Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 117

A Tour For Europe A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1992 1992 The signing of the Maastricht treaty signaled the integration of the European Union. To celebrate the 1992 Tour visited a record seven countries: Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Italy. Spain’s Miguel Indurain won his second Tour, but the race is most remembered for Claudio Chiappucci’s epic solo break on home turf as the Tour entered Italy on the road to Sestriere, securing second place overall and immortality with the tifosi. The Devil’s Record A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1993 1993 One of the Tour's most recognisable faces in recent times is the infamous Red Devil, also known as Didi Senff and complete with trident. He was inspired into costume by the German cycling announcer Herbert Watterot, who called the last lap of local criterium races The Red Devil's Lap. The peleton either love or loathe him and he uses his pitchfork to defend himself against water bottles thrown at him during the race. He is also an acclaimed bicycle inventor and in the Guinness Book of Records for building the world’s largest bicycle in the shape of a guitar. 117