1982 Tour de France
|Stages||21 + Prologue, including one split stage|
|Distance||3,507 km (2,179 mi)|
|Winning time||92h 08' 46"|
The 1982 Tour de France was the 69th edition of the Tour de France, taking place from 2 to 25 July. The total race distance was 22 stages over 3,507 km (2,179 mi). It was won by Bernard Hinault, his fourth victory so far.
In response to the finish of the 1981 Tour de France, French minister of sports Edwige Avice objected to the amount of advertising in the race, and suggested the Tour to return to the national team format. The Tour organisation needed the money brought in by the sponsors, and no changes were made to the team structure.
The Tour organisation decided to start with 17 teams, each with 10 cyclists, for a total of 170, a new record. Tour director Félix Lévitan suggested to reduce the number of cyclists by starting with teams of 9 cyclists, but this was rejected. Teams could submit a request to join until 15 May 1982. To promote cycling in the United States of America, the American national cycling team would automatically be accepted, but the American team made no request.
The teams entering the race were:
- La Redoute–Motobécane
- Capri Sonne–Campagnolo–Merckx
- Splendor–Wickes Bouwmarkt
- Vermeer Thijs
- Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo
- DAF Trucks–TeVe Blad
Hinault, who had won the Tour in 1978, 1979 and 1981, and left the 1980 Tour in leading position, was the clear favourite for the victory. In those other years, Hinault had won several races before the Tour, but in 1982 he had only won one major race, the 1982 Giro d'Italia. Hinault tried to be the fourth cyclist, after Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, to win the Giro-Tour double.
Notable absent was Lucien Van Impe, who was second in the 1981 Tour de France, winning the mountains classification. Since the 1969 Tour de France, Van Impe had started each edition, winning the general classification in the 1976 Tour and the mountains classification five times. Van Impe wanted to join, but his team Metauro was not invited, as the organisation considered it not strong enough to ride both the Giro and the Tour. Van Impe tried to find a team to hire him only for the 1982 Tour, but was not successful.
Even though Joop Zoetemelk was 35 years old and no longer considered a favourite, he still managed to finish in second place, for the sixth time and final time.
Route and stages
The 1982 Tour de France started on 2 July, and had two rest days, in Lille and Martigues. The highest point of elevation in the race was 1,860 m (6,100 ft) at the summit of the Alpe d'Huez climb on stage 16.
|P||2 July||Basel (Switzerland)||7 km (4.3 mi)||Individual time trial||Bernard Hinault (FRA)|
|1||3 July||Basel (Switzerland) to Möhlin (Switzerland)||207 km (129 mi)||Hilly stage||Ludo Peeters (BEL)|
|2||4 July||Basel (Switzerland) to Nancy||250 km (160 mi)||Plain stage||Phil Anderson (AUS)|
|3||5 July||Nancy to Longwy||134 km (83 mi)||Plain stage||Daniel Willems (BEL)|
|4||6 July||Beauraing (Belgium) to Mouscron (Belgium)||219 km (136 mi)||Plain stage||Gerrie Knetemann (NED)|
|5||7 July||Orchies to Fontaine-au-Pire||73 km (45 mi)||Team time trial||Cancelled and replaced by stage 9a|
|6||8 July||Lille||233 km (145 mi)||Plain stage||Jan Raas (NED)|
|9 July||Lille||Rest day|
|7||10 July||Cancale to Concarneau||235 km (146 mi)||Plain stage||Pol Verschuere (BEL)|
|8||11 July||Concarneau to Châteaulin||201 km (125 mi)||Plain stage||Frank Hoste (BEL)|
|9a||12 July||Lorient to Plumelec||69 km (43 mi)||Team time trial||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo|
|9b||Plumelec to Nantes||138 km (86 mi)||Plain stage||Stefan Mutter (SUI)|
|10||13 July||Saintes to Bordeaux||147 km (91 mi)||Plain stage||Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (FRA)|
|11||14 July||Valence d'Agen||57 km (35 mi)||Individual time trial||Gerrie Knetemann (NED)|
|12||15 July||Fleurance to Pau||249 km (155 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Sean Kelly (IRE)|
|13||16 July||Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet||122 km (76 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Beat Breu (SUI)|
|17 July||Martigues||Rest day|
|14||18 July||Martigues||33 km (21 mi)||Individual time trial||Bernard Hinault (FRA)|
|15||19 July||Manosque to Orcières-Merlette||208 km (129 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pascal Simon (FRA)|
|16||20 July||Orcières-Merlette to Alpe d'Huez||123 km (76 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Beat Breu (SUI)|
|17||21 July||Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Morzine||251 km (156 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Peter Winnen (NED)|
|18||22 July||Morzine to Saint-Priest||233 km (145 mi)||Plain stage||Adrie van Houwelingen (NED)|
|19||23 July||Saint-Priest||48 km (30 mi)||Individual time trial||Bernard Hinault (FRA)|
|20||24 July||Sens to Aulnay-sous-Bois||161 km (100 mi)||Plain stage||Daniel Willems (BEL)|
|21||25 July||Fontenay-sous-Bois to Paris (Champs-Élysées)||187 km (116 mi)||Plain stage||Bernard Hinault (FRA)|
|Total||3,507 km (2,179 mi)|
The Prologue was won by Hinault who finished seven seconds faster than Gerrie Knetemann. In stage 1 Ludo Peeters escaped to win the stage by 0:38 over the main field leaving Sean Kelly and Jan Raas to sprint for 2nd place and in conjunction with the time bonus for winning the stage, Peeters moved into the overall lead by 0:14 over Hinault. Stage 2 included a rare climb up the Ballon d’Alsace in northeastern France, which was a popular climb in the 1930s TDF editions, but this was only the 3rd time it had been included in the route since World War II. Bernard Vallet would attack the climb for the KOM points but Phil Anderson would win the stage and for the second year in a row don the Yellow Jersey for at least a day. Vallet moved into 2nd 0:38 behind Anderson as Peeters fell to third and Hinault ended up in 7th nearly a minute down strangely setting the stage for a repeat of the surprise from the year before, when Anderson became a challenger to Hinault in a similar manner to Cyrille Guimard becoming the only realistic challenger to Eddy Merckx during the 1972 Tour de France.
Stage's 3 and 4 were won by Daniel Willems and Gerrie Knetemann who would each win the final two stages of their TDF careers in 1982. In the Points Competition Sean Kelly took command of the Green Jersey having been competitive in the sprints, would not relinquish it the rest of the Tour and due to time bonuses he moved into 2nd place overall. Stage 5 was a TTT that began no different than any other Team Time Trial but during the stage angry ironworkers from the Usinor steel company blocked the road and interrupted the stage to the point it had to be postponed. Stage 6 was won by Raas handily, leaving Jos Jacobs and Pierre La Bigaut to sprint for 2nd five seconds later and Stage 7 was decided in a sprint finish by Pol Verschuere.
Stage 8 was a circuit finish with fifteen laps of a 6 km course planned in the city of Chateaulin. French rider Régis Clère devised a plan to escape the Peloton and arrive in town far ahead of the other riders in an attempt to question whether or not it would be legally within the rules to arrive on the circuit and complete the first lap and then follow in the slipstream of the main field once they arrived on the circuit and coast his way to victory riding at the back of the pack. Unfortunately for Clère, even though at one point he had built up about a ten-minute gap, he would end up getting a flat tire and then suffer a mechanical costing him so much time that the main field would catch him before he reached town and following the laps around the circuit Frank Hoste would end up out sprinting Claude Criquielion and Bruno Leali in a bunch finish.
Stage 9A was the TTT originally scheduled as stage 5 and Tour organizers decided to have the riders actual times only count towards the general classification in the overall team race as individually riders were awarded time bonuses. As a result Anderson remained in the overall lead but due to the strong 2nd place finish of Team Renault-Elf-Gitane Hinault was now in 2nd place just 0:28 off the lead. Winning the stage was the consistently dominant Ti Raleigh-Campagnolo-Merckx squad who caused Kelly, Clére, Willems and Vallet to each drop in the standings as Raleigh now had four riders in the Top 10 overall with Johan Van der Velde being their primary GC contender now sitting in 8th place at 1:53 behind. The originally scheduled Stage 9 was now Stage 9B and was won by Stefan Mutter who crossed the line 0:58 ahead of 2nd place Pierre-Raymond Villemiane and had more than a minute advantage over the main field. In Stage 10 Villemiane would win the stage, besting the likes of Kelly, Raas and Eddy Planckaert by two seconds as the overall situation remained the same going into the ITT prior to the start of high mountain stages in the Pyrenees.
The individual time trial in Stage 11 was won by Gerrie Knetemann who beat Hinault by 0:18. The last time Knetemann had beaten Hinault in a TDF ITT was in the Prologue of the 1979 Tour de France, although since that time Knetemann was among the very few riders able to ride individually at the same level as Hinault having come within 0:30 of The Badger of five occasions and just ten seconds on three occasions. Aside from Hinault out of the 125+ riders still in the Tour at this point only Jan van Houwelingen, Joop Zoetemelk and Daniel Willems finished within 2:30 of Knetemann’s time. Phil Anderson finished more than 3:00 back falling to 3rd place in the overall standings meaning he was now more than 2:00 behind the new overall leader Hinault. The sportswriters were correctly beginning to fear that Hinault was going to run away with his 4th Tour victory as 2nd place Knetemann was not considered an overall threat to the yellow jersey and aside from Anderson in 3rd the only other rider remotely close to Hinault was the now 7th placed Zoetemelk, who might have given Hinault one of his only serious challenges between 1978-1980, but at this point Zoetemelk was pushing 36 years old, was one of the oldest riders in the peloton and admitted, just as he had in his very first Tour back in the 1970 Tour de France against Merckx, that he was up against the greatest rider in the world and was only riding to beat everybody else.
Stage 12 would be the first high mountain and therefore bring clarity to the overall situation, which included a climb of the Col d'Aubisque. Sean Kelly survived with the elite riders and was therefore able to win the stage by out sprinting Anderson and Van de Velde at the finish. Zoetemelk, Vallet and Hinault also came across in good order with Hinault leading 2nd place Anderson by 2:03, Zoetemelk by 4:26 and everybody else by well over 5:00. Stage 13 included the Col d'Aspin and was won by Swiss rider Beat Breu who soloed across the finish ahead of the GC riders by 0:35 starting with Robert Alban in 2nd. Hinault kept Zoetemelk close all day and crossed five seconds ahead of him as Anderson and Van der Velde were each dropped and lost about a minute apiece.
Following the rest day before immediately going to the French Alps was another individual time trial, which this time was won by Bernard Hinault who only had Houwelingen, Vallet, Zoetemelk and Daniel Gisiger finish within a minute of him as he now lead everybody in the overall situation by more than 5:00. Stage 15 was won by Pascal Simon who was just able to stay away from Pierre-Henri Menthéour to take the stage as Hinault, even though he finished outside the top 10 on the stage, now had everyone except for Zoetemelk getting close to, or already beyond a 10:00 deficit. Stage 16 included the famed climb Alp d’Huez and was almost a repeat in the top 5 from stage 13 with Beat Breu winning the day, and Alban, Alberto Fernandez and Raymond Martin being the next riders to cross the finish. Hinault came across comfortably in 5th with Zoetemelk and Peter Winnen accompanying him. Stage 17 was won by Winnen, who moved into 3rd place overall 7:13 behind Hinault who kept Zoetemelk marked all day and lead the elite riders across the line some two and a half minutes after Winnen methodically hammering out the final kilometres in the mountains with his 4th Tour victory in five years all but assured. Also on this stage Bernard Vallet ended up being dropped by the GC favorites and fell out of the top 10 overall, but he had gained enough points in the King of the Mountains competition to assure himself of the victory over Jean-René Bernaudeau meaning as long as he finished the final few stages he would be wearing the Polka Dot Jersey on the podium in Paris.
In stage 18 Adri van Houwelingen won the day by surviving a solo breakaway finishing 10:31 ahead of the rest of the field. Stage 19 was the final time trial of the Tour and without much drama in the air the stage was won by Hinault with Gerrie Knetemann :09 behind him. As a result the final overall standings seemed to be in place with Anderson in 5th, Winnen falling back to 4th, Van der Velde jumping up to 3rd with Hinault and Zoetemelk remaining 1st and 2nd respectively. Stage 20 was a sprint finish won by Daniel Willems and going into the final stage on the Champs Elysees many in the press had accused Hinault of riding a boring race, even though he was about to become a four time Tour de France champion. Hinault responded by risking crashing and getting injured by getting to the front of the pack once the race hit the circuit finish on the Champs Elysees where he was able to out sprint the likes of Yvon Bertin, former Green Jersey winner Rudy Pevenage, a surprising Paul Sherwen, Fons de Wolf and everybody else dreaming of glory to seize the biggest sprinter's stage of them all.
On the final podiums in Paris the Most Combative Rider award went to Régis Clère, the Polka Dot Jersey was won by Bernard Vallet, the Points Competition was won by Sean Kelly, which he would win three more times in his career, the Best Young Rider was won by Phil Anderson ahead of Kim Andersen and Marc Madiot and the Team Competition was won by Coop-Mercier-Mavic. In 3rd place on the overall podium was Johan Van der Velde, in 2nd place for 6th and final time, setting a record that will likely never be equaled was Joop Zoetemelk, who also set a record for his 11th Top 5 finish and joining the likes of Coppi, Anquetil and Merckx by winning the Giro-Tour double was Bernard Hinault.
Classification leadership and minor prizes
There were several classifications in the 1982 Tour de France, four of them awarding jerseys to their leaders. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification is considered the winner of the Tour.
Additionally, there was a points classification, where cyclists got points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and was identified with a green jersey.
There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorised some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reached the top of these climbs first, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and wore a white jersey with red polka dots.
Another classification was the young rider classification. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only cyclists under 24 were eligible, and the leader wore a white jersey.
The fifth individual classification was the intermediate sprints classification. This classification had similar rules as the points classification, but only points were awarded on intermediate sprints. In 1982, this classification had no associated jersey.
For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that led this classification were identified by yellow caps. There was also a team points classification. Cyclists received points according to their finishing position on each stage, with the first rider receiving one point. The first three finishers of each team had their points combined, and the team with the fewest points led the classification. The riders of the team leading this classification wore green caps.
In addition, there was a combativity award given after each mass-start stage to the cyclist considered most combative. The split stages each had a combined winner. The decision was made by a jury composed of journalists who gave points. The cyclist with the most points from votes in all stages led the combativity classification. Régis Clère won this classification, and was given overall the super-combativity award. The Souvenir Henri Desgrange was given in honour of Tour founder Henri Desgrange to the first rider to pass the summit of the Col d'Aubisque on stage 12. This prize was won by Beat Breu.
In the 1981 Tour de France, Urs Freuler, Eddy Planckaert and Walter Planckaert had left the race before the Alps. The Tour organisers did not want this to happen again, so in 1982, cyclists were not allowed to leave the Tour without a good reason. A cyclist that left the Tour unauthorized would lose all the prize money that he won so far, receive a fine, and would not be allowed to join the next year.
|Denotes the winner of the general classification||Denotes the winner of the points classification|
|Denotes the winner of the mountains classification||Denotes the winner of the young rider classification|
|1||Bernard Hinault (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||92h 08' 46"|
|2||Joop Zoetemelk (NED)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||+ 6' 21"|
|3||Johan van der Velde (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||+ 8' 59"|
|4||Peter Winnen (NED)||Capri Sonne–Campagnolo–Merckx||+ 9' 24"|
|5||Phil Anderson (AUS)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||+ 12' 16"|
|6||Beat Breu (SUI)||Cilo–Aufina||+ 13' 21"|
|7||Daniel Willems (BEL)||Sunair–Colnago–Campagnolo||+ 15' 33"|
|8||Raymond Martin (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||+ 15' 35"|
|9||Hennie Kuiper (NED)||DAF Trucks–TeVe Blad||+ 17' 01"|
|10||Alberto Fernández (ESP)||Teka||+ 17' 19"|
|1||Sean Kelly (IRE)||Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo||429|
|2||Bernard Hinault (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||152|
|3||Phil Anderson (AUS)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||149|
|4||Daniel Willems (BEL)||Sunair–Colnago–Campagnolo||143|
|5||Stefan Mutter (SUI)||Puch–Eorotex–Campagnolo||127|
|6||Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (FRA)||Wolber–Spidel||123|
|7||Adri van Houwelingen (NED)||Vermeer Thijs||103|
|8||Johan van der Velde (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||97|
|9||Leo van Vliet (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||80|
|10||Bernard Vallet (FRA)||La Redoute–Motobécane||74|
|1||Bernard Vallet (FRA)||La Redoute–Motobécane||278|
|2||Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||237|
|3||Beat Breu (SUI)||Cilo–Aufina||205|
|4||Bernard Hinault (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||141|
|5||Peter Winnen (NED)||Capri Sonne–Campagnolo–Merckx||113|
|6||Pascal Simon (FRA)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||112|
|7||Robert Alban (FRA)||La Redoute–Motobécane||103|
|8||Marino Lejarreta (ESP)||Teka||86|
|9||Raymond Martin (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||86|
|10||Pierre-Henri Menthéour (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||82|
Young rider classification
|1||Phil Anderson (AUS)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||+ 92h 12' 02"|
|2||Kim Andersen (DEN)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||+ 19' 41"|
|3||Marc Madiot (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||+ 37' 12"|
|4||Gerard Veldscholten (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||+ 39' 14"|
|5||Jean-François Chaurin (FRA)||Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo||+ 53' 41"|
|6||Pascal Poisson (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||+ 56' 08"|
|7||Pierre-Henri Menthéour (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||+ 58' 31"|
|8||Ad Wijnands (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||+ 1h 01' 06"|
|9||Pierre Le Bigaut (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||+ 1h 10' 44"|
|10||Ludo De Keulenaer (BEL)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||+ 1h 12' 39"|
|1||Bernard Hinault (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||11|
|2||Sean Kelly (IRE)||Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo||5|
|3||Bernard Vallet (FRA)||La Redoute–Motobécane||5|
|4||Phil Anderson (AUS)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||4|
|5||Beat Breu (SUI)||Cilo–Aufina||4|
|6||Joop Zoetemelk (NED)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||4|
|7||Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||3|
|8||Johan van der Velde (NED)||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||3|
|9||Peter Winnen (NED)||Capri Sonne–Campagnolo–Merckx||3|
|10||Daniel Willems (BEL)||Sunair–Colnago–Campagnolo||2|
Intermediate sprints classification
|1||Sean Kelly (IRE)||Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo||187|
|2||Phil Anderson (AUS)||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||87|
|3||Daniel Willems (BEL)||Sunair–Colnago–Campagnolo||80|
|4||Pierre-Henri Menthéour (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||62|
|5||Bernard Hinault (FRA)||Renault–Elf–Gitane||58|
|6||Régis Clère (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||40|
|7||Hennie Kuiper (NED)||DAF Trucks–TeVe Blad||35|
|8||Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (FRA)||Wolber–Spidel||33|
|9||Adri van Houwelingen (NED)||Vermeer Thijs||32|
|10||Jacques Michaud (FRA)||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||32|
|1||COOP–Mercier–Mavic||377h 25' 33"|
|2||Renault–Elf–Gitane||+ 14' 01"|
|3||Peugeot–Shell–Michelin||+ 26' 46"|
|4||TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo||+ 55' 33"|
|5||La Redoute–Motobécane||+ 1h 15' 21"|
|6||Capri Sonne–Campagnolo–Merckx||+ 1h 43' 41"|
|7||DAF Trucks–TeVe Blad||+1h 52' 51"|
|8||Sem–France Loire–Campagnolo||+1h 53' 57"|
|9||Wolber–Spidel||+2h 03' 07"|
|10||Teka||+2h 55' 54"|
Team points classification
|9||DAF Trucks–TeVe Blad||1869|
During the 1982 Tour de France, the Tour organisation was impressed by the global audience that the 1982 FIFA World Cup reached, and they made plans to develop the Tour into a World Cup format, run every four years, where teams from all over the earth would compete against each other. The main part of the race would be in France, but more other countries would be visited; it was discussed to start the Tour in New York.
The 1983 Tour de France was still run in the familiar format in France, but it was open to amateur teams, although only one Colombian accepted the invitation.
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