1989 - The greatest Tour de France ever

The final podium of the 1989 Tour de France - Fignon forces a smile
(Image credit: Cor Vos)

Well over 20 years ago, the most exciting Tour in history had cycling fans enthralled. It had everything - a brilliant route, drama, attacking riding and an unpredictable two-way battle which swung backwards and forwards from the Grand Départ in Luxembourg, all the way to the final metres of the Champs Elysées. Greg LeMond's final eight second victory over Laurent Fignon remains the closest margin in the event's history.

The Cycle Sport August 2009 issue celebrated the anniversary of this greatest of all Tours with a special 20-page feature. There were interviews with the protagonists, an extract from runner-up Laurent Fignon's new book, unseen pictures, eyewitness accounts from journalists who saw it first hand and a special bonus feature by award-winning journalist Paul Kimmage, whose retirement as a professional cyclist came during that Tour. You can read the full feature here>>

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).