The prologue of the 1992 Tour de France was in San Sebastian, close to defending champion Miguel Indurain’s home. Indurain won the prologue, with newcomer Alex Zülle in second place. In the first stage, Zülle won a time bonus in an intermediate sprint, and became the new race leader.
In the second stage, Richard Virenque, another newcomer who was a late addition to his team, was part of a two-man escape that stayed away and took over the lead. The yellow jersey of the leader changed owner again after the third stage when a group of ten cyclists stayed away, and Pascal Lino a teammate of Virenque became the new leader. In the team time trial of stage four, RMO-Onet lost time to the teams specialized in team time trials, but Lino’s lead was large enough to remain leader.
In the time trial in stage nine, Indurain took his chance to win back time on Lino and Virenque and his rivals: Indurain won the stage, three minutes faster than all other cyclists. This time trial victory is sometimes seen as Indurain’s career-defining moment.
The major mountain stages were stages 13 and 14. Chiappucci won stage 13, and won back some time on Indurain who finished in third place; Chiappucci climbed to the second place in the general classification. In the fourteenth stage, Chiappucci and Indurain finished together. After this stage, Indurain lead the race with only Chiappucci within two minutes; all other cyclists were more than eight minutes behind. With no big mountain stages remaining, the only stage that was likely to create time differences between the favourites was the time trial in stage nineteen. Indurain, being a time trial specialist, won that stage, and increased his margin to more than four minutes.
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