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Cycling 1985 Tour De France John Tesh Reports On FRA Bernard Hinault Ride On The Champs-Elysee In Stage 22

The 1985 Tour de France was the 72nd Tour de France….which took place between June 28th and July 21st….and covered a 4,109 km (2,553 mi) course in 22 stages and a prologue…..as France’s Bernard Hinault would attempt to equal the records of Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx….who had each won the Tour de France five times.

Hinault was unable to compete due to tendinitis in 1983….and in 1984 had finished 2nd to Laurent Fignon ….while being threatened by Greg LeMond….who ended in third position on the final podium….so, in order to ensure the best support….Hinault’s La Vie Claire team recruited LeMond for the 1985 tour….and in return for his support….Hinault promised on television that he would support LeMond the following year in the 1986 Tour de France….and despite crashing on a fast descent and riding with black eyes due to his injuries….Hinault won and publicly again stated his promise to help LeMond the following year.

 

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