I meant to say the last 40 years. A quick wiki check of history shows the french
had a lot of reason to be jealous of american riders winning their race.
From 1977 to 1985 france dominated the yellow jersey winning every year but one.
Lemond should have won in 85, but french rider Bernard Hinault wouldn't let him due to team rules.
Greg L. won the next year over french rider Laurent Fignon by 8 seconds on the last day!
Fignon had already won twice, but wiki says he admitted using amphetamines and steroids(cortizone)
on his death bed. Hinault still runs the tour and his legs were like an elephant. Thick!
If Lemond didn't get shot in a hunting accident he would have won lot more than 3 tours.
Then eventually Armstrong comes along and breaks all the records.
Amazingly saved from race ending crashes seven years straight!
If that doesn't make them jealous I don't know what could.
Then Floyd Landis comes along and dominates the end of the next race
only to test positive for cortizone? We are lucky they even let americans
in that race after all that. Most of france respects Armstrong doping or not.
So basically no french rider has won since drug testing started.
Edited by kikkenit2, 17 October 2012 - 11:05 PM.