Sports fans love comparisons. Baseball is famous for its obsession with statistics (“The most successful left-handed pitcher throwing against a Chicago team on a Tuesday evening...”) and certainly all sports have record-holders. Pro cycling defies easy comparison of its stars. Can we figure out who was truly The Greatest of All Time?
As Julian Alaphilippe prepares to defend his maillot jaune in the first mountain stage of le Tour, it’s 10 years since we lost another man who not only wore that beautiful jersey but won it outright twice in 1983 and 1984. Monsieur Laurent Fignon.
I’m sure PEZ readers around the world are all familiar with Greg LeMond’s epic ride on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 23, 1989 to snatch victory from Laurent Fignon and win the Tour de France by a mere 8 seconds. I can still remember watching it on TV. And I still have on VHS (as well as functioning VHS tape recorder!) The 1989 Tour de France: Greg LeMond’s Incredible Comeback!