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71st Tour de France 1984

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

Top 25 TdF

 

Former Teammates Battle

CR Timeline 1984

Defending champion Laurent "Le Professeur" Fignon returned to prove his 1983 victory was no fluke.  Three-time champion Bernard “the Badger” Hinault returned to form after missing the 1983 Tour.  Hinault joined a new La Vie Claire leaving the talented young Fignon as the leader of the powerful Renault team. 

SPECIAL NOTE: After losing Hinault, Renault team director Cyrille Guimard signed another young and promising star, American Greg LeMond. 

A three rider breakaway on stage 5 rode away from the peloton.  Fignon’s Renault teammate, Vincent Barteau (Fra), joined the attack of Paulo Ferreira (Por) and Maurice Le Guilloux (Fra).  The trio steadily built a large lead and cruised into the finish in Cergy Pontoise 17’42” ahead of the peloton.  The young Ferriera took the stage win, but Vincent Barteau, second placed on the stage, put on the Maillot Jaune (race leader’s Yellow Jersey). 

The first big test for the race favorites came on the stage 7 individual time trial (ITT).  Fignon rode a brilliant race and beat rival Hinault by 49 seconds for the stage win. 

Stage 11 the first stage of climbing featured a Robert Millar breakaway win at the top of Guzet Neige.  Fignon, riding conservatively, finished the stage seventh 2’13” behind Millar, but 52 seconds ahead of Hinault.  Hinault’s deficit to Fignon was growing as Barteau’s sizable race lead was diminishing. 

Laurent Fignon rode brilliantly to again beat Hinault in the third time trial.  Fignon was now in second place in the overall classification 6’29” behind Barteau and 2’46” ahead of Hinault. 

The road to Alpe d’Huez was preceded by two category 1 climbs.  The race began to blow apart on the Cote de Laffrey.  Bernard Hinault needed to gain time and attacked 5 times on the climb.  Fignon answered his surges every time.  Over the top of the Laffrey, Fignon and Colombian Luis Herrera slipped away from the lead group. 

Luis Herrera and Fignon steadily opened the lead and rode to the summit together.  Luis Herrera surged in the final kilometer to take the stage win.  Laurent Fignon rolled in 49 seconds behind the stage winner, but gained 10’51” to take the Maillot Jaune off the shoulders of his teammate, Barteau.  A fading Hinault finished seventh on the stage and lost another 2’55” to Fignon.  The Badger held on to his third place overall but fell more than 5 minutes behind Le Professeur

SPECIAL NOTE: Herrera had become the first South American to win a stage in the TdF.  He crossed the finish line to the joy of the enthusiastic Colombian reporters. 

Although his chances for the overall victory were gone, the Badger gallantly continued to attack during the closing stages.  His battle was lost but his popularity soared. 

In Paris, Laurent Fignon celebrated his second Tour de France victory

SPECIAL NOTE: Laurent Fignon narrowly missed the prestigious Tour de France/Giro d’Italia double in 1984.  Fignon, locked in a fierce battle with Francesco Moser (Ita), had the Maglia Rosa (race leader’s Pink Jersey) going into the final stage.  The stage was a 42 km ITT from Soave to Verona.  Fignon held a 1’23” lead on Moser when the stage began.  By the finish in Verona, Fignon had lost 2’26” to Moser and finished second in the overall classification.

 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue MONTREUIL-NOISY LE Sec, 5.4 km ITT

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 1 BONDY-ST DENIS, 149 km

Frank Hoste (Bel)

Ludo Peeters (Bel)

Stage 2 BOBIGNY-LOUVROIL, 249 km

Marc Madiot (Fra)

Jacques Hanegraaf (Ned)

Stage 4 VALENCIENNES-BETHUNE, 83 km

Ferdi Van den Haute (Ned)

Adri Van der Poel (Ned)

Stage 5 BETHUNE-CERGY PONTOISE, 207 km

Paulo Ferreira (Por)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 6 CERGY PONTOISE-ALENCON, 202 km

Frank Hoste (Bel)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 7 ALENCON-LE MANS, 67 km ITT

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 8 LE MANS-NANTES, 192 km

Pascal Jules (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 9 NANTES-BORDEAUX, 338 km

Jan Raas (Ned)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 10 LANGON-PAU, 198 km

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 11 PAU-GUZET NEIGE, 227 km

Robert Millar (GBr)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 12 ST GIRONS-BLAGNAC, 111 km

Pascal Poisson (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 13 BLAGNAC-RODEZ, 221 km

Pierre-Henri Mentheour (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 14 RODEZ-DOMAINE DU ROURET, 227 km

Fons De Wolf (Bel)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 15 DOMAINE DU ROURET-GRENOBLE, 241 km

Frederic Vichot (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 16 LES ECHELLES-LA RUCHERE, 22 km ITT

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Vincent Barteau (Fra)

Stage 17 GRENOBLE-ALPE D'HUEZ, 151 km

Luis Herrera (Col)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 18 BOURG D'OISANS-LA PLAGNE, 185 km

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 19 LA PLAGNE-MORZINE, 186 km

Angel Arroyo (Spa)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 20 MORZINE-CRANS MONTANA, 140 km

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 21a CRANS MONTANA, VILLEFRANCHE EN BEAUJ., 321 km

Frank Hoste (Bel)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 21b VILLIE MORGON-VILLEFRANCHE EN BEAUJ., 51 km ITT

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 22 PANTIN-PARIS/Champs Elysees, 196 km

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

YJ Laurent Fignon (Fra)

PDJ Robert Miller (GBr)

GJ Frank Hoste (Bel)



TdF June 29 - July 22, 1984
4,021 Km

1. Laurent FIGNON (Fra) 112h03'40"

2. Bernard Hinault (Fra) +10'32"

3. Greg LeMond (USA) +11'46"

Starters: 170
Finishers: 124
Average Speed: 34.906 km/h

 

 

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