The Tour at Ventoux, 1970-1994
In the 1970s, the Tour passed through Mont-Ventoux on three occasions, with various routes: usually through the north, but also via the Ease.
The 1980s are memorable for riders who participated in the Tour for several consecutive years.
Select the dates of passage of the Tour de France to find out the history:
The 2000s (2000 - 2002 - 2009)
The 70s to the 90s (1970 - 1972 - 1974 - 1987 - 1994)
The 50s and 60s (1951 - 1952 - 1955 - 1958 - 1965 - 1967)
The 80s and 90s
1987 - Sunday 19 July - Carpentras / Mont Ventoux (36,5 km)
After 13 years’ absence, the “Kings of the Road” return to the slopes of Mont The Frenchman Jean-François Bernard enters into the history books by winning this time trial in 1h 19 min 44 sec ahead of the Columbian Lucho Hererra and taking the yellow jersey. He loses it the next day to the Irish rider Stephen Roche, who wins the Tour a week later.
1994 - Monday 18 July - Montpellier / Mont Ventoux / Carpentras (231 km)
This stage is marked by the feats of the Italian Eros Poli. 60 km into the race, he breaks away alone. At the foot of Mont Ventoux, the Venetian, who is far from a climbing specialist, has a 20 minute lead on the peleton. He reaches the summit in the lead, followed 5 minutes later by fellow Italian Marco Pantani. He manages to conserve enough lead on the descent to win the stage at Carpentras.
Miguel Indurain wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994). He will go on to win a fifth (1995) and join the ranks of Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964), Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974), and Bernard Hinault (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985) to form the “magic circle” of riders having won the Tour de France 5 times. Lance Armstrong has since smashed this record with 7 consecutive victories in the Tour.