Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 109

Van Impe’s Motivation A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1976 1976 Could Van Impe win the Tour this year? Guimard believed so even if the rider didn’t quite believe it himself. Guimard (a former Tour contender in 1972 and now Gitane manager) was convinced Van Impe was champion material but needed to motivate his rider into thinking the same. His plan was simple - intimidate Van Impe into thinking he would ram him off the road if he didn’t attack Ocaña. Van Impe did attack and won the tour but left the Gitane team the following year. Unsurprisingly he wasn’t too comfortable with Guimard’s motivational tactics… Playing Possom A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1977 1977 When Gerben Karstens suffered a terrible crash everyone feared the worst. As the world’s media honed in on his lifeless body they assumed he was another tragic casualty of the Tour. Then suddenly, to the shock of the crowds he burst into hysterical laughter, jumped back on his bike and raced on ahead. He didn’t get away with it. Goddet, the Tour organiser, admonished him like a naughty schoolboy. 109