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Louise Garbett – the First Ever Tour Féminin White Jersey Winner

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Our chum, Paul Kilbourne whose excellent pieces about the legendary ANC team you’ll have read if you’re a VeloVeritas regular has brought to our attention a little known piece of British cycling history…

A just turned 19 years-old cyclist, finishing the biggest race in the world on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and being escorted to a podium along with Laurent Fignon and Greg Lemond.

That’s got to be very many teenage cyclists’ dream – but it actually happened.

On 17 July 1984, after 18 Stages of Le Grand Boucle Féminin Great Britain rider, Louise Garbett, mounted the podium to receive the overall White Jersey for the first Tour de France Feminin.

The first ever female cyclist in the world to win that jersey.

With a new Women’s Tour de France announced for 2022, Paul felt that this part of the history of international women’s racing was a story that ought to be told, and caught up with Louise, now Louise Moore.

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By Paul Kilbourne