Onward to his first l'Alpe win, 1981 Tour.
The 2013 Tour de France will be special.
It's the centennial edition and the big party will be held entirely in France. It will begin on the French island of Corsica on June 29 and end with an evening finish on the Champs-Elysees on July 21. The most significant change is stage 18, the historic Alpe d'Huez is back, not once but twice. The first passage to the top of Alpe d'Huez will take place 50 kms before the finish at Alpe d'Huez. It's 21 steep switchbacks will be climbed twice... the true test.
The Tour first visited l'Alpe back in 1952, won by the elegance and class of campionissimo Fausto Coppi. Alpe'd'Huez is the 'Dutch Mountain', a Dutchman having won eight of the first 14 finishes.
Two-time winner, Peter Winnen triumph in 1981 and 1983. In 1981, his first attempt in theTour, Winnen had a special bike delivered to him the morning of the stage. A lighter version Koga Miyata was delivered to him at the stage start. Winnen made good and rode it to victory.
Peter Winnen's 1981 Alpe d'Huez winning Koga Miyata displayed
in the Koga canteen.
photo: Ben Atkins/Cycling News.