Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 112

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France Le Tour Du Monde 1982 1982 Jacques Goddet, like his predecessor Desgrange, was a man with ambition. Inspired by the phenomenal success of the football World Cup he was passionate about creating a global race, travelling the world every four years and reverting back to national teams. He wrote an open letter to the cycling world stating “The Tour is absolutely ready to be globalised. The bicycle has conquered the world, the sport of cycling has plunged its roots deep into every continent and is followed by passionate fans.” Too passionate to wait a long four years between global Tours, it would now appear. A Miscellany of Le Tour de France Team Werk 1983 1983 One of the most revered songs produced in tribute to the Tour, Kraftwerk’s Tour de France was released in 1983. MA G YA The iconic sleeve design was adapted from an image that first appeared on a 1953 Hungarian postage stamp, one of a sport-themed set commemorating the opening of the Népstadion (People's Stadium) in Budapest. 112 R S PO TA f 20 Kraftwerk are huge cycling fans, and once spent the entire Tour following the peloton in one of the race officials’ vehicles.