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72nd Tour de France 1985

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

Top 25 TdF

 

Hinault Crashes, LeMond Follows Team Orders

CR Timeline 1985

A record tying fifth Tour de France victory was the burning desire for Bernard Hinault.  Defending champion Laurent Fignon did not enter the Tour because surgery on his left ankle.  Hinault’s team owner Bernard Tapie invested a substantial amount of money to bolster the team around his French star.  Tapie gave large contracts to talented young riders, Niki Ruttimann (Sui), Kim Andersen (Den), Steve Bauer (Can), and young star Greg LeMond (USA).  LeMond commanded the salary of a number one rider, but was hired to support the efforts of Hinault.  The expenditure proved to be great insurance for the Frenchman.

The master of the ITT, Hinault won the 75 km Stage 8 by 2’20” over Stephen Roche (Ire) and 2’34” over teammate Greg LeMond.  Hinault was back in the Maillot Jaune as the Tour entered the tough climbing stages in the Alps. 

Hinault riding conservatively matched the pace of his rivals and allowed only small groups to breakaway for the stage wins.  His effort expanded the overall lead by small amounts of time.  He led LeMond by 5’23” going into a rest day in Autrans.

Stage 14 from Autrans to Saint Etienne will not be remembered for its aggressive racing, but for the severe crash of the race leader.  The one major climb of the day, L’Oeillon, gave Colombian climber Luis Herrera the launching pad for the solo stage win.  In the field sprint, Hinault touched wheels with another rider and fell heavily to the pavement.  Because the crash happened inside the final kilometer, Hinault would not lose any time, provided he crossed the finish line.  His nose broken and face covered in blood, the Badger courageously remounted his bicycle and slowly crossed the finish line.  The race leader held on to the Maillot Jaune.

When the Tour entered the Pyrenees Mountains, Hinault’s broken nose severely hindered his breathing.  Pedro Delgado (Spa) escaped the peloton and rode solo to the final climb to Luz Ardidan.  Stephen Roche also seized the moment and attacked the struggling race leader.  Roche was quickly joined by Eduardo Chozas and Greg LeMond.  Hinault trailed the Roche group by more than a minute and LeMond sensed the opportunity to gain control of the race.  He wanted to attack his chase group, but team director Paul Koechli prohibited the move.  LeMond was ordered back to the Hinault group.  Delgado climbed to the stage win, while a furious LeMond lashed out at Koechli and Hinault.  Spirits of the team were calmed after Tapie enters the discussion.  LeMond announced his full support of the French team leader. 

During the remaining 5 stages, LeMond worked diligently and helped Hinault take his record tying fifth Tour de France victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: The victorious Hinault, on the podium in Paris, pledged to support LeMond in the 1986 Tour.  It was a promise the Badger would not keep.

 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue PLUMELEC, 6.8 km ITT

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 1 VANNES-LANESTER, 256 km

Rudy Matthijs (Bel)

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

Stage 2 LORIENT-VITRE, 242 km

Rudy Matthijs (Bel)

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

Stage 4 FOUGERES-PONT AUDEMER, 239 km

Gerrit Solleveld (Ned)

Kim Andersen (Den)

Stage 5 NEUFCHATEL EN BRAY-ROUBAIX, 224 km

Henri Manders (Ned)

Kim Andersen (Den)

Stage 6 ROUBAIX-REIMS, 221 km

Francis Castaing (Fra)

Kim Andersen (Den)

Stage 7 REIMS-NANCY, 218 km

Ludwig Wijnants (Bel)

Kim Andersen (Den)

Stage 8 SARREBOURG-STRASBOURG, 75 km ITT

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 9 STRASBOURG-EPINAL, 174 km

Maarten Ducrot (Ned)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 10 EPINAL-PONTARLIER, 204 km

Jorgen Pedersen (Den)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 11 PONTARLIER-MORZINE /Avoriaz, 195 km

Luis Herrera (Col)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 12 MORZINE-LANS EN VERCORS, 269 km

Fabio Parra (Col)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 13 VILLARD DE LANS, 38 km ITT

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 14 AUTRANS-ST ETIENNE, 179 km

Luis Herrera (Col)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 15 ST ETIENNE-AURILLAC, 237 km

Eduardo Chozas (Spa)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 16 AURILLAC-TOULOUSE, 247 km

Frederic Vichot (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 17 TOULOUSE-LUZ ARDIDEN, 209 km

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 18a LUZ ST SAUVEUR-COL D'AUBISQUE, 53 km

Stephen Roche (Ire)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 18b LARUNS-PAU, 83 km

Regis Simon (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 19  PAU-BORDEAUX, 203 km

Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 20 MONTPON MENESTREL-LIMOGES, 225 km

Johan Lammerts (Ned)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 21 CIRCUIT DU LAC DE VASSIVIERE, 46 km ITT

Greg LeMond (USA)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 22 ORLEANS-PARIS/Champs Elysees, 196 km

Rudy Matthijs (Bel)

YJ Bernard Hinault (Fra)

PDJ Luis Herrera (Col)

GJ Sean Kelly (Ire)



TdF June 28 - July 21, 1985
4,113 Km

1. Bernard HINAULT (Fra) 113h24'23"

2. Greg LeMond (USA) +1'42"

3. Stephen Roche (Ire) +4'29"

Starters: 180
Finishers: 144
Average Speed: 36.215 km/h

 

 

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