42x16ss said:I'm probably wrong but weren't Bahamontes and Poulidor fairly tall?
Better examples are climbers as Johan vd Velde and Robert Alban. But if we look at winners it's certainly extremely rare to have long guys, but it's also extremely rare that pure climbers won a TdF. The TdF was usually won by the more athletic strong guys.
I think the first really big winner would be Felice gimondi, but I have no length. He sure looks bigger than even Merckx, but that's just a guess. I certainly wouldn't dare to claim an exact length from a picture.
But something to add which isn't mentioned; They used huge gears, something we don't do anymore. And no, I don't think choosing high gear is due to Epo, it's just much better to keep cadence over 80.
So keep in mind that a Lemond probably would go significantly faster with current gears. Especially since guys as Anuetil, Hinault and Lemond pretty much did the sitting climb as much as possible, which is well suited for higher cadence.