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 70s

1970 - Friday 10 July - Gap / Mont Ventoux


Approaching the Ventoux, Cyrille Guimard, Labourdette Bernard, Jean-Pierre Danguillaume and Giancarlo Polidori escape, but were caught quickly in the early grades. Eddy Merckx goes then only to climb for the first time the Ventoux. 3 km from the summit, the lead decreases rapidly, but, drawing on its ultimate strength, he manages to maintain less than a minute ahead.
On the finish line, the Belgian champion collapses suffered discomfort due to physical exhaustion. Eddy Merckx won this year his second Tour de France.



1972 - Thursday 13 July - Carnon Plage / Mont Ventoux


For the second time in its history, the Tour approaches the Ventoux with its north face, but this time for a summit finish. Three riders escape from the slopes: Luis Ocaña, Eddy Merckx and Raymond Poulidor.


At the height of the "combe de la Loubatière", the French Bernard Thevenet up behind a trio and joined them before releasing them to go win the summit of Mount Ventoux, beating Eddy Merckx and Luis Ocaña 34'' to 39''.



1974 - Wednesday 10 July - Savines-le-lac / Mont Ventoux / Orange


For the first time, and only to date, the Tour de France discusses the Ventoux with its eastern side by the road from Sault to the Chalet Reynard. Shortly after Chalet Reynard, a small group led by Jean-Pierre Danguillaume tries, in vain, a breakaway. They are immediately caught by the wearer of the yellow jersey, Eddy Merckx.





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.



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