1996 Tour de France Podium Pennant

$90.00

Authentic 1996 Tour de France Podium Pennant. These pennants were used at the race and also given to select VIP’s who visited the race.

The 1996 Tour de France was won by Bjarne Riis by 1’47” over second-place finisher Jan Ullrich and 4’37 over third-place finisher Richard Virenque.

This Tour was noted by the “fall” of race favorite Miguel Indurain, ending his record run of five consecutive victories. The course included a stage through his home town Villaca however, he suffered from bronchitis because of the poor weather in the first week and was fined and penalized for accepting drinks illegally.  Indurain started to lose time in stage 7, and finally ended 11th failing to win a single stage or spend one day in the yellow jersey.

Size: 24 x 28 cm (9 1/2 x 11 inches)

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Over a decade after the 1996 Tour de France, several riders with The Telekom confessed to doping around the time of the 1996 tour, including support riders Rolf Aldag, Udo Bolts Christian Henn and  Brian Holm and team masseur Jef d’Hont has admitted in his autobiography that there was organized use of EPO in the team. In 2007, Erik Zabel admitted to using EPO during the first week of the race. The winner of the Tour, Bjarne Riis, admitted on 25 May 2007 that he also used EPO during the Tour, as a result, was asked by the International Cycling Union to return the yellow jersey he received.  So far, runner-up Jan Ullrich, who has been under suspicion of doping, has not commented on allegations that he also used EPO. Third place Richard Virenque and fourth place Laurent Dufaux were implicated in the Festina scandal in 1998.

Bjarne Riis is still officially listed as the winner on the 1996 Tour de France with an asterisk noting his confession of EPO use during the competition.

This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.