on 16 October 2013
1982 Tour de France Bernard HINAULT
Original Photograph (7”x9”)
The Badger Rides Into Yellow Stage 11 of the 1982 Tour de France, a 57.3 km ITT in Valence d’Agen, was the turning point for Bernard Hinault’s Tour. It was on this stage that he retook the race lead for good.
The media accused Hinault of riding a boring race and as the race continued the criticism increased. Hinault clearly did not take this criticism lightly. Although with each passing day he had the overall victory more and more in his pocket, he did not rest on his laurels and quietly parade into Paris on the last day of the Tour. Instead, he rode into Paris determined to silence his critics. He put his stamp of authority by winning the “ultimate sprinters stage”!