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1980 Tour de France

June 6 - July 20

Results, stages with running GC, map, photos and History

1981 Tour | 1979 Tour | Quick Facts | Final 1980 Tour GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1980 Tour de France |


1980 Tour de France route map


1980 Tour de France quick facts:

3,945.5 km ridden at an average speed of 35.317 km/hr.

130 starters and 85 classified finishers.

Bernard Hinault looked to be heading for another Tour win but an inflamed knee forced him to retire before the start of stage 13. Joop Zoetmelk became the leader after stage 13 and after coming in second six times, finally won the Tour de France.

In this Tour the last rider in the GC standing was eliminated after stages 14 through 20.


1980 Tour de France complete final General Classification:
  1. Joop Zoetemelk (TI-Raleigh-Creda): 109hr 19min 14sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper (Peugeot-Esso) @ 6min 55sec
  3. Raymond Martin (Miko-Mercier) @ 7min 56sec
  4. Johan de Muynck (Splendor-Admiral) @ 12min 24sec
  5. Joaquim Agostinho (Puch-Sem-Campagnolo) @ 15min 37sec
  6. Christian Seznec (Miko-Merrcier) @ 16min 16sec
  7. Sven-Ake Nilsson (Miko-Mercier) @ 16min 33sec
  8. Ludo Peeters (Ijsboercke-Warncke Eis) @ 20min 45sec
  9. Pierre Bazzo (Le Redoute-Motobecane) @ 21min 3sec
  10. Henk Lubberding (TI-Raleigh-Creda) @ 21min 10sec
  11. Robert Alban (Le Redoute-Motobecane) @ 22min 41sec
  12. Johan Van der Velde (TI-Raleigh-Creda) @ 25min 28sec
  13. Claude Criquielion (Splendor-Admiral) @ 27min 43sec
  14. Jostein Wilmann (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo) @ 28min 4sec
  15. Régis Ovion (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo) @ 29min 48sec
  16. Lucien van Impe (Marc-IWC) @ 32min 55sec
  17. Bernard Thévenet (Teka) @ 32min 59sec
  18. Ludo Loos (Marc-IWC) @ 36min 36sec
  19. Jo Maas (DAF Trucks) @ 36min 44sec
  20. Vicente Belda (Kelme) @ 42min 42sec
  21. Patrick Busolini (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo) @ 45min 35sec
  22. Gery Verlinden (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis)@ 52min 17sec
  23. Ferdinand Julien (Boston-Mavic) @ 52min 37sec
  24. Ismael Lerreta (Teka) @ 54min 5sec
  25. Alberto Fernandez (Teka) @ 55min 17sec
  26. Eddy Schepers (DAF Trucks) @ 55min 32sec
  27. Daniel Plummer (Splendor-Admiral) @ 58min 46sec
  28. Pascal Simon (Peugeot-Esso) @ 58min 51sec
  29. Sean Kelly (Splendor-Admiral) @ 58min 54sec
  30. René Martens (DAF Trucks) @ 59min 6sec
  31. Bernard Vallet (La Redoute - Motobecane) @ 59min 11sec
  32. Mariano Martinez (Le Redoute-Motobecane) @ 1hr 1min 6sec
  33. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (La Redoute-Motobecane) @ 1hr 1min 30sec
  34. Patrick Bonnet (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 1min 38sec
  35. Pedro Torres (Kelme) @ 1hr 2min 25sec
  36. Bert Osterbosch (TI-Raleigh) @ 1hr 2min 59sec
  37. Klaus-Peter Thaler (Teka) @ 1hr 5min 3sec
  38. Gerrie Knetemann (TI-Raleigh) @ 1hr 6min 23sec
  39. Guido Van Calster (Splendor-Admiral) @ 1hr 6min 46sec
  40. Bernard Bourreau (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 7min 11sec
  41. Marco Antonio Chagas (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo) @ 1hr 7min 34sec
  42. Rudy Pevenage (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis) @ 1hr 8min 2sec
  43. Patrick Friou (Miko-Mercier) @ 1hr 9min 34sec
  44. Christian Lavavasseur (Miko-Mercier) @ 1hr 11min 18sec
  45. Didier Vanoverschelde (La Redoute-Motobecane) @ 1hr 11min 32sec
  46. Hubert Linard (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 11min 52sec
  47. Ludo Delcroix (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis) @ 1hr 16min 14sec
  48. Jean-Raymond Toso (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo)@ 1hr 19min 20sec
  49. Graham Jones (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 20min 33sec
  50. Jean-Louis Gauthier (Miko-Mercier) @ 1hr 20min 58sec
  51. Leo Van Vliet (TI-Raleigh) @ 1hr 21min 38sec
  52. Joseph Borguet (Splendor-Admiral) @ 1hr 22min 2sec
  53. Ferdi Van Den Haute (La Redoute-Motobecane) @ 1hr 22min 25sec
  54. José Luis Mayoz (Teka) @ 1hr 22min 41sec
  55. Patrice Thevenard (Boston-Mavic) @ 1hr 23min 47sec
  56. Paul Wellens (TI-Raleigh) @ 1hr 23min 53sec
  57. Beranrdo Alfonsel (Teka) @ 1hr 25min 10sec
  58. Alain Vigneron ((Boston-Mavic) @ 1hr 25min 23sec
  59. Jacques Bossis (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 25min 23sec
  60. Jos Jacobs (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis) @ 1hr 25min 44sec
  61. Dider Lebaud (Miko-Mercier) @ 1hr 26min 44sec
  62. Hans-Peter Jakst (Puch-SEM-Campagnolo) @ 1hr 27min 59sec
  63. Hendrik Devos (DAF Trucks) @ 1hr 28min 29sec
  64. Marcel Laurens (Marc-IWC) @ 1hr 29min 36sec
  65. Pol Verschuere (Ijsboerke-Warncke-Eis) @ 1hr 30min 5sec
  66. Jos De Schoenmaecker (Marc-IWC) @ 1hr 31min 3sec
  67. Dirk Wayenberg (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis) @ 1hr 31min 7sec
  68. Ludwig Wijnants (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis) @ 1hr 31min 9sec
  69. Jan Jonkers (Boston-Mavic) @ 1hr 32min 36sec
  70. Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 32min 59sec
  71. Patrick Perret (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 32min 59sec
  72. Jacques Michaud (Puch-SEM) @ 1hr 41min 36sec
  73. Eric Van de Wiele (Ijsboerke-Warncke-Eis) @ 1hr 41min 38sec
  74. Jean Chassang (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 44min 34sec
  75. Frédéric Brun (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 44min 51sec
  76. Bernard Becaas (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 45min 9sec
  77. Joël Gallopin (Miko-Mercier) @ 1hr 46min 12sec
  78. Herman Beysens (Splendor-Admiral) @ 1hr 48min 19sec
  79. Patrick Pevenage (DAF Trucks) @ 1hr 49min 54sec
  80. Jordi Fortia (Kelme) @ 1hr 52min 22sec
  81. Maurice Le Guilloux (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 53min 9sec
  82. Willian Tackaert (DAF Trucks) @ 1hr 57min 8sec
  83. Jos Schipper (Marc-IWC) @ 1hr 59min 29sec
  84. Roger Legeay (Peugeot-Esso) @ 1hr 59min 40sec
  85. Gerhard Schönbacher (Marc-IWC) @ 2hr 10min 52sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Raymond Martin (Miko-Mercier) : 223 points
  2. Ludo Loos (Marc-IWC): 162
  3. Ludo Peeters (Ijsboercke-Warncke Eis): 147
  4. Sven-Ake Nilsson (Miko-Mercier): 145
  5. Joop Zoetemelk (TI-Raleigh): 137

Points Competition:

  1. Rudy Pevenage (DAF Trucks): 194 points
  2. Sean Kelly (Splendor-Admiral): 153
  3. Ludo Peeters (Ijsboercke-Warncke Eis): 148
  4. Jos Jacobs (Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis): 122
  5. Leo Van Vliet (TI-Raleigh): 120

Team Classification:

  1. Miko-Mercier: 450hr 25min 36sec
  2. TI-Raleigh @ 6min 2sec
  3. Puch-SEM @ 20min 35sec
  4. Splendor-Admiral @ 50min 20sec
  5. La Redoute-Motobecane @ 55min 37sec
  6. Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis @ 1hr 8min 13sec

Stage results with running GC:

Prologue: Thursday, June 26, Frankfurt 7.6 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Bernard Hinault: 9min 13sec
  2. Gerrie Knetemann @ 5sec
  3. Bert Oosterbosch @ 17sec
  4. Ludo Peeters @ 21sec
  5. Didi Thurau @ 22sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 23sec
  7. Henk Lubberding @ 24sec
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  9. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle @ 25sec
  10. Jan Raas s.t.

GC after prologue: same as prologue results.

Stage 1A: Friday, June 27, Frankfurt - Wiesbaden, 133 km.

  1. Jan Raas: 3hr 19min 39sec
  2. William Tackaert s.t.
  3. Sean Kelly s.t.
  4. Didi Thurau s.t.
  5. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  6. Joël Gallopin s.t.
  7. Patrick Bonnet s.t.
  8. Paul Sherwen s.t.
  9. Cees Priem s.t.
  10. Yvon Bertin s.t.

GC after Stage 1A:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 3hr 28min52sec
  2. Gerrie Knetemann @ 5sec
  3. Bert Oosterbosch @ 17sec
  4. Ludo Peeters @ 21sec
  5. Didi Thurau @ 22sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 23sec
  7. Henk Lubberding @ 24sec
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  9. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle @ 25sec
  10. Jan Raas s.t.

Stage 1B: Friday, June 27, Wiesbaden - Frankfurt 45.8 km Team Time Trial

  1. TI-Raleigh-Creda 53min 45sec
  2. Renault-Elf-Gitane @ 44sec
  3. Peugeot-Esso @ 1min 9sec
  4. Ijsboercke-Warnke Eis @ 1min 17sec
  5. DAF Trucks @ 2min 3sec
  6. Miko-Mercier @ 2min 12sec
  7. Le Redoute-Motobecane @ 2min 14sec
  8. Puch-Sem @ 2min 47sec
  9. Splendor-Wickes @ 2min 54sec
  10. Marc-IWC @ 3min 7sec
  11. Teka @ 3min 59sec
  12. Boston-Mavic @ 4min 44sec
  13. Kelme @ 5min 7sec

GC after Stage 1B:

  1. Gerrie Knetemann: 3hr 26min 42sec
  2. Jan Raas @ 20sec
  3. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  4. Joop Zoetemelk @ 22sec
  5. Johan Van der Velde @ 28sec
  6. Cees Priem @ 37sec
  7. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 44sec
  8. Pierre-Raymond Villemiane @ 52sec
  9. William Bonnet @ 57sec
  10. Maurice Le Guilloux @ 59sec

Stage 2: Saturday, June 28, Frankfurt - Metz, 276 km

  1. Rudi Pevenage: 7hr 36min 18sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo s.t.
  3. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  4. Jan Raas @ 9min 53sec
  5. Leo Van Vliet s.t.
  6. Sean Kelly s.t.
  7. Benny Vermeulen s.t.
  8. Ludo Peeters s.t.
  9. Jacques Osmont s.t.
  10. Dirk Heirweg s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Yvon Bertin: 11hr 3min 5sec
  2. Rudy Pevenage @ 1min 14sec
  3. Pierre Bazzo @ 1min 32sec
  4. Gerrie Knetemann @ 9min 48sec
  5. Jan Raas @ 10min 8sec
  6. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  7. Joop Zoetemelk @ 10min 10sec
  8. Johan Van der Velde @ 10min 16sec
  9. Cees Priem @ 10min 25sec
  10. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 10min 32sec

Stage 3: Sunday, June 29, Metz - Liège, 282.5 km

  1. Henk Lubberding: 7hr 58min 37sec
  2. Ronny Claes @ 1min 31sec
  3. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  4. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  5. Eddy Schepers s.t.
  6. Joseph Jacobs @ 3min 7sec
  7. Sean Kelly s.t.
  8. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  9. Patrick Pevenage s.t.
  10. Johan Van der Velde s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 19hr 6min 3sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 18sec
  3. Henk Lubberding @ 8min 1sec
  4. Ronny Claes @ 8min 18sec
  5. Gerrie Knetemann @ 8min 34sec
  6. Bernard Hinault @ 8min 42sec
  7. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke @ 8min 50sec
  8. Joop Zoetemelk @ 8min 56sec
  9. Eddy Schepers @ 8min 58sec
  10. Johan Van der Velde @ 9min 2sec

Stage 4: Monday, June 30, Spa 34.6 km Individual Time Trial.

  1. Bernard Hinault: 47min 28sec
  2. Joop Zoetemelk @ 1min 16sec
  3. Gerrie Knetemann @ 1min 25sec
  4. Johan Van der Velde @ 1min 47sec
  5. Johan de Muynck @ 1min 51sec
  6. Michel Pollentier @ 1min 54sec
  7. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke @ 1min 59sec
  8. Daniel Wellens @ 2min 3sec
  9. Ronny Claes s.t.
  10. Henk Lubberding @ 2min 6sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 19hr 56min 32sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 1min 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 5min 41sec
  4. Gerrie Knetemann @ 6min 58sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 7min 6sec
  6. Joop Zoetemelk @ 7min 11sec
  7. Ronny Claes @ 7min 20sec
  8. Johan Van der Velde @ 7min 48sec
  9. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  10. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 8min 57sec

Stage 5: Tuesday, July 1, Liège - Lille, 249.6 km

  1. Bernard Hinault: 8hr 3min 22sec
  2. Hennie Juiper s.t.
  3. Ludo Delcroix @ 58sec
  4. Yvon Bertin @ 2min 11sec
  5. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  6. Sean Kelly s.t.
  7. Pierre Bazzo s.t.
  8. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  9. Jean-Louis Gauthier s.t.
  10. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 28hr 2min 5sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 1min 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 3min 28sec
  4. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 47sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 7min 6sec
  6. Joop Zoetemelk @ 7min 11sec
  7. Ronny CLaes @ 7min 20sec
  8. Johan Van der Velde @ 7min 48sec
  9. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  10. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 8min 57sec

Stage 6: Wednesday, July 2, Lille - Compiègne, 215.8 km

  1. Jean-Louis Gauthier: 5hr 57min 11sec
  2. Gery Verlinden @ 1sec
  3. Bernard Bourreau s.t.
  4. Gerrie Knetemann s.t.
  5. Patrick Bonnet s.t.
  6. Sean Kelly @ 39sec
  7. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  8. Jacques Osmont s.t.
  9. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  10. Frank Hoste s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 33hr 59min 57sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 1min 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 3min 28sec
  4. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 47sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 7min 6sec
  6. Joop Zoetemelk @ 7min 11sec
  7. Ronny Claes @ 7min 20sec
  8. Johan Van der Velde @ 7min 48sec
  9. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  10. Patrick Bonnet @ 8min 48sec

Stage 7A: Thursday, July 3, Compiègne - Beauvais 65 km Team Time Trial

The teams were racing for time bonuses. Yellow Jersey Pevenage's Ijsboerke team earned a 2-minute time bonus.

  1. TI-Raleigh-Creda: 1hr 24min 9sec
  2. Peugeot-Esso @ 37sec
  3. Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis @ 43sec
  4. Renault-Elf-Gitane @ 51sec
  5. Puch-SEM-Campagnolo
  6. DAF Trucks @ 2min 9sec
  7. Miko-Mercier @ 2min 18sec
  8. Splendor-Wickes @ 2min 48sec
  9. La Redoute-Motobecane @ 4min 22sec
  10. Marc-IWC @ 5min 47sec

GC after Stage 7A:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 33hr 57min 57sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 2mn 24sec
  3. Beranrd Hinault @ 3min 48sec
  4. Henk Lubberding @ 5min 51sec
  5. Joop Zoetemelk @ 5min 56sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 12sec
  7. Johan Van der Velde @ 6min 33sec
  8. Ronny Claes @ 7min 20sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 9min 8sec
  10. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.

Stage 7B: Thursday, July 3, Beauvais - Rouen, 92 km

  1. Jan Raas: 2hr 15min 33sec
  2. Leo Van Vliet s.t.
  3. Jacques Osmont s.t.
  4. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  5. Eddy Scheper s.t.
  6. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  7. Frank Hoste s.t.
  8. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  9. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  10. Herman Beyssens s.t.

GC after stage 7B:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 36hr 13min 30sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 24sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 3min 48sec
  4. Joop Zoetemelk @ 3min 48sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 5min 51sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 12sec
  7. Johan Van der Velde @ 6min 33sec
  8. Ronny Claes @ 7min 20sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 9min 8sec
  10. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.

Stage 8: Friday, July 4, Flers - St. Malo, 164.2 km

  1. Bert Oosterbosch: 4hr 21min 4sec
  2. Sean Kelly @ 13sec
  3. William Tackaert s.t.
  4. Jan Raas s.t.
  5. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  6. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  7. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  8. Benny Vermeulen s.t.
  9. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  10. Jacques Osmont s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 40hr 34min 39sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 20sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 3min 56sec
  4. Joop Zoetemelk @ 5min 56sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 5min 59sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 20sec
  7. Johan Van de Velde @ 6min 41sec
  8. Ronny Claes @ 7min 24sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 9min 16sec
  10. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.

Stage 9: Sunday, July 6, St. Malo - Nantes, 205.3 km

  1. Jan Raas: 5hr 28min 27sec
  2. William Tackaert s.t.
  3. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  4. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  5. Patrick Friou s.t.
  6. Jan Jonkers s.t.
  7. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  8. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  9. Jacques Bossis s.t.
  10. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Rudy Pevenage: 46hr 2min 50sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 36sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 4min 12sec
  4. Joop Zoetemelk @ 6min 12sec
  5. Henk Lubberding @ 6min 15sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 36sec
  7. Johan Van der Velde @ 6min 57sec
  8. Ronny Claes @ 7min 24sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 9min 32sec
  10. Jean-Luc Vandenbrouck s.t.

Stage 10: Monday, July 7, Rochefort sur Mer - Bordeaux, 203 km

  1. Cees Priem: 4hr 42min 58sec
  2. Jacques Osmont @ 2sec
  3. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  4. Jan Raas s.t.
  5. William Tackaert s.t.
  6. Maurice Le Guilloux s.t.
  7. Leo Van Vliet @ 2sec
  8. Philippe Durel s.t.
  9. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  10. Joseph Jacobs s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Rudi Pevenage: 50hr 45min 42sec
  2. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 44sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 4min 20sec
  4. Henk Lubberding @ 6min 11sec
  5. Joop Zoetemelk @ 6min 20sec
  6. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 44sec
  7. Johan Van der Velde @ 7min 5sec
  8. Ronny Claes @ 7min 32sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 9min 40sec
  10. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.

Stage 11: Tuesday, July 8, Damazan - Laplume 51.8 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 1hr 10min 24sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 46sec
  3. Joaquim Agostinho @ 1min 9sec
  4. Bert Oosterbosch @ 1min 12sec
  5. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 39sec
  6. Johan de Muynck @ 1min 44sec
  7. Gerrie Knetemann @ 1min 56sec
  8. Patrick Perret @ 1min 58sec
  9. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle @ 1min 59sec
  10. Jean Chassang @ 2min 4sec

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 52hr 2min 5sec
  2. Joop Zoetemelk @ 21sec
  3. Rudy Pevenage @ 1min 29sec
  4. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 31sec
  5. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 40sec
  6. Henk Lubberding @ 5min 3sec
  7. Ronny Claes @ 5min 24sec
  8. Johan Van der Velde @ 6min 3sec
  9. Patrick Bonnet @ 6min 13sec
  10. Patrick Perret @ 6min 27sec

Stage 12: Wednesday, July 9, Agen - Pau, 194.1 km

  1. Gerrie Knetemann: 5hr 45min 24sec
  2. Ludo Peeters s.t.
  3. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke @ 1min 19sec
  4. Leo Van Viet @ 1min 25sec
  5. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  6. Ludo Delcroix s.t.
  7. Jan Raas s.t.
  8. Sean Kelly s.t.
  9. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  10. William Tackaert s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 57hr 48min 54sec
  2. Joop Zoetemelk @ 21sec
  3. Rudy Pevenage @ 1min 29sec
  4. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 31sec
  5. Pierre Bazzo @ 2min 40sec
  6. Henk Lubberding @ 5min 30sec
  7. Ronny Claes @ 5min 24sec
  8. Gerrie Knetemann @ 5min 50sec
  9. Johan Van der Velde @ 6min 3sec
  10. Patrick Bonnet @ 6min 13sec

Stage 13: Thursday, July 10, Pau - Bagnères de Luchon, 200.4 km

Major Ascents: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde

Bernard Hinault, who had been having trouble with his knee for several stages, did not start stage 13. See The Story of the 1980 Tour de France.

  1. Raymond Martin: 6hr 27min 32sec
  2. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 3min 13sec
  3. Christian Seznec @ 3min 27sec
  4. Robert Alban s.t.
  5. Joop Zoetemelk s.t.
  6. Jostein Wilmann s.t.
  7. Joaquim Agostinho s.t.
  8. Johan De Muynck s.t.
  9. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  10. Hennie Kuiper s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 64hr 20min 14sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 10sec
  3. Raymond martin @ 4min 37sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 6min 53sec
  5. Pierre Bazzo @ 7min 10sec
  6. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 7min 57sec
  7. Henk Lubberding @ 8min 59sec
  8. Joaquim Agostinho @ 9min 44sec
  9. Christian Seznec @ 9min 52sec
  10. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 9min 53sec

Stage 14: Friday, July 11, Lézignan - Corbières - Montpellier, 189.5 km

  1. Ludo Peeters: 5hr 34min 49sec
  2. Leo Van Vliet @ 1min 34sec
  3. Patrick Bonnet s.t.
  4. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  5. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  6. Régis Ovion s.t.
  7. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  8. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  9. Mariano Martinez s.t.
  10. Ludwig Wijnants s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 69hr 56min 29sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 18sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 4min 55sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 7min 1sec
  5. Pierre Bazzo @ 7min 20sec
  6. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 8min 5sec
  7. Henk Lubberding @ 8min 59sec
  8. Joaquim Agostinho @ 9min 52sec
  9. Christian Seznec @ 10min
  10. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 10min 1sec

Stage 15: Saturday, July 12, Montpellier - Martiques, 160 km

  1. Bernard Vallet: 3hr 57min 43sec
  2. Bernard Thévenet @ 4sec
  3. Jean-Raymond Toso @ 4sec
  4. Sean Kelly @ 9sec
  5. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  6. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  7. Christian Seznec s.t.
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  9. Joop Zoetemelk s.t.
  10. Johan Van der Velde s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 73hr 54min 21sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 18sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 4min 55sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 7min 1sec
  5. Pierre Bazzo @ 7min 20sec
  6. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 8min 5sec
  7. Henk Lubberding @ 8min 59sec
  8. Joaquim Agostino @ 9min 52sec
  9. Christian Seznec @ 10min
  10. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 10min 1sec

Stage 16: Sunday, July 13, Trets - Pra Loup, 208.6 km

Major ascents: St. Jean, hilltop finish at Pra Loup

  1. Jos Deschoenmaecker: 6hr 25min 31sec
  2. Alberto Fernandez @ 2sec
  3. Christian Seznec @ 1min 30sec
  4. Ludo Peeters @ 1min 30sec
  5. Robert Alban s.t.
  6. Ismael Lejarreta s.t.
  7. Sven-Ake Nilsson s.t.
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  9. Joop Zoetemelk s.t.
  10. Raymond Martin s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 80hr 21min 22sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 34sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 4min 55sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 7min 1sec
  5. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 8min 5sec
  6. Pierre Bazzo @ 9min 11sec
  7. Christian Seznec @ 9min 11sec
  8. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 10min 1sec
  9. Joaquim Agostinho @ 10min 13sec
  10. Henk Lubberding @ 10min 46sec

Stage 17: Monday, July 14, Serre Chevalier - Morzine, 242 km

Major Ascents: Galibier, Madeleine, Joux-Plane

  1. Mariano Martinez: 7hr 9min 7sec
  2. Christain Levavasseur @ 2min 16sec
  3. Lucien van Impe @ 2min 34sec
  4. Ludo Peeters @ 2min 45sec
  5. Robert Alban @ 2min 48sec
  6. Vicente Belda @ 2min 59sec
  7. Bernard Thévenet @ 3min
  8. Raymond Martin s.t.
  9. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 3min 15sec
  10. Jostein Wilmann s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 87hr 33min 33sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 3min 5sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 4min 40sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 7min 1sec
  5. Christian Seznec @ 10min
  6. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 10min 1sec
  7. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 10min 33sec
  8. Henk Lubberding @ 12min 17sec
  9. Pierre Bazzo @ 12min 47sec
  10. Joachim Agostinho @ 14min 19sec

Stage 18: Wednesday, July 16, Morzine - Prapoutel les Sept Laux, 198.8 km

Major Ascents: Colombière, Aravis, Champlaurent, Barioz and hilltop finish at Prapoutel

  1. Ludo Loos: 5hr 52min 46sec
  2. Robert Alban @ 5min 19sec
  3. Joachim Agostinho @ 5min 20sec
  4. Lucien van Impe @ 5min 21sec
  5. Joop Zoetemelk s.t.
  6. Jostein Wilmann @ 5min 25sec
  7. Johan Van der Velde @ 5min 36sec
  8. Raymond Martin @ 6min 3sec
  9. Johan De Muynck @ 6min 47sec
  10. Ludo Peeters s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 93hr 31min 51sec
  2. Raymond Martin @ 5min 22sec
  3. Hennie Kuiper @ 5min 39sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 8min 27sec
  5. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 13min 15sec
  6. Christian Seznec @ 13min 57sec
  7. Joachim Agostinho @ 14min 18sec
  8. Pierre Bazzo @ 17min 57sec
  9. Henk Lubberding @ 18min 10sec
  10. Ludo Peeters @ 18min 34sec

Stage 19: Thursday, July 17, Voreppe - St. Etienne, 139.7 km

Major Ascents: Le Fayet, Croix de Chambouret

  1. Sean Kelly: 4hr 33sec
  2. Ismael Lejaretta s.t.
  3. Joseph Jacobs @ 20sec
  4. Guido Van Calster s.t.
  5. Leo Van Vliet s.t.
  6. Didier Vanoverschelde s.t.
  7. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  8. Régis Ovion s.t.
  9. Bert Oosterbosch s.t.
  10. Christian Seznec s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 97hr 32min 44sec
  2. Raymond Martin @ 5min 22sec
  3. Hennie Kuiper @ 5min 35sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 8min 27sec
  5. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 13min 35sec
  6. Christian Seznec @ 13min 57sec
  7. Joaquim Agostinho @ 14min 18sec
  8. Pierre Bazzo @ 17min 57sec
  9. Henk Lubberding @ 18min 10sec
  10. Ludo Peeters @ 18min 34sec

Stage 20: Friday, July 18, St. Etienne 34.5 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 45min 38sec
  2. Gerrie Knetemann @ 45sec
  3. Joaquim Agostinho @ 1min 11sec
  4. Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 12sec
  5. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke @ 1min 37sec
  6. Bert Oosterbosch @ 1min 37sec
  7. Bernard Thévenet @ 2min 3sec
  8. Christian Seznec @ 2min 11sec
  9. Ludo Peeters @ 2min 19sec
  10. Jo Maas @ 2min 21sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 98hr 18min 22sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 47sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 7min 48sec
  4. Johan de Muynck @ 12min 15sec
  5. Joaquim Agostino @ 15min 29sec
  6. Christian Seznec @ 16min 8sec
  7. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 16min 25sec
  8. Ludo peeters @ 20min 53sec
  9. Pierre Bazzo @ 20min 59sec
  10. Henk Lubberding @ 21min 2sec

Stage 21: Saturday, July 19, Auxerre - Fontenay sous Bois, 208 km

  1. Sean Kelly: 5hr 48min 33sec
  2. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  3. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  4. Leo Van Vliet s.t.
  5. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  6. Patrick Bonnet s.t.
  7. Ludo Peeters s.t.
  8. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  9. Régis Ovion s.t.
  10. Didier Vanoverschelde s.t.

GC after stage 21:

  1. Joop Zoetemelk: 104hr 6min 47sec
  2. Hennie Kuiper @ 6min 56sec
  3. Raymond Martin @ 7min 56sec
  4. Johan De Muynck @ 12min 24sec
  5. Joaquim Agostinho @ 15min 37sec
  6. Christian Seznec @ 16min 16sec
  7. Sven-Ake Nilsson @ 16min 33sec
  8. Ludo Peeters @ 20min 41sec
  9. Pierre Bazzo @ 21min 3sec
  10. Henk Lubberding @ 21min 10sec

Stage 22, Final Stage: Sunday, July 20, Fontenay sous Bois - Paris (Champs Elysées)

Major Ascents: La Madeleine, L'Homme Mort

  1. Pol Verschuere: 5hr 12min 27sec
  2. Sean Kelly s.t.
  3. Joseph Jacobs s.t.
  4. Leo Van Vliet s.t.
  5. Johan Van der Velde s.t.
  6. Klaus-Peter Thaler s.t.
  7. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  8. Régis ovion s.t.
  9. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke s.t.
  10. Gerhard Schönbacher s.t.

Complete Final 1980 Tour de France GC


The Story of the 1980 Tour de France

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In the last couple of years there had been some important realignments in the team rosters. Hennie Kuiper, second in the 1977 Tour and fourth in 1979, changed teams a couple of times. He had been with the very powerful TI-Raleigh team but Kuiper and team boss Peter Post's relentless, driving management style weren't a good mix. He moved to the DAF Trucks team and then in 1979, he switched to Peugeot. Peugeot team boss De Muer's successful management of Thévenet made Kuiper think that De Muer could turn him into a Tour winner as well.

Meanwhile, Joop Zoetemelk left his old team of Miko and moved to TI-Raleigh. Zoetemelk now had the strongest team and perhaps the most driven and demanding director in Peter Post to help him win the Tour. This was the 33-year old Zoetemelk's tenth attempt to win. He had 4 second places starting with his first entry in 1970 when he was runner up to Merckx. Zoetemelk had also come in fourth twice and fifth once. Like Poulidor and Gimondi, Zoetemelk was an excellent racer who had to contend with giants. His racing started with Merckx and continued with Thévenet and went through the Hinault era. Even though the 1980 route wasn't as mountainous as other editions, Post was pleased. This might seem counter-intuitive given that Zoetemelk was an excellent climber. Post figured that with his team of mostly big, strong Dutchmen, they could protect Zoetemelk for more of the race and he would spend less time isolated in the high mountains. Post takes credit for motivating Zoetemelk, convincing him that his record of high Tour placings and prestigious race wins meant he could actually win the Tour de France.

Bernard Hinault was planning on winning 3 Tours in a row, making him, at the young age of 25, the equal of Louison Bobet. That spring he had already won the Giro with a solid margin of 5 minutes, 43 seconds over Vladimiro Panizza. In addition to 3 sequential Tour wins he was hoping to add the rare Giro-Tour double and join Coppi, Anquetil and Merckx. This would be fine company indeed.

The weather during the first half of the Tour was terrible: cold, wet and rainy. This would have consequences for the peloton in a few short days.

The 1980 Tour started in Frankfurt, Germany. For the first time in his short Tour career, Hinault won the Prologue. He kept the lead until stage 1b, a 45.8-kilometer team time trial. The Raleighs almost always did well in this discipline and they delivered the goods this day, putting their Gerrie Knetemann at the top of the standings. Knetemann didn't get a chance to get too comfortable in his Yellow Jersey because in stage 2, Rudy Pevenage led in the winning 3-man break that included Yvon Bertin and Pierre Bazzo. The trio had extracted a 10-minute gap from the pack, giving the lead to Bertin, one of Hinault's domestiques, second place to Pevenage with Pierre Bazzo in third place. The next day Bertin finished in a small group of stragglers, 15 minutes down. Pevenage was now the Yellow Jersey.

Hinault won stage 4, the first individual time trial. It wasn't enough for Yellow, given the big advantage the stage 2 breakaways still had, but he could surely smell it.

Hinault riding to victory in the stage 4 time trial.

The General Classification after the time trial stood thus:

1. Rudi Pevenage
2. Pierre Bazzo @ 1 minute 4 seconds
3. Bernard Hinault @ 5 minutes 41 seconds
4. Gerrie Knetemann @ 6 minutes 58 seconds
5. Henk Lubberding @ 7 minutes 6 seconds
6. Joop Zoetemelk @ 7 minutes 11 seconds

The next day was ridden over the tough pavé of Northern France in terrible weather. It was 250 kilometers of what Hinault called "those swinish cobbles". Hinault hated this kind of racing even though his power and personal drive allowed him to excel in terrible conditions. He and Hennie Kuiper finished 2 minutes ahead of the field, putting him a bit closer to the lead, 3½ minutes behind Pevenage.

As the peloton continued to ride hard in the cold, wet weather, tendinitis started to appear in the peloton. It was said that over 50 riders were riding the race in real pain. Cynics thought the eruption of peloton-wide connective-tissue problems indicative of widespread steroid use. High steroid intake weakens tendons because it suppresses the body's ability to repair damaged tissues.

The next day, Hinault himself started to show the first symptoms of tendon problems in his knee (this in no way specifically impugns Hinault, who never failed a drug test). Stage 7a was a 65-kilometer team time trial. Raleigh won again. Ominously, Hinault could not take his pulls in the Renault pace line.

From here on, Hinault spent a lot of the time riding at the back of the peloton talking with the Tour doctor or with his team director, Cyrille Guimard. The press wrote reams about Hinault's knee, all done, in the words of Les Woodland, with the gravity normally reserved for dying kings.

Hinault took the Yellow Jersey from Pevenage in the stage 11 time trial. It was clear that Hinault was not riding at his best. Zoetemelk won the stage with Hinault coming in fifth, a rare show of weakness for the Badger. The day's top finishers:

1. Joop Zoetemelk
2. Hennie Kuiper @ 46 seconds
3. Joaquim Agostinho @ 1 minute 9 seconds
4. Bert Oosterbosch @ 1 minute 12 seconds
5. Bernard Hinault @ 1 minute 39 seconds

That yielded the following General Classification:

1. Bernard Hinault
2. Joop Zoetemelk @ 21 seconds
3. Rudy Pevenage @ 1 minute 29 seconds
4. Hennie Kuiper @ 1 minute 31 seconds
5. Pierre Bazzo @ 2 minutes 40 seconds

Zoetemelk says that at the time he was not aware of the very dire state of Hinault's knee. Later he recalled, "My Tour started badly. I was never really well. But everything hinged on the second week, after Bordeaux, where I won the time trial. Bernard Hinault had an off-day. Normally he was much stronger than me, but he had knee problems. I didn't know he was going to abandon…I said to myself, if I won the time trial, why can I not win in the mountains? Now I had my chance!"

The next day, the Tour stood poised at the foot of the Pyrenees with Hinault leading Zoetemelk by 21 seconds. Hinault said he would never quit the Tour in Yellow.

Yet, the pain was too much even for Hinault. At 10:30 PM on the evening before stage 13 Guimard interrupted the Tour directors' dinner to inform them that Hinault had to withdraw from the Tour. Hinault and Guimard knew that the next day's menu of the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde would be far too much for a limping man who was struggling on the flat stages. It was ironic that this was Guimard's duty. Guimard had to be lifted from his bicycle in tears in the 1972 Tour while in second place and holding the Green Jersey.

The lead was now the possession of Joop Zoetemelk. The first and only big Pyrenean day made it clear that Zoetemelk was not going to change his basic tactics. He continued to race not to win; instead he was riding not to lose. This negative, conservative approach had cost him dearly in years past. Now that he was in the lead and probably the strongest man with the strongest team in the Tour to ride for him, the Anquetil approach made sense. He let Miko rider Raymond Martin scamper away for a solo win (Martin was first over the 3 final climbs), but made sure dangerman Kuiper was kept close at hand. He came out of stage 13 with a 1 minute, 10 second lead over Kuiper. Zoetemelk, like Merckx before when he had inherited the lead from Ocaña, refused to wear the Yellow Jersey the first day he was in the lead.

After stage 13, the General Classification:

1. Joop Zoetemelk
2. Hennie Kuiper @ 1 minute 10 seconds
3. Raymond Martin @ 4 minutes 37 seconds
4. Johan De Muynck @ 6 minutes 53 seconds
5. Pierre Bazzo @ 7 minutes 10 seconds

Three days later the Tour moved to the Alps. Zoetemelk chose not to display his sparkling climbing skills, letting Belgian non-contender Jos Deschoenmaecker win stage 16 to Pra-Loup. His concern wasn't winning stages, it was not losing the Tour. 3 kilometers from the top of the Pra-Loup climb one of Zoetemelk's domestiques, Johan Vandevelde, had his gears slip, causing him to swerve and crash Zoetemelk. Cut on both his thigh and arm, Zoetemelk remounted and continued racing up the mountain. He did more than limit the damage, distancing himself from Kuiper by another 16 seconds, increasing his lead to 1 minute, 34 seconds.

Stage 17, on the Galibier. Van Impe is in the center in the blue and white jersey. Kuiper is right behind him in the white Peugeot jersey and trailing in Yellow is Zoetemelk.

The next day, with the Galibier, Madeleine and Joux-Plane, Zoetemelk showed the effects of the previous day's crash, coming off early in the stage. He was protected and paced by his fellow Raleigh-riding Dutchmen who kept him in contention all day. Other riders who didn't have a chance for Yellow in Paris flew up the hills. Zoetemelk was content to finish thirteenth, but a half-minute ahead of Kuiper. By riding carefully and conservatively, he was slowly building his lead.

Stage 17: This is surely Johan de Muynck, who was first over the Galibier but finished 12th that day.

On the third Alpine day he again let non-contenders fly, but he showed that he had plenty of strength, finishing with Lucien van Impe. Kuiper was clearly weakening, finishing fourteenth, 2½ minutes behind Zoetemelk.

With the major climbing finished, Zoetemelk was in control:

1. Joop Zoetemelk
2. Raymond Martin @ 5 minutes 22 seconds
3. Hennie Kuiper @ 5 minutes 35 seconds
4. Johan De Muynck @ 8 minutes 27 seconds

That left the stage 20 individual time trial as the only serious obstacle to Zoetemelk's victory. Held in St. Etienne, the center of what was then a thriving French cycle industry, Zoetemelk won his second time trial of the 1980 Tour, giving him a near bullet-proof lead with only 2 stages to go. Kuiper's fourth place that day was good enough to put him back in second overall.

By the end of the Tour, Zoetemelk had hammered out a commanding lead, one for which there should be no apologies.

Final General Classification of the 1980 Tour de France:

1. Joop Zoetemelk (TI-Raleigh): 109 hours 19 minutes 14 seconds
2. Hennie Kuiper (Peugeot) @ 6 minutes 55 seconds
3. Raymond Martin (Miko-Mercier) @ 7 minutes 56 seconds
4. Johan De Muynck (Splendor) @ 12 minutes 24 seconds
5. Joaquim Agostinho (Puch) @ 15 minutes 37 seconds

Climbers' Competition:

1. Raymond Martin: 223 points
2. Ludo Loos: 162 points
3. Ludo Peeters: 147 points

Points Competition:

1. Rudy Pevenage: 194 points
2. Sean Kelly: 153 points
3. Ludo Peeters: 148 points

Much has been made of the fact the Zoetemelk was an excellent racer, but not a patron, a leader, an alpha male. He did not have the commanding authority of Merckx, Hinault, or even his own teammate, Jan Raas. In that moment of inattention in stage 16 when Vandevelde caused Zoetemelk to crash, Zoetemelk was very nice and friendly about the whole episode and told Vandevelde not to worry, that these things happen. Marguerite Lazzell speculated that had Vandevelde crashed Hinault, the same generous sentiments would not have been expressed. Even after Zoetemelk took over the Tour lead, teammates Knetemann and Raas were the team's leaders, giving the riders their directions.

Zoetemelk has suffered a lot of criticism over his victory, saying that it was a gift because of Hinault's departure. Zoetemelk said it just about the best, "Surely winning the Tour is a question of health and robustness? If Hinault does not have that health and robustness and I have, that makes me a valid winner."

Hinault agreed, "There is no need for him to say that he won because I abandoned. That would take away from his victory. My problems were of my own making. It is always the absent rider who is at fault. I was absent and he took my place." Ah, the supreme, generous confidence of a born winner.

The Zoetemelk of 1980, like the post-Blois-crash Merckx, was not a racer at the peak of his powers. Jean-Paul Ollivier thinks Zoetemelk was at his best in 1974, before his Midi Libre crash and meningitis. His 1980 win at age 33 is a tribute to both his determination to return to the highest levels of competitive cycling and his persistence. He rode the Tour a total of 14 times, finishing every time. He ended up winning the Dutch and World Championships, the Vuelta, Paris–Nice, the Tour (and was second 6 times), the Tour of Romandie, Amstel Gold and a host of other important races. He was one of the finest racers to have ever turned a pedal.

Hinault recovered from his tendinitis soon enough to regain his form and win the World Road Championships that fall.