In 1985 LeMond showed he could win the Tour de France. His teammate, Bernard Hinault, won that Tour and was his main competitor. During the stage to Luz Ardiden, Hinault had a bad day. Greg was in front with Stephen Roche and had a lead that was big enough to take over the yellow jersey of Hinault and win the Tour. But his "directeur sportif" told him to stay in the wheel of Roche so Hinault wouldn't loose too much time. Greg was furious because the opportunity to win the Tour was not approved by his own team. A few days later LeMond won the time trial at Lac de Vassiviere and became the first american stage winner in the history of the Tour. The combined jersey was just a consolation for a yellow one that could have been his.