Stuff Someone Said: Ronan Pensec...

"He worked especially hard for me that day, encouraging me, and I hope he knows how much that means to me."


Pensec, from earlier hair-disfunction times

In 1990, Ronan Pensec was a member of the Z cycling team who's leader was Greg Lemond, who was gunning, that year, for his third Tour victory. On stage 10 from Geneva to Saint Gervais, Pensec finished strongly in the group of leaders and found himself inheritor of the Yellow Jersey from its previous wearer, Steve Bauer. The following day was another one in the Alps, this time finishing atop legendary Alpe d'Huez. While Greg was the team's most likely to succeed at overall victory, they could not ignore the fact that Pensec had the jersey at the moment. Thus, while most of the team rode the eleventh stage in support of Lemond, climber-extraordinaire Robert Millar, was assigned to see to Pensec's well-being during the long day. The plan worked - Pensec with Millar's assistance retained the jersey for another day after finishing only 48 seconds behind stage winner Gianni Bugno.


a well-known Graham Watson photo showing Millar leading Pensec through the Alps

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