Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 114

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France Best of Enemies 1986 1986 This was a Tour of battles. The yellow jersey changed hands with regularity – seven riders wore it in total. Goddet made the course harder, and Hinault and LeMond rode an electrifying race. Hinault had all but promised LeMond the win but in his last Tour he wasn’t going to go without drama. Fin Stage after stage he attacked, pushing LeMond to the limit. At l’Alpe d’Huez the pair fought a duel round every bend, finally crossing the line hand-in-hand at the summit. Lucky LeMond A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1987 1987 Greg LeMond had every intention of defending his title, but his plans were hampered when he was mistaken for a turkey. He returned home to America to recover from an earlier injury and went hunting with his family who became separated during the shoot. A member of the shooting party mistook LeMond (who was shuffling around in the bushes) for a turkey and shot him with over 50 pellets. He survived – just. He lay in a coma for two weeks and miraculously returned to competitive cycling the following year. 114