An early escape turned the 1990 Tour de France into a three-week game of catch-up for reigning champion Greg LeMond. Would he repeat the previous year's victory, or had he left it too late? Cycle Sport spoke to all the chief protagonists to piece together the story of one of the most dramatic races of all time.

Words by Lionel Birnie
Photography by Graham Watson

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.