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  Timeline: 1986  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 15, 1986 Milan-San Remo Sean Kelly (Ire) 294 km
April 6, 1986 Tour of Flanders Adri Van der Poel (Bel) 275 km

April 13, 1986

Paris-Roubaix Sean Kelly (Ire) 268 km
April 20, 1986 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Moreno Argentin (Ita) 252 km
April 22-May 13, 1986 Vuelta a Espana Alvaro Pino (Spa) 21 Stages, 3,667 km
May 12-June 2, 1986 Giro d'Italia Roberto Visentini (Ita) 22 Stages, 3,858 km
July 4-July 27, 1986 Tour de France Greg LeMond (USA) 23 Stages, 4,092 km
September 6, 1986 World Championships Moreno Argentin (Ita) Colorado Sp, USA 261 km

October 18, 1986

Giro di Lombardia Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita) Como-Milan, 262 km

•  Chunnel - After several false starts and a century of planning, Great Britain and France announced the final plan to construct a tunnel under the English Channel (see 1994 for completion).

•  Space Race - January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded during takeoff. The disaster was witnessed on live national television.

•  Chernobyl Disaster - April 1986, the Chernobyl-4 nuclear power plant suffered a core meltdown. Design flaws in the plant and human, procedural errors caused the nuclear disaster.

Notable Deaths -
* Giro d'Italia / World Road Race Champion: Alfredo Binda (Ita), 1902-1986, an Italian “Campionissimo”. He won the Giro five time in 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1933. He was a three time World Champion in 1927, 1930, and 1932.

* World Road Race Champion: Hans Knecht (Sui), 1913-1986, the World Champion in 1946.

Georgia O'Keefe, 1887-1987, abstract artist noted for her flowers, skull and bones of the desert, and her vision of the American southwest.

Jacques Plante, 1929-1986, Canadian goaltender who led the Montreal Canadians to 6 of hockey's coveted Stanley Cups .


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