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Cycling – 1987 – Tour De France – Stage 22 Thru 24 With Individ Time Trial – Featuring Stephen Roche

IRE Stephen Roche was only 39 seconds behind ESP Pedro Delgado in the general classification….as  Roche could still win the Tour…..but it depended on if he could recover in time for the 22nd stage. That stage included the last serious climb of the Tour….so Delgado had his final opportunity to gain time on Roche….and he attacked…..however, Roche was able to come back to Delgado twice…..and that is when Roche attacked…..and Delgado could not keep up….as Roche won back 18 seconds on Delgado,….so, he had reduced his margin to 21 seconds…..and being a very talented in time-trials….he knew that he could easily make up for it on the last real competitive stage….which was an individual time trial at Dijon…. which was a 38 km / 24 mile race that Roche won almost a minute on Delgado…..and this was enough to secure the overall 1987 Tour de France win…..as this time trial was won by Jean-François Bernard….who finished the Tour in third place after losing four minutes after the flat tire in the nineteenth stage.

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