete in the Tour de France.

LeMond Battles to 4th in Giro

Greg LeMond Slaying the Badger Velo-news

American Greg LeMond, captain of the La Vie Claire team, placed fourth in the 69th Giro d'Italia, behind winner Robert Visentini, Giuseppe Saronni, and Francesco Moser.

Shimano Congratulates New U.S. Pro Road Champion Thomas Prehn

Thomas Prehn shimano win ad

Ad ad from a 1986 issue of Velo-news magazine

Surprising Prehn Takes Pro Road Title

Thomas Prehn wins pro road race

"This was definitely the biggest win of my career," said Thomas Prehn after outsprinting Jorgen Marcussen of Denmark to win the CoreStates USPRO Championship in Philadelphia on June 15.

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