Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 110

Caught With His Trousers Down A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1978 1978 Two hours after winning a stage Pollentier still hadn't visited the doping control (as every Stage winner must do immediately after the race is over). When he was eventually found he had difficulty producing the urine sample. Suspicious, the doctor pulled up his jersey and found a condom filled with urine strapped to his armpit with a thin tube running to his shorts. Naturally he was kicked off the Tour. Split Ends A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1979 1979 Gone were some of the earlier archaic rules and regulations of Henri Desgrange, but Jacques Goddet could be a stubborn creature at times. It took a strike led by Hinault to finally get the message across that the riders were unhappy with split stages. Travelling until midnight and starting as early as 5am after a mammoth stage the day before was too much. 1979 was the first year Goddet succumbed and abandoned split stages, to the relief of many. 110