Tour de France 1981

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68th Tour de France 1981 - final result
Route length 22 stages, 3759.1 km
Tour winner Bernard Hinault 96:19:38 h
(39.024 km / h)
Second Lucien Van Impe + 14:34 min
Third Robert Alban + 17:04 min
Fourth Joop Zoetemelk + 18:21 min
fifth Peter Winnen + 20:26 min
Sixth Jean-René Bernaudeau + 23:02 min
seventh Johan De Muynck + 24:25 min
Eighth Sven-Åke Nilsson + 24:37 min
Ninth Claude Criquielion + 26:18 min
Tenth Phil Anderson + 27:00 min
Green jersey Freddy Maertens 428 P.
Second William Tackaert 222 P.
Third Bernard Hinault 184 P.
Dotted jersey Lucien Van Impe 284 P.
Second Bernard Hinault 222 P.
Third Jean-René Bernaudeau 168 P.
White jersey Peter Winnen 96:40:04 h
Second Claude Criquielion + 5:52 min
Third Phil Anderson + 6:45 min
Team evaluation Peugeot-Esso

The 68th Tour de France took place from June 25 to July 19, 1981 and ran over 3756 km in 22 stages. The tour ended with a relatively clear victory for Frenchman Bernard Hinault . 150 racers took part in the tour, of which 121 were classified.

Race course

The reigning world champion Hinault took over the overall lead after the prologue . The Dutchman Gerrie Knetemann benefited from the two team time trials , who was allowed to wear the yellow jersey for a few days after the two victories of his team TI-Raleigh .

The Belgian Lucien Van Impe won the first stage in the Pyrenees, but with his second place in this stage, Hinault took over the overall lead again and defended it until the finish in Paris. In the three individual time trials, all of which he won, he even extended his lead and won his third Tour de France after 1978 and 1979 . Van Impe was second, almost a quarter of an hour behind, while last year's winner Joop Zoetemelk was fourth.

The green jersey secured Freddy Maertens , who after his six stage wins in the sprint almost twice as many points as its nearest rival achieved. The dotted jersey also went to a Belgian with Van Impe.

The stages

Stages Day Start finish km Stage winner Jersey yellow.svg Yellow jersey
prolog 25th June Nice 5.8 ( EZF ) Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault
1st stage (a) June 26th Nice - Nice 97 Freddy Maertens
1st stage (b) June 26th Nice - Nice 40 ( MZF ) TI-Raleigh Gerrie Knetemann
2nd stage June 27th Nice - Martigues 254 Johan van der Velde
3rd stage June 28th Martigues - Narbonne 232 Freddy Maertens
4th stage June 29th Narbonne - Carcassonne 77.2 (MZF) TI-Raleigh
5th stage June 30th Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan 117.5 Lucien Van Impe Phil Anderson
6th stage July 1 Nay - Pau 26.7 (EZF) Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault
7th stage 2nd July Pau - Bordeaux 227 Urs Freuler
8th stage 3rd of July Rochefort - Nantes 182 Ad Wijnands
Rest day
9th stage 5th July Nantes - Le Mans 196.5 Freddy Maertens Bernard Hinault
10th stage July 6th Le Mans - Aulnay-sous-Bois 264 Ad Wijnands
11th stage 7th of July Compiègne - Roubaix 246 Daniel Willems
12th stage (a) 8th of July Roubaix - Brussels ( BEL ) 107.3 Freddy Maertens
12th stage (b) 8th of July Brussels (Bel) - Zolder (BEL) 137.8 Eddy Planckaert
13th stage July 9 Beringen (BEL) - Hasselt (BEL) 157 Freddy Maertens
Rest day
14th stage July 11th Mulhouse - Mulhouse 38.5 (EZF) Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault
15th stage July 12 Besançon - Thonon-les-Bains 231 Sean Kelly
16th stage July 13th Thonon-les-Bains - Morzine 199.5 Robert Alban
17th stage July 14th Morzine - L'Alpe d'Huez 230.5 Peter Winnen
18th stage 15th of July Le Bourg-d'Oisans - Le Pleynet 134 Bernard Hinault
19th stage 16th of July Veurey-Voroize - Saint-Priest 117.5 Daniel Willems
20th stage 17th July Saint-Priest - Saint-Priest 46.5 (EZF) Bernard Hinault
21st stage July 18th Auxerre - Fontenay-sous-Bois 207 Johan van der Velde
22nd stage July 19 Fontenay-sous-Bois - Paris 186.8 Freddy Maertens

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