Fresh off his recent victory in the Tour of Italy, Bernard Hinault wanted to follow in the footsteps of Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil by winning the Giro and Tour back to back. And he did. Cruising through one of his most comfortable Tours, Hinault won no less than four stages and spent a full 10 days in the yellow jersey. Hinault so dominated the event that he even managed to win the sprint on the final stage down the Champs-Elysées.
Although Bernard Hinault captured the headlines win his convincing victory, English-speaking riders also got their fair share of ink as they had their best Tours ever. Australia's Phil Anderson again grabbed the yellow jersey for a spell and was the best young rider at the end of the race, while Ireland's Sean Kelly took home the green points jersey.
The Orchies - Fontaine-au-Pirée team time trial is cancelled due to a strikers protest and replaced with the Lorient - Plumelec stage.
Last rider: Devos (125th), 3 h 4 min. 44 sec. behind.
With four victories, Hinault surpasses Bobet.
Four towns host the Tour for the first time.
Princess Grace of Monaco dies in a freak car accident; Margaret Thatcher sends troops to the Falkland Islands; the compact disc makes its first appearance in Japan.