On a lesser note:Indurain's 5th Tour win
Patrick D. Walters
PWALTERS at delphi.com
Wed Jul 19 00:21:54 PDT 1995
3 18-JUL-1995 15:28 Fifth Tour win in sight for Indurain
PARIS, July 18 (UPI) The Tour de France enters its final week Tuesday and
Spain's Miguel Indurain has his fifth consecutive victory well within his
Only illness or an accident can keep Indurain from entering the history
books as the first rider to win cycling's premier event five times in a row.
Belgium's Eddy Merckx and Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault
are the other five-time winners, but none ever put together a run to match the
After Monday's rest day the race returns to the mountains Tuesday, and
features an individual time trial Saturday and ends in Paris Sunday.
The challengers may take their chances and try to make breakaways, but all
Indurain has to do is accelerate in the final miles to limit the margin and
wait for the next day.
Indurain -- who turned 31 last Sunday -- celebrated this birthday the same
way he has done in the last few years, wearing the leader's yellow jersey.
And he has indicated that the time for other riders to start looking at
Tour victories may not be imminent.
"It gets harder every year because of age, the training and so on," he
said. "But as long as I can work well and I have the motivation to fight for
victory, I'll carry on coming to the Tour de France.
"I'll certainly be back next year. But at the same time, I won't want to
take part unless I feel I can win. I won't be one of those who drops gradually
out of the first 10. I aim to leave when I'm at the top. "
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