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82nd Tour de France 1995

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unstoppable Spaniard Joins the Elite of the Tour de France

Four time defending champion Miguel “Big Mig” Indurain led the short list of contenders for the 1995 Tour de France title.  The large framed Spaniard’s bid for another TdF championship would face a strong challenge. 

The fireworks started on stage 7. Indurain attacked on the penultimate climb of the Belgian roller coaster route from Charleroi to Liege.  Displaying shear power, Big Mig rode away from everyone except Belgian Johan Bruyneel.  American Lance Armstrong, an early member of the Indurain breakaway, said, “He just rode me off his wheel.” 

Hanging on for dear life, Bruyneel tucked himself behind Indurain’s rear wheel all the way to Liege.  A grateful Bruyneel won the stage and gained enough time to take the Maillot Jaune.  Big Mig had sent a strong message to the peloton.  The effort vaulted him into second place overall. 

Leader of the Once team, Alex Zulle, used the climb of Comet de Roseland to escape the peloton and ride solo toward the very difficult finishing climb to La Plagne.  At the foot of the hors categorie La Plagne (17.4 km, 6.8% ave.), Zulle had a 5 minute lead on the Indurain led chase group.  Sensing the danger to his race lead Indurain accelerated the tempo and slowly rode away from the remaining group.  At the finish, Zulle had the win, but Indurain’s late effort cut his time loss to 2’02”.  Big Mig remained the race leader 2’27” ahead of Zulle.

Richard Virenque won an ill-fated stage in the Circle of Death(the hardest day in the Pyrenees).  Virenque attacked early on the first of six categorized climbs on the day, the Portet d’Aspet.  The attack was hard but the chase was harder.  Virenque solo breakaway and the chase group came over the top of the climb to start the high speed descent.  Soon after reaching 55 mile per hour, Motorola’s Fabio Casartelli over shot a tight turn and crashed head first into a retaining wall.  Without a helmet to protect his head, the vulnerable rider suffered a fractured skull and had to be evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital in Tarbes.  Sadly, Casartelli was pronounced died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.  He became the fourth rider to die while racing the Tour. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Tour 1910, Adolphe Heliere drowned while swimming during a rest day.  Tour 1935, Francisco Cepeda (Spa) suffered a fractured skull in a fall and died 3 days later.  Tour 1967, Tom Simpson (GBr) fell off his bike at the top of Mont Ventoux and died from the combined effects of heat, alcohol, and amphetamines.

The riders were devastated.  The following day the peloton neutralized the race in tribute to their fallen colleague.  Casartelli’s Motorola teammates rolled to the front and led the peloton across the finish line.  Two days later, Motorola’s Lance Armstrong attacked a small breakaway group and rode solo into Limoges for an emotional stage win.  After the race, Armstrong said “Today, I had the strength of two men.” 

One day before riding into Paris for his fifth straight TdF title, Miguel Indurain put the finishing touch on the race with a 48 second stage win in the Lac de Vassiviere ITT.

A jubilant Miguel “Big Mig” Indurain crossed the finish line in Paris to join the elite group of Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault with five Tour de France victories. 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue ST BRIEUC, 7.3 km ITT

Jacky Durand (Fra)

Jacky Durand (Fra)

Stage 1 DINAN-LANNION, 233 km

Fabio Baldato (Ita)

Jacky Durand (Fra)

Stage 2 PERROS GUIRREC-VITRE, 235 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Laurent Jalabert (Fra)

Stage 3 MAYENNE-ALENCON 67 km Team TT

Gewiss-Ballan

Laurent Jalabert (Fra)

Stage 4 ALENCON-LE HAVRE, 162 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 5 FECAMP-DUNKERQUE, 261 km

Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 6 DUNKERQUE-CHARLEROI (Bel), 202 km

Erik Zabel (Ger)

Bjarne Riis (Den)

Stage 7 CHARLEROI (Bel)-LIEGE (Bel), 203 km

Johan Bruyneel (Bel)

Bruyneel Johan (Bel)

Stage 8 HUY (Bel)-SERAING, 54 km ITT

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 9 LE GRAND BORNAND-LA PLAGNE, 160 km

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 10 AIME LA PLAGNE-L'ALPE D'HUEZ, 162 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 11 BOURG D'OISANS-ST ETIENNE, 199 km

Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 12 ST ETIENNE-MENDE, 222 km

Laurent Jalabert (Fra)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 13 MENDE-REVEL, 245 km

Serguei Outschakov (Ukr)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 14 ST ORENS DE GAMEVILLE-GUZET NEIGE, 164 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 15 ST GIRONS-CAUTERETS/Cretes du Lys, 206 km

Richard Virenque (Fra)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 16 The stage was neutralized in homage to Fabio Casartelli

Stage 17 PAU-BORDEAUX, 146 km

Erik Zabel (Ger)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 18 MONTPON MENESTEROL-LIMOGES, 166 km

Lance Armstrong (USA)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 19 LAC DE VASSIVIERE EN LIMOUSIN, 46 km ITT

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

Stage 20 STE GENEVIEVE.D.BOIS-PARIS/C.Elysees, 155 km

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Uzb)

Miguel Indurain (Spa)

 

POLKA DOT JERSEY

PDJRichard Virenque (Fra)

 

  GREEN POINT'S JERSEY

GJLaurent Jalabert (Fra)

 

TdF July 1-July 23, 1995
3,635 Km

1. Miguel INDURAIN (Spa) 92h 44' 59"

2. Alex Zülle (Sui) +4'35"

3. Bjarne Riis (Den) +6'47"

Starters: 189
Finishers: 115
Average Speed: 39.193 km/h

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