1991 Tour de France
The 78th Tour de France took place from 6 to 28 July in 1991 and took the riders on 21 stages over 3914 km. It was attended by 198 racers participated in the tour, which were classified by 158. Miguel Indurain won his first of five victories.
The Dane Rolf Sørensen was able to celebrate a few days in the leader position in the first week tour, but then different from a fall in management of lying.
Thierry Marie, who won the prologue itself, tore during the fifth stage of early and won after a solo flight over 234 km in Le Havre. The nearly two -minute lead, which he had at the finish, gave him also the yellow jersey, but that he could defend only two days before it won last year's winner Greg Lemond in the seven stage time trial.
The time trial, which the eventual winner Miguel Indurain won from Spain, Lemond brought even in the leader position, a few days later in the Pyrenees on the stage to Val Louron he could not longer follow Claudio Chiappucci and Indurain at the Col du Tourmalet and consisted over seven minutes behind a. Indurain left Chiappucci victory on the day, but slipped himself into the yellow jersey and defended the lead up to Paris. He extended his lead even more, as if he could also opt for the second time trial later. Overall Indurain reached an average speed of 38.747 km / h
The Uzbek Dschamolidin Abduschaparov, who previously could already celebrate two stage wins, rushed at the last sprint to the Avenue des Champs- Élysées hard, but he still won the green jersey. In the mountains classification, Claudio Chiappucci won against Thierry Claveyrolat.
The Dutch team PDM Concorde took their drivers after the stage to Saint -Herblain officially out of the race due to illness, but there was widespread doping speculation.
All teams and drivers
A: task during the stage, NA: non-runner to stage, S: Suspended / excluded timeouts: timeout