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Which was the greatest Tour ever?(4 posts)

Which was the greatest Tour ever?MXL02
Jul 18, 2003 2:28 PM
Watching this Tour turn into such a slug fest has been truly exciting...I literally find work a distraction and can't wait for each day of racing. The constant jabs at Lance, his seeming inability to hit back with authority for the first time in a long time, the Beloki crash, JU's comeback, etc. Since I am a relative new comer to following the Tour, I was wondering how it rated to previous races. I only have last year to compare it to, and this year is way beyond that. So this question is to you old timers and Tour historians: If this Tour continues with the same level of intensity and drama, how would you rate it?
Lance's 2nd or Greg's 89 comeback win (8 secs.)Shockee
Jul 18, 2003 4:25 PM
Tight GC Tours make for the most drama. This year could prove the best ever. 2000 was great as LA duelled with Ullrich and Pantani. 1999 was not so exciting as much of the field was split up on GC by a major pileup early in the race.
re: Which was the greatest Tour ever?flying
Jul 18, 2003 6:14 PM
I really liked the duel between Roche & Delgado I think it was 92 but I can't remember.
Anyway Delgado finally dumps him on a climb at La Plague & crosses the finish only to see a figure in the distance coming up......It cant be? But it is Roche who collapses at the finish but makes the time only 22 sec difference .
Anyway Roche won the Giro that year too after much controversy because his team mate Vicentini was suppose to be leader but Roche beat him by 6 minutes in a stage & took over the lead. They say Roche had top eat pancakes at the Giro cause that is all they could slide under his locked bedroom door. The crowds booed him & tried to spit on him etc.So he won the Giro TDF & the world championships all in the same year. I think only Merckx had done that.

Also of course the year Lemond 1st brought out the TT bars & beat Fignon by 8 sec in the final TT was great too.
Ullrich vs. Pantani 1998il sogno
Jul 18, 2003 11:54 PM
My personal favorite in recent years was the '98 Tour. Ullrich had just won the '97 Tour and was the crown prince of cycling. Pantani, the court jester showed up on the scene and demolished Ullrich in the freezing rain on the stage to Les Deux Alpes. Ullrich limped in on Bjarne Riis' wheel having lost 9 minutes in one day. Doping scandals, riders protesting, and a battle in the mountains of biblical proportions. Perhaps this year's race will be as exciting.