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67th Tour de France 1980

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

Top 25 TdF

 

Zoetemelk’s Shinning Moment

CR Timeline 1980

Defending champion Bernard “the Badger” Hinault, victorious in the 1980 Giro d’Italia, came to the Tour de France in search of his third consecutive championship and a rare Tour/Giro double.  Again this year his main challenger was Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk. 

A steady rain at the start in Frankfurt, but Bernard Hinault disregarded the weather and grabbed the first Maillot Jaune (race leader’s Yellow Jersey) by winning the 7.6 km prologue time trial.  The Badger kept the pressure on with stage wins on stage 4 and 5.  The flying Frenchman began to feel the stresses of the hard, early racing.  The combination of heavy, cold rain and very long stages aggravated a tendonitis problem in Hinault’s right knee. 

The chilling rains of the first ten days of the Tour began to break after the first rest day in St. Malo.  With great determination, Hinault continued to race with the pain.  By stage 11, the 52 km individual time trial (ITT) from Damazan to Laplume, the Badger had battled back into the Maillot Jaune.  Despite finishing fifth on the stage, Hinault gained enough time to take back the race lead. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Cyrille Guimard, Hinault’s team director, became increasingly concerned about the knee problem.  Guimard raced through the same pain in 1972 and had his racing career cut short by the injury.  As the Tour moved closer to the Pyrenees Mountains, Hinault and Guimard discussed his options at length.  Two stages after re-taking the Maillot Jaune, Hinault had reached the end of his suffering and abandoned the Tour.  The new race leader was second placed Joop Zoetemelk.

SPECIAL NOTE: The honor of wearing the Maillot Jaune is an earned right and is held in such high regard that riders refuse to don the Jersey after another rider’s misfortune.  In 1971, Eddy Merckx refused to wear the Jersey after Luis Ocana crashed on the Col de Mente.  Joop Zoetemelk followed that tradition and did not wear the Maillot Jaune until he earned it.

The Tour was now in the Pyrenees Mountains for Stage 13, which featured two Hors Categorie (HC-beyond category) climbs and two Category 1 climbs. French climber Raymond Martin launched an insane attack at the foot of the Tourmalet.  Over the remaining three brutal climbs, Martin stayed ahead of the chasers.  He crossed the finish line in Bagneres de Luchon for the stage win.  Zoetemelk led the chase group in 3’27” behind and officially took over the race lead.

Into the Alps Zoetemelk still had challengers as the stage headed up the finishing climb of the Pra Loup.  With his very strong Ti Raleigh team controlling a hard pace, Zoetemelk touched wheels with teammate Johan Van der Velde and crashed hard 3 km from the finish.  The race leader quickly remounted, but in great pain, and started his chase of second placed Hennie Kuiper.  Across the finish line he managed to catch the elite group and lost no time to Kuiper.

The following day would be very difficult for Zoetemelk.  A gash in his left elbow and deep bruise to his thigh, the Dutch climber sets out to defend the Maillot Jaune.  Stage 17 featured the climbs of the Col du Galibier (HC), Col de la Madeleine (HC), and the Joux-Plane (Cat. 1).  The attacks began at the foot of the first climb.  The lead group of riders formed on the climb and moved away.  A struggling Zoetemelk was unable to match the move.  Quickly the lead grew to 2 minutes and the Ti Raleigh team went to work.  The Dutch team had the race leader back with the elite group by the top of the second climb, the Madeleine.  The courageous Zoetemelk struggled but finished the stage 3’15” behind the stage winner.  His race lead was now 3’05” headed into a welcome rest day in Morzine.

The ITT into St. Etienne gave Zoetemelk the ideal launching pad to put the crowning achievement on his TdF lead.  The Dutchman covers the 34 km in 45’38” to win the stage and put the overall lead out of reach to the other contenders. 

At the age of 33 Zoetemelk rode into Paris for his first Tour de France victory.  In the process he crushed the label of “eternal second” and moved into the elite group of Tour de France champions.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue FRANKFURT (Ger), 7.6 km ITT

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 1a FRANKFURT (Ger)-WIESBADEN(Ger), 133 km

Jan Raas (Ned)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 2 FRANKFURT (Ger)-METZ, 276 km

Rudi Pevenage (Bel)

Yvon Bertin (Fra)

Stage 3 METZ-LIEGE (Bel), 282 km

Henk Lubberding (Ned)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 4 CIRCUIT DE SPA (Bel), 35 km ITT

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 5 LIEGE (Bel)-LILLE, 250 km

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 6 LILLE-COMPIEGNE, 216 km

Louis Gauthier (Fra)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 7b BEAUVAIS-ROUEN, 92 km

Jan Raas (Ned)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 8 FLERS-ST MALO, 164 km

Bert Oosterbosch (Ned)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 9 ST MALO-NANTES, 205 km

Jan Raas (Ned)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 10 ROCHEFORT SUR MER-BORDEAUX, 203 km

Cees Priem (Ned)

Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Stage 11 DAMAZAN-LAPLUME, 52 km

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 12 AGEN-PAU, 194 km

Gerrie Knetemann  (Ned)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Stage 13 PAU-BAGNERES DE LUCHON, 200 km

Raymond Martin (Fra)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 14 LEZIGNAN CORBIERES-MONTPELLIER, 189 km

Ludo Peeters (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 15 MONTPELLIER-MARTIGUES, 160 km

Bernard Vallet (Fra)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 16 TRETS-PRA LOUP, 209 km

Jos Deschoenmaecker (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 17 SERRE CHEVALIER-MORZINE, 242 km

Mariano Martinez (Fra)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 18 MORZINE-PRAPOUTEL LES SEPT LAUX, 199 km

Ludo Loos (Bel)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 19 VOREPPE-ST ETIENNE, 140 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 20 ST ETIENNE, 34 km ITT

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 21 AUXERRE-FONTENAY SOUS BOIS, 208 km

Sean Kelly (Ire)

Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

Stage 22 FONTENAY SOUS BOIS-PARIS/Champs Elysees, 186 km

Pol Verschuere (Bel)

YJ Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)

POLKA DOT JERSEY

PDJ Raymond Martin (Fra)

  GREEN POINTS JERSEY

GJ Rudy Pevenage (Bel)



TdF June 26 - July 20, 1980
3,988 Km

1. Joop ZOETEMELK (Ned) 109h19'14"

2. Hennie Kuiper (Ned) +6'55"

3. Raymond Martin (Fra) +7'56"

Starters: 130
Finishers: 85
Average Speed: 35.317 km/h

 

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