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Beat Breu remembers his 1982 Tour de France victory

It’s July 20, 1982. Beat Breu, a 24-year-old from Tour de France, sets off on a mission in Orcières, France. He wants to be the first Swiss to conquer the Alps d’Huez, to beat the legendary mountain. “My sports director said at the time: ‘If I win today, you will be immortalized in the history books!'” Breu recalls. It didn’t relieve the pressure, but it didn’t break me.” And indeed: St. Gallen managed to achieve this, triumphing at 1,850 meters above sea level – to be the first Swiss and to this day the last Swiss.

Now the tour returns to Alpe d’Huez. For the 31st time, the 21 “devil curves”, as the distinctive serpentines are called, lead to the finish line. Pro: Unfortunately, the four Swiss are not shy in the Tour de France. So I will likely remain the last Swiss winner of the Alpe d’Huez for at least another year.”