Tuesday, June 15, 2010


APPEL - French Text Book, HBJ 1983 cover photograph
1982 Tour De France Finish on Alp d'Huez

As a boy, my desire was to become a sports photojournalist. I was a big fan of Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Liefer. In 1981, I had already started to gravitate towards using photography for more personal means, but the opportunity arose to cover the Tour de France. It was the first year an American would race, so it was historic. I was also unaware of any American photographer to have ever covered the whole Tour, so that would be a first.

I ended up covering the Tour twice, in 1981 and 1982. I provided images to the New York Times, the L.A. Times, Bicycling Magazine , amongst many other publications.

It was a great experience and a wonderful way to see a lot of France!


Blogger note-book said...

So legendary stage in Tour de France, the arrival to Alpe D'Huez ! Every french spectators are looking this stage same if they're not really interesting by cyclism, as me more interesting by tennis and Roland Garros. In 82 Bernard Hinault won the Tour and in 83 Laurent Fignon...and in 89 the first american winner ( if i'm not wrong ) : Greg LeMond.
Unfortunatly, the legendary of this race is falling down more and more because of drogs. It's so sad.
But it should be so interesting for a french woman as me to know a little more of an american photographer's impression.

11:42 PM  
Blogger William Greiner said...

Yes, you are correct, Hinault won in both 1981 and 1982. It is (or was) a fantastic sporting event. I have fond memories of living on the Cote D'azur before the start in Nice in 81. The American who raced those years, Jacque (Jonathan) Boyer, was a teammate of Hinault.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Scott R Chamberlain said...

Those were the days!

2:24 AM  

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