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Alex Stieda – North America’s First TdF Maillot Jaune!


We were there!

Viktor, Dave and I – when Canada’s Alex Stieda became the first North American to pull on the most famous and coveted jersey in professional cycling.

Le Tour 1986, Stage One and Stieda heads off up the road solo, the peloton lets him go – a Canadian? Paah!

But there’s method in his madness as he scoops up intermediate points and time bonuses along the way; and when the winning breakaway train of five catch him he has enough strength and presence of mind to purchase a ticket.

The break just holds of the screaming pack; Stieda grabs fifth behind Belgium’s Pol Verschuere – but those time bonuses have propelled the Canadian pursuiter into cycling history – he’s the maillot jaune.

Alex Stieda
Alex Stieda is the Maillot Jaune!

Here’s the ‘but’ – Stage Two is a TTT, the same afternoon as the morning Stage One and Stieda’s 7/11 squad pull off a fair impersonation of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, dropping six minutes to the mighty Systeme U équipe of Marie, Fignon, Mottet and Bondue.

The North Americans only managed to beat the two Columbian teams who endured an equally dismal day on the outsk