Tour de France 1989 : 1st place + 3 stages

In 1989 Greg didn't start as a favorite in the Tour de France. That year he was riding for the Belgian ADR team and he was working on his comeback after his hunting accident in 1987 and a unlucky season at PDM in 1988.

In the Tour Greg started with a good prologue in Luxemburg. Still nobody was thinking he could finish on the podium in Paris. After one week the riders had their first time trial from Dinard to Rennes. In bad weather conditions and using a new thriatlon handlebar, Greg surprised the world by a victory and the yellow jersey. Now the main question was if he could survive the mountains. The first day in de Pyrenees was good and gave him confidence. The second day to Superbagnères became a difficult day. Even Fignon was left behind on the first climbs but helped by a car he came back. At the final climb Fignon attacked, LeMond tried to follow but then was on the end of his forces and had to let Fignon go. Laurent Fignon took the yellow jersey back from Greg. Six days later LeMond took time back on Fignon in the uphill time trial to Orcieres Merlette and wore the yellow jersey again. One day later to Briancon LeMond again gained time on the last climb to the citadelle. Then there was the clash on Alpe d'Huez. Both LeMond and Fignon started attacking during the first 5 kilometers. Then at 3 km from the finish Fignon attacked and Greg couldn't follow anymore. Fignon in yellow attacked the following day to Villard the Lans and took more time on LeMond. He now had 50 second lead to Greg with just 1 time trial of 24 km to go in Paris. Greg won another stage in Aix Les Bains in a sprint with a group containing all the leaders of this Tour. But then on the final day Greg did something nobody expected him to do. He won the time trial in Paris and beated Fignon with 58 seconds which meant that Greg won the Tour by 8 seconds. This Tour was the most exiting one in its history. The winner ... Greg LeMond, comming back from nowhere.

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