Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 111

The Badger, Cornered A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1980 1980 When Hinault quit the Tour because of tendonitis he tried to sneak out quietly, hoping for the minimum of fuss. His withdrawal was announced at 10.30pm, after the papers had gone to press, to give him time to make his escape to Lourdes. The press went into a panic in pursuit of their hero and they finally hunted him down on his return home to Brittany. They tied up his front door with a rope and blocked off the road with a car, forcing him to stop, but not before he threatened to ram their car unless they moved it. Enter, The Squirrel A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1981 1981 Jonathan Boyer was the first ever American rider to enter the Tour but was mocked by the cycling community for being a vegetarian, a rather novel thing in 1981. He brought his own food to the race and at the start line he had nuts and fruit squirreled away in the pockets of his stars and stripes jersey. Whilst others sneered, Eddie Merckx astutely predicted “America will be the land of the future of cycling.” 111