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hwttdz said:In 1999 Jacky Durand would have been on the awards podium in Paris, and was also Lanterne Rouge (combativity). It's pretty easy to find stage winners but a little harder to find the top three of stages. It's not far fetched at all, many of the guys who are in the competition for the sprint stages are also in the running for the lanterne rouge.
hwttdz said:Jacky Durand won the most competitive rider, which put him on the podium. He was also lanterne rouge, sorry if that was unclear.
CerveloFan said:Pierre Matignon, a French rider, won Stage 20 of the 1969 Tour de France (to the Puy-de-Dome) when he was the last-placed rider.
Matignon was competing with another Frenchman, Andre Wilhelm, for the Lanterne Rouge, but after Matignon fell so far behind overall, Wilhelm attacked on Stage 20. After he was caught, Matignon attacked and had a 7:30 lead with 20km to go. Eventually Eddy Merckx joined the chase, and only Raymond Poulidor and Paul Gutty could stay with him.
Matignon won by 1:25, too exhausted to give a victory salute. But Wilhelm ended as the Lanterne Rouge, and Merckx, of course, won the Tour.
This is from the book The Yellow Jersey companion to the Tour de France, edited by Les Woodland, a great book for Tour history. But you can also look at Matignon's wikipedia article for more.