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75th Tour de France 1988

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

Top 25 TdF

 

The Spanish Victory That Almost Didn’t Happen

CR Timeline 1988

Injuries suffered earlier in the year kept defending champion Stephen Roche from starting the 1988 Tour de France.  America’s hopes were placed on Andy Hampsten, the recent winner of the Giro d’Italia.  Spaniard Pedro Delgado, who finished second to Roche in 1987, was the strongest pre-race challenger. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Tour organizers experimented with a 1 km Preface to replace the traditional Prologue TT as the preliminary stage.  The “Preface Times” were added to the Stage 2 TTT classification.  The experiment was a failure and only lasted one year.  

Tour legend indicates that “no champion is ever crowned before the mountain stages.”  This year was no exception.  The fabled finish at the top of Alpe d’Huez on stage 12 started the overall shakeup.  Urs Zimmerman (Sui) escaped the peloton on the second climb of the day, the Col de Madeleine.  The early, hard effort caused Zimmerman to weaken on the next to last climb, the Col du Glandon.  When the final climb to Alpe d’Huez started, Zimmerman was caught and the race for the overall classification moved into high gear.  Steven Rooks (Ned) slowly pulled away from the lead group of four to win the stage.  Teammate Gert-Jan Theunisse finished second just ahead of Pedro Delgado in third place.  The time gain by the lead group gave Delgado the race lead.  

The schedule kept the pressure on the riders with the uphill 38 km ITT from Grenoble to Villard de Lans.  Race leader Delgado showed his strength by crushing his challengers and winning the stage by 44 seconds over Jean-Francois Bernard.  

SPECIAL NOTE: Following the stage, the seeds of controversy entered the Tour.  Delgado’s number was one of several called for daily Control Dopage (drug control) by the UCI (Union Cycliste International).  The samples are sent to be tested as the Tour left the Alps and head for the Pyrenees Mountains. 

During the two stages in the Pyrenees Mountains, Delgado climbed to a small increase in his overall lead.  The Tour had entered the final week of racing with Delgado holding a 4’06” lead on Steven Rooks.  

In Bordeaux, the Tour officials announced the results of the drug tests from Villard de Lans.  The announcement marked the beginning of a huge controversy for the TdF.  Race leader Pedro Delgado had tested positive for Promedicide, a drug used to mask steroid use and other banned substances.  However, Promedicide was on the banned substance list of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but was not on the banned list of the UCI.  Cycling’s controlling body had the drug scheduled to be banned in August 1988 (one month after the Tour).  Delgado had escaped on a technicality.  He was cleared and allowed to continue the race without penalty.  He rode into Paris to claim the victory. 

SPECIAL NOTE: The scandal of the Delgado Affair caused a shakeup in the Tour organization and following the race a new director was appointed.  Jean-Marie LeBlanc, a former TdF rider, was hire to take the Tour de France to new heights.

 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Preface PORNICHET-LA BAULE, 1 km ITT *

Guido Bontempi (Ita)

Steve Bauer (Can)

Stage 1 PONTCHATEAU-MACHECOUL, 92 km

Steve Bauer (Can)

Teun Van Vliet (Hol)

Stage 2 La Haye Fouassiere to Ancenis, 48 km TTT * PANASONIC Teun Van Vliet (Hol)

Stage 3 NANTES-LE MANS, 213 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Hol)

Teun Van Vliet (Hol)

Stage 4 LE MANS-EVREUX, 158 km

Acacio Da Silva (Por)

Teun Van Vliet (Hol)

Stage 5 NEUFCHATEL EN BRAY-LIEVIN, 147 km

Jelle Nijdam (Hol)

Henk Lubberding (Hol)

Stage 6 LIEVIN-WASQUEHAL, 52 km ITT

Sean Yates (GBr)

Jelle Nijdam (Hol)

Stage 7 WASQUEHAL-REIMS, 225 km

Valerio Tebaldi (Ita)

Jelle Nijdam (Hol)

Stage 8 REIMS-NANCY, 219 km

Rolf Golz (Ger)

Steve Bauer (Can)

Stage 9 NANCY-STRASBOURG, 166 km

Jerome Simon (Fra)

Steve Bauer (Can)

Stage 10 BELFORT-BESANCON, 150 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Hol)

Steve Bauer (Can)

Stage 11 BESANCON-MORZINE, 232 km

Fabio Parra (Col)

Steve Bauer (Can)

Stage 12 MORZINE-ALPE D'HUEZ, 227 km

Steven Rooks (Hol)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 13 GRENOBLE-VILLARD DE LANS, 38 km ITT

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 14 BLAGNAC-GUZET NEIGE, 163 km

Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 15 ST GIRONS-LUZ ARDIDEN, 187 km

Laudelino Cubino (Spa)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 16 TARBES-PAU, 35 km

Adri Van der Poel (Hol)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 17 PAU-BORDEAUX, 210 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Hol)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 18  RUELLE SUR TOUVRE-LIMOGES, 94 km

Gianni Bugno (Ita)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 19  LIMOGES-PUY DE DOME, 188 km

Johnny Weltz (Den)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 20 CLERMONT FERRAND-CHALON SUR SAONE, 223 km

Thierry Marie (Fra)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 21  SANTENAY-SANTENAY, 46 km ITT

Juan Martinez-Oliver (Spa)

Pedro Delgado (Spa)

Stage 22 NEMOURS-PARIS/Champs Elysees, 172 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Hol)

YJ Pedro Delgado (Spa)

PDJ Steven Rooks (Hol)

GJ Eddy Planckaert (Bel)



TdF July 3 - July 24, 1988
3,286 Km

1. Pedro DELGADO (Spa) 84h27'53"

2. Steven Rooks (Ned) +7'13"

3. Fabio Parra (Col) +9'58"

Starters: 198
Finishers: 151
Average Speed: 38.909 km/h

 

 

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