The history of the Tour de France

Year 1992


  • New faces from a new generation marked the opening week of the Tour. Switzerland's Alex Zülle grabbed the yellow jersey, then Richard Virenque and Pascal Lino followed. Laurent Jalabert won a stage and eventually his first green points jersey. But at the Luxembourg time trial, Miguel Indurain put all suspense to rest. Flooring his competition and leaving challengers like Greg LeMond, Gianni Bugno and Erik Breukink between three and six minutes behind, the Spaniard showed he was the strongest. Finally in the Alps, he took over the yellow jersey for good and rolled to his second Tour title.

  • Unbeaten in time trials, Miguel Indurain rides the 64 kilometers from Tours to Blois at an average of 52,349 km/h. In the Alps, Italy's Claudio Chiappucci again showed that a lot of heart can go along way. Attacking early on the stage from Saint-Gervais to Sestrières, few thought he would last. But as the Italian raced across his country's border and towards the finish, the critics were silenced, and Chiappucci concluded one of the most dramatic stage victories in modern Tour history. The next day he again finished with the top Tour contenders on Alpe d'Huez, and when the race returned to Paris, Chiappucci finished in second place.

  • Philippe Louviot tries a new Mavic electric derailleur. Miguel Indurain and the Banesto team win 2.6 million Francs. Last rider: Quevado (130th), 4 hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds behind.

  • The second consecutive victory of a Spanish rider, the first in the history of the Tour. First Tour start in Spain(San Sebastian); Tour visits most of it's neighboring countries in celebration of the European Community.

  • War is declared in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Prince Charles and Princess Diana separate; Frederik de Klerk is elected president of South Africa; Marlene Dietrich dies.

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