The 1985 Tour de France took place between 28 June and 21 July of that
year. The course (map pictured) ran over 4,109 km (2,553 mi) and
consisted of a prologue and 22 stages. The race was won by Bernard
Hinault (of team La Vie Claire), who equalled the record by Jacques
Anquetil and Eddy Merckx of five overall victories. Hinault's teammate
Greg LeMond was second, and Stephen Roche (La Redoute) was third.
Hinault took the race leader's yellow jersey on the first day, in the
opening prologue time trial, but lost the lead to Eric Vanderaerden
(Panasonic–Raleigh) after stage 1 because of time bonuses. He
regained it in stage 8, and held it the rest of the way despite
bronchitis, which severely hampered his performances. For LeMond's
assistance, Hinault pledged to support him for overall victory in the
following year's race, which LeMond won. The large number of time trials
in the 1985 edition of the race were key to its outcome, leading to a
decrease in time-trial kilometres for subsequent Tours.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985_Tour_de_France>
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