Battered by wind and torrid heat, much of this stage from Carcassonne to Nimes was spent riding in echelons.
For riders like Herrera and Delgado, not accustomed to this northern style of racing, it meant a 50-second loss on GC.
At 10km from the finish, sprinter Frank Hoste, fellow Belgian Ronny Van Holen, and the constantly attacking Italian Silvano Contini took off from a breakaway group and stayed away to the finish, despite the chasing efforts of the Vie Claires. With the complicity of Van Holen, Hoste’s sprint win over Contini was almost a formality.
The other news of the day was the crash and subsequent abandonment of the Tour by 7-Eleven’s road captain, Davis Phinney.
1. Frank Hoste 5:52:31
2. Silvana Contini
3. Ronny Van Holen :05
4. Hermans :08
5. Acacio Da Silva s.t.
GC: no change
We hope you’ve enjoyed this passage from Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore!
During the 2012 Tour de France, VeloPress traveled back through time to replay the 1986 Tour de France one stage at a time. Each morning of the 2012 Tour, VeloPress published a “stage report” with results from the 1986 Tour, which were passages from Richard Moore’s award-winning book Slaying the Badger and supplemented with articles and advertisements from the archives of Velo-news magazine and with race videos from YouTube. VeloPress is pleased to archive these passages from Slaying the Badger, which is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry between the young American Greg LeMond and his teammate, the legendary French rider Bernard Hinault.
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