Miguel Indurain leads the way in 1995, en route to
his fifth straight Tour championship.
photograph by Bill Frakes
"Only a few times in his life, perhaps never, does a
rider push himself to the absolute limit, or ten-tenths as
I call it. Most of the time you ride pretty close to it,
say at about eight-tenths. Nine is really suffering. But
ten is how you'd ride if to
be caught meant disembowelment or the torture of the hooks,
or to save your mother or your children. It means to ride
so that parts you never think of, such as your liver, your
whole system, refuse to do any more. I've seen men try it.
succeed, but mostly they finish in the ambulance. Usually they
faint and crash at about nine-and-a-half
Hurne, The Yellow