Up Close: Tour de France, 1982 A closer view of Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert's iconic image of the peloton delayed by protesting farmers

In 1982 Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert was commissioned by oil company Elf to cover the final week of that year’s Tour de France – when the riders of the most well-known and demanding three-week cycling race are tested by a few gruelling stages in the Alps, before they roll, battered and bruised, into Paris. Here, held up by protesting farmers en route to Alpe d’Huez, the peloton took the opportunity to rest their legs. Uncharacteristically, race leader and five-time Tour winner, Bernard Hinault, who would often come to blows with the protestors that regularly targeted the race, kept his fists to himself.

Harry Gruyere shoots the 1982 Tour de France

Photography: Harry Gruyaert

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