1995 Tour de France

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1995 Tour de France
Route of the 1995 Tour de France.png
Route of the 1995 Tour de France
Race details
Dates July 1–July 23, 1995
Stages 20+Prologue
Distance 3,547.3 km (2,204 mi)
Winning time 92h 44' 59"[1]
Winner  Miguel Indurain (ESP) (Banesto)
Second  Alex Zülle (SUI) (ONCE)
Third  Bjarne Riis (DEN) (Gewiss–Ballan)

Points  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (ONCE)
Mountains  Richard Virenque (FRA) (Festina–Lotus)
Youth  Marco Pantani (ITA) (Carrera Jeans–Tassoni)

The 1995 Tour de France was the 82nd Tour de France, taking place July 1 to July 23, 1995. It was Miguel Indurain's fifth and final victory in the Tour. On the fifteenth stage Italian rider Fabio Casartelli died after an accident on the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

The points classification was won by Laurent Jalabert, while Richard Virenque won the mountains classification. Marco Pantani won the young rider classification, and ONCE won the team classification.

Lance Armstrong's best finish in the Tour de France went down to his 36th-place finish in 1995, after his results from August 1998 to August 2012, including his seven Tour titles were stripped on October 22, 2012.[2][3]


For a more comprehensive list, see List of teams and cyclists in the 1995 Tour de France.

There were 21 teams in the 1995 Tour de France, each composed of 9 cyclists.[4] The teams were selected in two rounds: in May 1995, the first fifteen teams were announced:[5]

In June, five wildcards were announced:[6]

Shortly before the start, Le Groupement folded because their team leader Luc Leblanc was injured,[7] and because of financial problems. Their spot went to Aki-Gipiemme, the first team in the reserve list.[8] Additionally, the organisation decided to invite one extra team: a combined team of Team Telekom and ZG Mobili, with six riders from Telekom and three from ZG Mobili.[9]

Banesto's Indurain, the winner of the four previous Tours, was the clear favourite for the overall victory. His main challengers were expected to be Rominger from Mapei, Berzin from Gewiss and Zülle from ONCE.[7]


The 1995 Tour de France started on 1 July, and had two rest days, the first at 10 July when the cyclists were transferred from Seraing to Le Grand-Bornand, and the second on 17 July in Saint-Girons.[10]

Stage results[4][11]
Stage Date Route Terrain Length Winner
P 1 July Saint-Brieuc Individual time trial 7.3 km (4.5 mi)  Jacky Durand (FRA)
1 2 July DinanLannion Plain stage 233.5 km (145.1 mi)  Fabio Baldato (ITA)
2 3 July Perros-GuirecVitre Plain stage 235.5 km (146.3 mi)  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
3 4 July MayenneAlençon Team time trial 67.0 km (41.6 mi)  Gewiss–Ballan (ITA)
4 5 July AlençonLe Havre Plain stage 162.0 km (100.7 mi)  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
5 6 July FécampDunkerque Plain stage 261.0 km (162.2 mi)  Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)
6 7 July DunkerqueCharleroi Plain stage 202.0 km (125.5 mi)  Erik Zabel (GER)
7 8 July CharleroiLiège Hilly stage 203.0 km (126.1 mi)  Johan Bruyneel (BEL)
8 9 July HuySeraing Individual time trial 54.0 km (33.6 mi)  Miguel Indurain (ESP)
9 11 July Le Grand-BornandLa Plagne Stage with mountain(s) 160.0 km (99.4 mi)  Alex Zülle (SUI)
10 12 July La PlagneL'Alpe d'Huez Stage with mountain(s) 162.5 km (101.0 mi)  Marco Pantani (ITA)
11 13 July Le Bourg-d'OisansSaint-Étienne Hilly stage 199.0 km (123.7 mi)  Maximilian Sciandri (GBR)
12 14 July Saint-ÉtienneMende Hilly stage 222.5 km (138.3 mi)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
13 15 July MendeRevel Plain stage 245.0 km (152.2 mi)  Serhiy Utchakov (UKR)
14 16 July Saint-Orens-de-GamevilleGuzet-Neige Stage with mountain(s) 164.0 km (101.9 mi)  Marco Pantani (ITA)
15 18 July Saint-GironsCauterets Stage with mountain(s) 206.0 km (128.0 mi)  Richard Virenque (FRA)
16 19 July TarbesPau Stage with mountain(s) 149.0 km (92.6 mi) Cancelled
17 20 July PauBordeaux Plain stage 246.0 km (152.9 mi)  Erik Zabel (GER)
18 21 July Montpon-MénestérolLimoges Plain stage 166.5 km (103.5 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
19 22 July Lac de VassivièreLac de Vassivière Individual time trial 46.5 km (28.9 mi)  Miguel Indurain (ESP)
20 23 July Sainte-Geneviève-des-BoisParis (Champs-Élysées) Plain stage 155.0 km (96.3 mi)  Djamolidine Abduzhaparov (UZB)

Race details[edit]

The first riders in the prologue rode in sunny weather, but then it started to rain, and the riders who started late had to ride on slippery roads. Chris Boardman, a big favourite for the prologue and an outsider for the overall classification, crashed during his ride, was then hit by his team's car, and had to abandon due to injury. The winner of the prologue was Jacky Durand, one of the early starters.[12] Durand stayed in the lead until the third stage, when Laurent Jalabert overtook him due to time bonuses won in intermediate sprints. Jalabert kept the yellow jersey for two stages, losing it due to a crash in the fourth stage. Ivan Gotti, member of the Gewiss-team that had won the team time trial in stage three, became the new leader.[12] A surprising attack from Indurain in stage seven changed the standings. Indurain attacked in the hilly Ardennes, and only Johan Bruyneel was able to follow him. Indurain did all the work, creating a margin of almost one minute, and Bruyneel only followed him, but beat Indurain in the sprint, winning the stage and becoming the new leader.[12] Indurain was now in second place in the general classification, and after winning the time trial in the eighth stage, he became the new leader. His closest rival in the overall classification was Bjarne Riis at 23 seconds, the others were more than two minutes behind.[12]

The Tour then reached the high mountains in stage nine. Zülle escaped, and created a margin of several minutes. Indurain calmly chased him until the final climb, where he sped away from the others. Zülle won the stage and jumped to the second place in the overall classification, but Indurain won minutes on all other cyclists.[12] The tenth stage was again in the high mountains. Pantani, already irrelevant for the overall classification, won the stage; behind him Indurain, Zülle and Riis finished together.[12]

Stage twelve was not expected to be relevant for the general classification. But when Laurent Jalabert attacked early in the stage, this changed. Jalabert was a team mate of second-placed Zülle, and he was sixth in the general classification, more than nine minutes behind Indurain. Jalabert was joined by three other cyclists, of which two team mates. One of them, Melchior Mauri, was in eighth place, and was himself also a threat. The team mates worked together well, and when they were more than ten minutes ahead, Jalabert was the virtual leader. At that moment, Indurain's Banesto team and Riis' Gewiss team started to work together to close the gap. They reduced it to almost six minutes, which meant that Jalabert jumped to third place in the general classification. ONCE now had three cyclists in the top five: Zülle in second place, Jalabert in fourth place and Mauri in fifth place.[12]

The Pyrenées were reached in stage fourteen. Pantani again showed his strengths in the mountains, winning the stage. The other favourites stayed more or less together, so there were no big changes in the general classification.[12]

In the fifteenth stage, Richard Virenque escaped early in the stage, reaching all six tops in the stage first, and won the stage. Behind him, several cyclists crashed on the descent of the Portet d'Aspet, including Fabio Casartelli. Casartelli's head hit a concrete barrier at high speed without wearing a helmet, and was declared dead in the hospital.[12]

Out of respect for Casartelli, the sixteenth stage was raced non-competitively. Casartelli's team mates from Motorola were allowed to cross the finish line first. The eighteenth stage was won by Lance Armstrong, a team mate of Casartelli. Armstrong dedicated this stage victory to Casartelli.[12]

Indurain was still leading firmly, and extended his lead by winning the last time trial.

Classification leadership[edit]

Stage Winner General classification
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Mountains classification
Jersey polkadot.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Young rider classification Team classification
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Combativity award
Jersey red number.svg
P Jacky Durand Jacky Durand Arsenio Gonzalez Jacky Durand Gabriele Colombo Castorama
1 Fabio Baldato François Simon Fabio Baldato
2 Mario Cipollini Laurent Jalabert Djamolidine Abdoujaparov Dirk Baldinger
3 Gewiss-Ballan Gabriele Colombo Gewiss-Ballan
4 Mario Cipollini Ivan Gotti Mario Cipollini Evgeni Berzin
5 Jeroen Blijlevens Dimitri Konyshev
6 Erik Zabel Bjarne Riis Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
7 Johan Bruyneel Johan Bruyneel Richard Virenque Laurent Jalabert
8 Miguel Indurain Miguel Indurain
9 Alex Zülle Marco Pantani ONCE
10 Marco Pantani
11 Max Sciandri
12 Laurent Jalabert
13 Serguei Outschakov
14 Marco Pantani
15 Richard Virenque
17 Erik Zabel
18 Lance Armstrong
19 Miguel Indurain
20 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
Final Miguel Indurain Richard Virenque Laurent Jalabert Marco Pantani ONCE Hernán Buenahora
Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions
Other notes
  • Stage 16 was annulled after Fabio Casartelli died during stage 15. The peloton rode the stage slowly and allowed Casartelli's teammates, riding side-by-side, to cross the finish line first.
  • The white jersey was not awarded between 1989 and 1999 - the white column in this table represents the leader in the youth classification.


There were several classifications in the 1995 Tour de France. 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.[13]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a green jersey. In the points classification, 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.[13]

There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorized 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-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and was identified with a polkadot jersey.[13]

The fourth individual classification was the young rider classification, which was not marked by a jersey. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders under 26 years were eligible.[13]

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.[14]

For the combativity classification, a jury gave points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages lead the classification.

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[4]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto 92h 44' 59"
2  Alex Zülle (SUI) ONCE +4' 35"
3  Bjarne Riis (DEN) Gewiss +6' 47"
4  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE +8' 24"
5  Ivan Gotti (ITA) Gewiss +11' 33"
6  Melchor Mauri (ESP) ONCE +15' 20"
7  Fernando Escartin (ESP) Mapei +15' 49"
8  Toni Rominger (SUI) Mapei +16' 46"
9  Richard Virenque (FRA) Festina +17' 31"
10  Hernán Buenahora (COL) Kelme +18' 50"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[4][15]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE 333
2  Djamolidine Abduzhaparov (UZB) Novell 271
3  Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto 180
4  Bjarne Riis (DEN) Gewiss 175
5  Erik Zabel (GER) Telekom-ZG Mobili 168
6  Giovanni Lombardi (ITA) Polti 144
7  Bo Hamburger (DEN) TVM 103
8  Maximilian Sciandri (GBR) MG-Technogym 102
9  Andrea Ferrigato (ITA) Telekom-ZG Mobili 97
10  Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto 95

Mountain classification[edit]

Final mountain classification (1–10)[4][15]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Richard Virenque (FRA) Festina 438
2  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) Carrera 214
3  Alex Zülle (SUI) ONCE 205
4  Miguel Indurain (ESP) Banesto 198
5  Hernán Buenahora (COL) Kelme 177
6  Marco Pantani (ITA) Carrera 142
7  Laurent Dufaux (SUI) Festina 132
8  Fernando Escartin (ESP) Mapei 121
9  Laurent Brochard (FRA) Festina 104
10  Federico Muñoz (COL) Kelme 101

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)[4][15]
Rank Team Time
1 ONCE 278h 29' 35"
2 Gewiss-Ballan +13' 23"
3 Mapei-GB +55' 53"
4 Festina +1h 17' 05"
5 Carrera +1h 23' 31"
6 Banesto +1h 54' 11"
7 Kelme +2h 01' 09"
8 Castorama +3h 03' 39"
9 Motorola +3h 17' 31"
10 Brescialat +3h 28' 02"

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1–3)[4]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Marco Pantani (ITA) Carrera 93h 11' 19"
2  Bo Hamburger (DEN) TVM +8' 29"
3  Beat Zberg (SUI) Carrera +40' 48"

Combativity classification[edit]

Final combativity classification (1–3)[4]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Hernán Buenahora (COL) Kelme 36
2  Richard Virenque (FRA) Festina 30
3  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE 30


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