- Mar 17, 2009
Fignon was a second year pro when he won the Tour, having ridden shotgun to Hinault in the Vuelta as he shredded the peleton. Too bad he stuffed his knee in the process or Fignon wouldn't have been leading Renault.dancing on pedals said:oh not so sure about that, I would argue that the classic route was track, one day and then the Grand Tours - merckx, kelly,pellissier, all seem to take that route.
even so called revelations in their tour debut - like ullrich, had a rich track and one day palamares in their bag as young amateurs.
guess the exception would be fignon, who i think won the criterium international before winning Fleche Azurenne around 1982.
I would argue that class one day riders as youngsters may learn the arts of cycling and eventually win grand tours. Historically this seems to be the case.
To every rule there is an exception, Spain is very Tour oriented and riders from there can be placed in a different box.
Thanks to the great picture of Bugno on his Bianchi, inspiring.
Not to sure on the geometry of the Massi bike, but thanks too!
Lemond destroyed the field in the 82 Tour de L'Avenir before going on to win the 83 Dauhine, Worlds and Superprestige Pernod. In 84 he finished 3rd and best young rider at his first attempt.
Hinault also won the Dauphine but in his first season, he then went on to win his first Tour at his first atempt.
Merckx turned pro for Solo in 65 but switched to Peugeot for 66. There he was riding for the reigning World Champion Tom Simpson. He won he Tour at his first attempt having won the Giro the previous year. His debut Giro saw him finish 9th.
Anquetil turned pro at 19 for La Perle but had 2 years National Service to do so didn't really race that much until 56. By 57 he'd won Paris-Nice, the Tour and his 5th GP des Nations. He'd go on to win the Giro two years later as well as 4 more Tours in a row from 61.
Kelly was a winner of Lombardia & LBL on multiple occasions. His one GT win was in the Vuelta which was a very different race in the 80's. He did also win a small race in the south of France 7 times in a row too!
Have you got a link to Ullrich's track career because I can't find anything about him as an amateur bar the Oslo WC in 93 and East German Points Race titles? Points race is ideally suited to a roadman's make-up so is unsurprising. I fhe was a Kilo rider or Match Sprinter it would be odd.
Plus what on earth has Pélissier got to do with this? He did come second in his first Tour but had to wait a few years to ride again as WW1 stopped play.
So basically that shoots gaping holes in your theory IMO.