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Timeline: 1981

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 21, 1981 Milan-San Remo Alfons de Wolf (Bel) 288 km
April 5, 1981 Tour of Flanders Hennie Kuiper (Hol) 267 km
April 12, 1981 Paris-Roubaix Bernard Hinault (Fra) 263 km
April 19, 1981 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Josef Fuchs (Sui) 244 km
April 21-May 10, 1981 Vuelta a Espana Giovanni Battaglin (Ita) 19 Stages, 3,446 km
May 13-June 7, 1981 Giro d'Italia Giovanni Battaglin (Ita) 22 Stages, 3,895 km
June 25-July 19, 1981 Tour de France Bernard Hinault (Fra) 22 Stages, 3,808 km
August 30, 1981 World Championships Freddy Maertens (Bel) Prague, Czecheslovakia 281 km

October 17, 1981

Giro di Lombardia Hennie Kuiper (Hol) Milan-Como, 259 km

•  USA - January 1981, 52 American hostages are released by Iran after 14 months of captivity.

•  Great Britain - July 29, 1981, Prince Charles, 32, married Lady Diana Frances Spencer, 20, at Westminster Abbey in London. Over 750 million people worldwide watched the event.

•  Assassination Attempts - March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. fired several shots at President Ronald Regan. May 13, 1981 , Pope John Paul 11 was shot and nearly killed by a Turkish gunman as he entered St. Peters Square.

•  France - Francois Mitterrand is elected President of France.

•  AIDS - the first cases of AIDS are reported.

Notable Deaths -
* Vuelta a Espana Champion: Antonio Suarez (Spa), 1932-1981, the Vuelta Champion in 1959.

Anwar Sadat, 1918-1981, the Egyptian leader, whose peace effort won him the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated by Muslim extremists at an October 6, 1981 military parade.

 

 

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