If you have been with Fendrien since the outset you will know that 1989 was the second Tour de Francce I followed and its conculsion was enough to ensure my love for the sport would remain undiminshed (to date) over the decades.
Greg LeMond came back from incredible adversity to win the race by a mere 8 seconds from the late Laurent Fignon.
That summer seemed to be warmer and sunnier than any other I can remember and it made me save up for some Oakley’s and a Dawes Impulse road bike.
It’s fair to say Greg has had an interesting and not altogether positive experience with the sport since he retired in the early 1990’s. He incurred the wrath of Lance Armstrong amongst others but is making a comeback.
He has been a Eurosport pundit and has relaunched his own label bike brand after it had been dumped by Trek.
Imagine my delight then when Cyclist magazine recently uploaded a two part podcast with the great man covering all manner of topics, not just ’89.
When the podcast was weekly, back in 2017, I took one of the episodes as an opportunity to rant about rider safety and the merits of how safe it is to attack a bike race downhill.
With recent injury to Remco Evenepoel and rider protests about safety at the Tour of Wallonie this afternoon, its a good time to revisit the audio as a lot of what I said that day is still relevant today.