Trek 500 Kid
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: '83 Trek 970 road --- '86 Trek 500 road
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Originally Posted by chasm54
Well, I don't know what you call "modern" but both Hinault and Fignon also won first time out, and LeMond podiumed on his first two starts before winning his third. FWIW, I don't think the modern era is any more competitive than the fifties, sixties, seventies. Back then in various continental European countries cycling had a similar status to boxing in the States - it was a route out of poverty for a lot of working-class kids. There was fierce competition.
None of that detracts from Quintana, he did very well. Good to watch, too.
Wow I didn't realize that about Hinault and Fignon and forgot about Lemond.....Not unusual for me to forget stuff anymore, lol. And having read Anquetil's bio I know there were some hungry competitors then for sure. I think, as in some other sports, the hungrier cyclists are often going to be coming from places like Colombia and the former Soviet Republics now.
I've been a lot more attentive to the stateside scene since about 1978 or so until more Americans were involved in Europe in the mid to late '80s. So thanks for the info.
Last edited by Zinger; 07-20-13 at 05:37 PM.