Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Miami, FL
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Here is sort of a fun story about the helicopter. Franceso Moser, a great Italian cyclist whom won Paris-Roubaix 3 times, and some TDF stages, really wanted a win in his home grand tour, the Giro d'Italia. The only problem was that Moser was more of a 1 day rider rather then someone with the firepower for a 3 week race.
So in 1984, when he had his one chance to win the Giro, the helicopter went in low and behind him to give him a little bit of a push in the time trial. When Fignon was on coarse for his time trial, the helicopter went in low and in front of Fignon, giving him additional wind to have to deal with. And that is the story I've heard on how Moser was finally able to win the Giro. Andy Hampsten, winner of the Giro in 1988, and still the only American to have won the Giro, is among the people who tell this story of Moser getting a 'draft' from the helicopter.
Here is a link to a story on the 1984 Giro, and some of the other 'tricks' Fignon accused the Italians of using to help their man Moser win.: http://cyclingart.blogspot.com/2009/...vs-fignon.html
Last edited by SouthFLpix; 05-29-11 at 12:47 PM.