following is the story of the 1983 Tour de France
and Laurent Fignon's 1983 team Gitane.
authentication, dated 1983.
The first fortnight run on mainly flat stages were a
predictable happy hunting ground for the sprinters.
Stage seven saw a popular sprint win by Italian
Riccardo Magrini, who apparently gave quite a
good performance on the podium.
Simplex LJ 4000 CP/SP Team Edition Rear Derailleur.
This is a factory modified version of the Simplex 4000CP,
Drilled aluminum pulley cage, delrin pulleys, alloy pulley axles,
bringing the weight to a very respectable 145 grams.
a moment, as the next day was a brutal thinning
out of pretenders over the Pyrenees.
UK enthusiasts were rewarded with a awesome
climbing display by Robert Miller, who became the
first British rider to win a major mountain stage
in the TdF.
The stage also had also seen another Peugeot rider,
Pascal Simon ride himself into yellow.
An indication of how tough was the days racing, was the
retirement of twelve riders and three being eliminated
for being outside the time limit.
needed to return the bike to it's original spec's.
First up was a Stronglight 107 crankset.
Cinelli XA stem and bars, and of course some
3ttt yellow bar tape and yellow cable...
...the only thing I couldn't find was some undrilled black
Modolo brake levers, so drilled ones will have to
suffice for now,
Stage ten had transformed the race into a real battle, Simon
was positioned nicely with a strong team in Peugeot, while
the contenders to fight him for his jersey remained plentiful.
Then the very next day, tragedy struck the Peugeot squad,
while sitting in the bunch, Simon. with a touch of wheels,
crashed into a ditch with Jackie Boyer.
Simon finished the stage assisted by team mates,
but was obviously very hurt.
Simon held on for four days to his precious jersey, including
courageously defending it over a 15.5km mountain time trial.
however the writing was on the wall,
and time was running out for Pascal Simon.
Simons epic TT ride, endeared him into the hearts
of all French fans.
(Then head doctor on the Tour de France)
...and the history books.
for the remaining tour to become the youngest
winner of the TdF since 1933.
finding one of Fignon's '83 team bikes.
I cannot say for sure that this was one of his tour bikes, but
as I mentioned earlier the build date certainly makes it a very
Modolo Master Pro calipers, one of the nicest brakes
of the period, would love to get a set for one of my 'riding' bikes.
The 'professor' Laurent Fignon one of the
last of the great classic riders at the end
of a classic era.