USA’s First Tour Rider Interview: The USA has had a checkered Tour history, high points with wins from Greg Lemond, and… Well, we know the depths, but who was the first man from the US to ride the Big One? Ed Hood spoke to Jonathan sometimes ‘Jock’ or ‘Jacques’ Boyer. With the Tour bosses; Lévitan and Goddet There may not be as many US riders in the 2020 Tour de France as there have been in some recent editions but three men from ‘across the pond’ started in Nice two Saturdays ago; EF have Tejay Van Garderen and relentless breakaway artist, Neilson Powless, whilst maillot jaune Primoz has climbing ace Sep Kuss in his super-strong Jumbo-Visma squad.
But who was the first US rider to tackle the ‘Grande Boucle?’ Tour’81
Utah-born Jonathan Boyer was that man, we caught up with him a few years back to discuss his career, at that time he was heavily involved in coaching and mentoring riders in Rwanda a country he still has close ties with.
There were other ‘Euro Dogs’ before Jonathan Boyer, but he was the first US rider to ride and finish the world’s biggest bike race, something he did on five occasions, with a 12th place in 1983 as his best finish. He won stages in the Tour de Suisse and Tour de l’Avenir and produced outstanding rides in the world pro road race championships on more than one occasion. Despite being very much an individual he rode as part of some […]