Frenchman Bernard Hinault and American teammate Greg Lemond renewed their friendly rivalry at the 1986 Tour de France bicycle race by sweeping the top two places in yesterday's individual time trial in the Nantes area.
Hinault, looking to capture a record sixth Tour, won the 38-mile time trial, the ninth stage, in 1 hour 18 minutes 46 seconds, beating Lemond by 44 seconds.
Denmark's Joergen Pedersen placed sixth to retain an overall lead of 1:05 over Carrera teammate Stephen Roche of Ireland, who was third in the time trial. Hinault, leader of the La Vie Claire team, moved into third place overall, 1:10 back.
"There is really no rivalry between Greg and me. If either of us wins, that's okay with me," said Hinault, 31, who last year tied Jacques Anquetil's and Eddie Merckx's record of five Tour de France victories. "So long as one of us has the leader's yellow jersey on the final day when we get back to Paris."
Hinault said after the 1985 race he would use the last Tour before he retires to help Lemond become the first U.S. champion. However, Hinault has indicated he may go for the record if Lemond falters.
"I was feeling very strong, but I know Bernard was in great shape and time trials are his specialty," said Lemond, 25, who finished second overall last year and third the year before. "I think he meant it when he said he would help me win, but if he shows that he is stronger in the mountains, it is he who will win."
After the time trial, the 23-stage race left Brittany and headed for the Pyrenees mountains.