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5 Disc Set approx. 590min.
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The armchair critics said winning five Tours in a row wasn’t possible. That no rider could handle the pressure, year-in, year-out. That a time triallist, no matter how gifted, would always succumb in the Tour’s dreaded mountain stages. That at some point, a rider will always crack. That masks always fall. Miguel Indurain proved them wrong. Peerless time trialling, strategic masterstrokes and above all a refusal ever to show any kind of pain or vulnerability earned Indurain five Tour de France triumphs - the first rider to do so. And 15 years after he last stood in yellow on the Champs Elysées, Indurain’s victories are every bit as enthralling as they were back when all-conquering Miguel ‘The Spanish Alien’ effortlessly ruled the world of cycling - with an iron fist.
1991: Indurain’s first triumph sees ‘Big Mig’ depose American triple winner Greg LeMond and outwit Italian climbing genius Claudio Chiappucci, by Indurain’s own admission, his greatest ever enemy. But Indurain’s rise to power seems pre-ordained as he relentlessly soars towards the race’s final time trial - and into the history books
1992: At the height of his powers, Indurain’s time trial at Luxemberg is still rated the most devastating ever in Tour de France history. Only Claudio Chiapucci’s epic lone breakaway across seven Alpine cols challenged the Spaniard’s authority. But by then, it was too late, and Indurain had his most dominating win wrapped up. Also features a classic Alpe D’Huez victory for America’s top climber, Andy Hampsten.
1993: Every year Miguel Indurain faced a fresh wave of rivals and in 1993, former accountant Toni Rominger of Switzerland, threw down the gauntlet with a vengeance. Whilst a certain Lance Armstrong ambushed the veterans for his first Tour stage win, Rominger netted searing back-to-back victories in the Alps and made an all-out charge away on the toughest climb of the Pyrenees. Yet Indurain - somehow - had to find the way to claw his way back into contention.
1994: Who said Miguel Indurain never attacked in the mountains? HIs fourth Tour de France win came thanks to a dramatic switch of tactics, as Indurain and future World Champion Luc Leblanc go on the rampage in the rainswept Pyrenees. For a peerless exercise in three-week racing strategy, Indurain’s masterclass in the 1994 cannot be matched.
1995: When Miguel Indurain makes a knock-out early blow in the Ardennes - “it was like following a motorbike” was how Armstrong’s future manager, Johan Bruyneel would describe his efforts to follow him - the Tour de France seems as good as decided. But then a mass attack by rivals ONCE leaves Indurain up against the ropes and his fifth straight win seems less certain than ever before.