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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31836648 Greg Lemond makes a sports movie in real life Greg+Lemond+makes+a+sports+movie+in+real+life Other

Former superstar who is down on his luck? Got it. Gutsy performance that looks like it won’t quite be enough? Yep. Dramatic and improbable finish? Boom. You’ve just watched every sports movie ever, or the 1989 Tour de France.

 

Lemond was the first American to win the Tour de France, but in 1987 he got all busted up in a hunting accident and things didn’t look good. Nobody expected him to be a serious contender in 1989. But he did well in the time trials and he sucked it up on the hills and there he was in second place. But at 50 seconds behind Frenchman Laurent Fignon, it was going to take the fastest time trial in history to catch Fignon, and there was just no way Lemond was capable of something like that at that moment, right?

 

Au contraire!

 

Lemond caught up, and then blew by Fignon, recording the fastest time trial ever.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31836647 Armstrong flashes “The Look” Armstrong+flashes+%26ldquo%3BThe+Look%26rdquo%3B Other

Oh, look, it’s America’s buddy Lance Armstrong again. It wouldn’t be right to not mention how Lance Armstrong had seven Tour de France titles taken away from him for doping, but, man, the guy did have a way of making things look cool.

 

Such was the case in 2001 when Armstrong, in his prime, pulled a “rope-a-dope” on the competition and then rubbed it in their faces. He was fading, it looked like. Struggling. And then came the last big climb, and here came Armstrong blowing everybody away. And when he passed them, he turned around and gave them what is now known as “The Look.” A look that said, “Got you again, suckers.”

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837523 The yellow jersey is introduced The+yellow+jersey+is+introduced Other

Covering a three-week cycling race could be a real pain in the neck for a 20th century newspaper reporter. Without any helpful hints, it just looks like a whole bunch of guys riding in a fast parade.

 

Press people are known for their griping anyway, so it is no surprise that they hounded race officials to have whoever was leading the race wear a yellow jersey to help everyone keep track. The tradition started in 1919.
 

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837522 Rene Vietto becomes the ultimate teammate Rene+Vietto+becomes+the+ultimate+teammate Other

Rene Vietto’s job in the 1934 Tour de France was to do all he could to make sure Antonin Magne won it. Magne was a legend in cycling at the time, and Vietto (pictured, in front) was what they called a “domestique,” which is basically a guy that rides the race alongside a teammate for the purpose of assisting that teammate if he has mechanical trouble or needs a banana or whatever.

 

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Vietto turned out to be one of the top climbers in the race. He won four stages and was threatening to upstage his famous teammate until Magne messed up his front wheel in a crash.

 

And that’s when Rene Vietto did it. He turned around and he gave his wheel to Magne. His race was over.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837521 Macro Pantani breaks a record Macro+Pantani+breaks+a+record Other

How many records set in 1997 still stand today? Well, that’s a ridiculous question with an unknowable answer. But Marco Pantani’s record does survive.

 

Pantani climbed the notorious Alpe de Huez — a 13.8-kilometer stretch with an average incline of 7.9 percent — in 37:35 in 1997, and nobody has done it faster since. And we know what you’re thinking: How crazy that with all the doping in cycling over the last 10-20 years that a record like that could still stand.

 

Yeah, well, by 1999 his career was over on account of a series of doping accusations.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837520 The tour embraces the dramatic with the Champs-Elysees finish The+tour+embraces+the+dramatic+with+the+Champs-Elysees+finish Other

For spectactors — and, really, isn’t that who professional sports are for? — 1975 was a landmark year in Tour de France history, because it was the first year the Tour ended on the beautiful and historic Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris. Belgian sprinter Walter Godefroot (pictured above) won the stage in its inaugural year.

 

To make it even better, the lovely scenery is only a background to an intense final sprint portion of the race.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837518 Colombian. National. Team. Colombian.+National.+Team.+ Other

It’s the '80s, and Colombia is known for one thing: Cocaine, soccer and Pablo Escobar (if you don’t understand how those three things are really just one thing, check out Pablo’s Wikipedia page).

 

But lo, a cycling team doth emerge! Though 1984 was only the second year the Colombian national team had been invited to the Tour de France, it proved a worthy combatant as Luis Herrera (pictured) won a stage. He was the first South American to do so.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837519 Lance Armstrong rides his bike through a field Lance+Armstrong+rides+his+bike+through+a+field Other

For obvious reasons, attaching Armstrong’s name to any sort of cycling honor is controversial, no matter how informal the honor may be (in this case: quite). But this was less an achievement than a sight gag.

 

Just as Armstrong entered a big turn late in the 2003 race, there was a crash in front of him. So you know what he did? He just off-roaded that whip, plowing through a field, and came out on the other side with the lead.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837533 Pascal Simon breaks a bone, keeps racing Pascal+Simon+breaks+a+bone%2C+keeps+racing Other

Pascal Simon crashed and broke his shoulder blade in the 1983 Tour. Race over, obviously, and what a bummer it was, because he happened to be leading at the time.

 

Except that Simon didn’t quit. He continued to compete in an athletic event even though he had a broken bone in his back. And then he … no, no he did not win it. Come on. A guy winning the Tour de France with a broken back would make it higher in this list than that.

 

Simon did, however, race for five more days under this condition before dropping out.

 

That is not Simon pictured. Here is what he looks like.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31837532 Random dude wins Tour de France Random+dude+wins+Tour+de+France Other

It is 1956 and Roger Walkowiak is a cyclist. A good cyclist. Well, the best cyclist, as it turns out. When the 1956 Tour de France began, Walkowiak was more than just “some dude,” but barely. He was riding for a French regional team — as a last-minute replacement for a guy who got called up to the national team.

 

Soon, though, he became “Walko” in the headlines and not long after he became Tour de France champion.

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Other 198 43 Tour de France: 10 of the greatest, wackiest moments ever 31838673 Tres bien! Tres+bien%21 Other

The Tour de France is back! With the race beginning Saturday, our Tully Corcoran has combed through the annals of the event's history to pull out 10 of the greatest, wildest, most significant moments ever. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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