As the Tour de France competition hots up and Chris Froome fights to hold on to the Yellow Jersey, we wanted to take a look back at the most iconic battles of the past 30 years. We surveyed 1,396 British cyclists who shared their thoughts on the most memorable battles of the recent tours.
Bradley Wiggins vs Chris Froome
Being a British survey, Bradley Wiggins vs Chris Froome (2012) received the biggest share of the vote with 28.7%.
Marco Pantani vs Jan Ullrich
Marco Pantani vs Jan Ullrich in 1998 was next favourite with 18.0% - Pantani’s attack on the ascent of Galibier, in which he turned a three-minute deficit to a six-minute advantage over Ullrich and held this to the end.
Greg LeMond vs Bernie Hinault & Laurent Fignon
The American Greg LeMond’s battles also ranked highly with a total of 32.0%, the third favourite was his 1986 fight against teammate Bernie Hinault (17.2%) and fourth (with 14.8%) was his exceptionally close 1989 race against Laurent Fignon, LeMond won by just 8s - the Tour’s closest ever winning margin.
Alberto Contador vs Lance Armstrong
Teammate battles accounted for 60% of votes and the 2009 contest between Astana teammates Alberto Contador and the returning Lance Armstrong received 13.2% of the vote.
Which battle was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.