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B is for Battle: Fignon vs LeMond in ’89

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June 7, 2016 – In the days leading to the July 2 Grand Départ of the 2016 Tour de France (#TDF2016), #pelotonshorts presents a daily countdown in an A-to-Z series of images and words that capture the countless emotions that course through the world’s biggest bike race.

#PelotonShorts by John Wilcockson/Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

For the letter B, we’ve chosen the amazing 1989 BATTLE between Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond that ended with the American winning the Tour by the smallest margin in Tour history: eight seconds.

Here, Fignon is on the attack on the stage 9 finish toward Le Cambasque above Cauterets in the Pyrénées—where LeMond kept his yellow jersey on the day by five seconds over Fignon.

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