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Tour de France Timeline: 1999-1982

Updated: Wednesday July 03, 2002 10:25 AM

2001-1982 | 1981-1966 | 1965-1950 | 1949-1934 | 1933-1919 | 1918-1903
2001
Armstrong's memorable climb to L'Alpe d'Huez, when he bluffed pain before pulling away at a staggering pace, left main rival Ullrich behind and after stretching his advantage in the Pyrenees the American claimed his third straight win.
2000
Armstrong won back-to-back Tour titles by combining dominance in the mountains with time trialling opportunism, cruising through the final stage into Paris ahead of a strong field that included Jan Ullrich and Marco Pantani.
1999
In one of the biggest comeback stories in sports, cancer survivor Lance Armstrong won the race, becoming the first American victor since Greg LeMond in 1990 to win the Tour.
1998
Marco Pantani became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Felice Gimondi won it in 1965. However, a drug scandal and sit-down strikes tarnished "Il Pirata's" moment in the spotlight.
1997
Germany's golden boy, Ullrich, races to victory, becoming the first German to ever win the tour. Uzbekistan's Dshamolidin Abdushparov becomes the first rider to be disqualified from the tour for taking banned substances.
1996
Indurain's legs apparently give out on him as he finishes the tour in 10th place and announces his retirement shortly thereafter. Bjarne Riis of Denmark wins, while in his first tour appearance Jan Ullrich of Germany finishes second.
1995
Italy's Fabio Casartelli dies after crashing into a stone marker at the side of the road while descending the Col de Portet d'Aspet.
1991
In his seventh tour appearance, Miguel Indurain of Spain finally wins. Indurain goes on to dominate the tour in the '90s, becoming the first cyclist in the history of the race to win five consecutive tours.
1989
LeMond solidifies his place in the annuals of cycling history, outdueling Laurent Fignon of France between Versailles and Paris. LeMond wins by a mere eight seconds for the second of his three tour wins.
1988
Pedro Delgado of Spain records the fastest time for a tour in 84:27:53.
1986
Greg LeMond becomes the first American to win the tour.
1999-1982 | 1981-1966 | 1965-1950 | 1949-1934 | 1933-1919 | 1918-1903

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