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Tour de France: the day when … Pedro Delgado lost the yellow jersey at the Lido

He remains one of the (many) controversial winners in the history of the Tour. Tested positive for probenecid – a diuretic that masks the use of anabolic steroids – during the test, the Spanish Pedro Delgado passed between the drops because the product was on the list of products banned by the Olympic Committee (CIO) but not yet on that of the UCI, the international federation.

At another time, he would have been out of the race. But Delgado kept his "mayo iaune" as far as Paris, as Sevillian said it so nicely with his Iberian accent. Finally keep it, it's a way of talking because Delgado has … lost the famous overcoat for having over-watered.

The mystery continues, 31 years after …

On July 24, 1988, after arriving on the Champs-Élysées, Delgado and his team headed to Lido, the famous cabaret at 116 Avenue. It is here that the winners are accustomed to celebrate their triumph in yellow between girls, sequins and glasses of champagne.

That evening, Delgado may have a little too much bubble. In the middle of the evening, by popular demand, he climbs onto the stage, takes a good bath with the crowd taking with him (not on him) the precious tunic to show off. When he comes down again, the Spaniard realizes that the jersey, received on the podium, is no longer in his hands. Lost, stolen, fallen to the ground and then recovered? The mystery continues today, 31 years after …

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