This past weekend I had to clear up my study to make space for a guest that will be staying with us in the very near future. So as I was cleaning out the room, I came across an old box of photos. Mostly of the family, but there were a few from my racing days as a youngster. The one’s that brought back the most memories were those of my first visit to France (at the age of 13) and my first experience of the Tour De France.

So, here are some pics of what I saw there and of the guys we like to watch and aspire to be like. Enjoy!

One of the most remarkable stages of modern history of the Tour. Claudio Chiappucci took off before the race left France and soloed to a glorious victory at Sestriere high in the Italian Alps. We were standing a few meters short of the 3km mark

One of the most remarkable stages of modern history of the Tour. Claudio Chiappucci took off before the race left France and soloed to a glorious victory at Sestriere high in the Italian Alps. We were standing a few meters short of the 3km mark

Miguel Indurain is second rider up Sestriere. Miguel took the yellow jersey away from Pascal Lino on this stage. He went on to take overall honours in the Tour

Miguel Indurain is second rider up Sestriere. Miguel took the yellow jersey away from Pascal Lino on this stage. He went on to take overall honours in the Tour

One of my favourite pics - Laurent Fignon climbing his way up Sestriere and there I am cheering him on (2nd from the right in th white t-shirt)

One of my favourite pics - Laurent Fignon climbing his way up Sestriere and there I am cheering him on (2nd from the right in the white t-shirt)

Standing at the monument to Henri Desgrange, instigator and first director of the Tour de France, near the summit of the Col du Galibier

Standing at the monument to Henri Desgrange, instigator and first director of the Tour de France, near the summit of the Col du Galibier

Spectators lining the road up Alp d'Huez

Spectators lining the road up Alp d'Huez

Andy Hamspten making his way to taking the stage win on Alp d'Huez

Andy Hamspten making his way to taking the stage win on Alp d'Huez

Followed in hot pursuit by Indurain and Chiappucci

Followed in hot pursuit by Indurain and Chiappucci

World Road Champion Gianni Bugno being paced by team mate. (Not much space on the road going up for bicycles, cars and people)

World Road Champion Gianni Bugno being paced by team mate. (Not much space on the road going up for bicycles, cars and people)

All time favourite Laurent Jalabert

All time favourite Laurent Jalabert

Former green jersey winner, Sean Kelly

Former green jersey winner, Sean Kelly

At the stage finish in Tours. Thierry Marie took the stage win that day. Miguel on his way to receive another yellow jersey

At the stage finish in Tours. Thierry Marie took the stage win that day. Miguel on his way to receive another yellow jersey

Claudio Chiappucci following the finish in Tours

Claudio Chiappucci following the finish in Tours

A glimpse of Laurent Jalabert at the Tours stage finish

A glimpse of Laurent Jalabert at the Tours stage finish

Best picture! Me and Laurent Jalabert

Best picture! Me and Laurent Jalabert

Well, that’s all for now. I’d be happy to see more pics from the ’92 Tour. So if you have any, please let me know where I can go and see them.

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Comments
  1. ken mills says:

    This bike must be really hard to ride with no pedals !!!

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