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January 17, 1988 | ANDREW WARSHAW, Associated Press
When Stephen Roche decided to give up his job as a maintenance worker in a suburban Dublin dairy and move to France as a professional bike racer, there were more than a few skeptics. "People said I'd get as far as the Eiffel Tower, go once round it, and come home again," Roche said. Six years later, the charismatic Irishman with the curly black hair and deep blue eyes is still living in France--as the world's undisputed No. 1 cyclist.
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July 22, 1992 | STEVEN G. BRUNNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ireland's Stephen Roche held good on his word Tuesday, displaying the form that made him Tour de France champion in 1987 as he won this year's 132-mile stage from St. Etienne to La Bourboule. On Sunday, Roche had advised the three newspaper reporters from Ireland not to return home yet, even though their editors were requesting them to do so. "I told them to stick around until La Bourboule, because I still planned on winning one for ol' Ireland," Roche said.
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June 13, 1987
Britain's Robert Millar won the 21st and next-to-last stage of the Italian cycling tour, edging overall leader Stephen Roche of Ireland at the finish line by three seconds.
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May 31, 1989
Lech Piasecki of Poland won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy bicycle race by edging Erik Breukink of the Netherlands by 25 seconds. Breukink regained the overall lead during the 23-mile stage from Pesaro to Riccione. Stephen Roche of Ireland finished third, 33 seconds behind Piasecki's time of 46 minutes 18 seconds.
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May 31, 1989
Lech Piasecki of Poland won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy bicycle race by edging Erik Breukink of the Netherlands by 25 seconds. Breukink regained the overall lead during the 23-mile stage from Pesaro to Riccione. Stephen Roche of Ireland finished third, 33 seconds behind Piasecki's time of 46 minutes 18 seconds.
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May 30, 1989 | From Times wire services
Lech Piasecki of Poland won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy cycling championships today, edging Erik Breukink of the Netherlands, who regained the overall lead. Stephen Roche of Ireland finished third in the race against the clock over a hilly 23-mile stage from Pesaro to Riccione. Piasecki covered the distance in 46 minutes and 48 seconds. Breukink trailed him by 25 seconds and Roche by 33. However, Breukink's time was enough to snatch the pink jersey of the overall leader away from Acacio Da Silva of Portugal, who took it away from him on Monday.
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July 22, 1992 | STEVEN G. BRUNNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ireland's Stephen Roche held good on his word Tuesday, displaying the form that made him Tour de France champion in 1987 as he won this year's 132-mile stage from St. Etienne to La Bourboule. On Sunday, Roche had advised the three newspaper reporters from Ireland not to return home yet, even though their editors were requesting them to do so. "I told them to stick around until La Bourboule, because I still planned on winning one for ol' Ireland," Roche said.
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July 21, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Stephen Roche of Ireland took the lead of the Tour de France bicycle race Monday by finishing second on the 19th stage in a breakaway with Pedro Delgado of Spain. Delgado won the 115-mile stage in the Alps from Valreas in 4 hours 53 minutes 34 seconds, with Roche three seconds behind. Marino Lajaretta and Anselmo Fuerte of Spain and Charles Mottet of France came in 30 seconds later. Luis Herrera of Colombia finished sixth, 1:05 back.
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July 1, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Stephen Roche, an Irishman long overshadowed by compatriot Sean Kelly, begins the 26-day Tour de France bicycle race today as the favorite on a rugged course that favors mountain climbers over flat-road riders. Colombia's Luis Herrera, winner of the Tour of Spain in the spring and widely considered the world's best mountain rider, is expected to give Roche a close fight to see who will succeed defending champion Greg LeMond, the first winner ever from the United States.
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July 5, 1986 | United Press International
French sprint specialist Thierry Marie, riding a newly designed, wind-resistant bicycle, won the 2.86-mile prolog to the Tour de France by less than a second over Belgian Eric Vanderaerden Friday. Defending champion Bernard Hinault, looking for a record sixth Tour victory in the 73rd annual bicycle race, was third in the prolog, two seconds behind Marie. Top contenders American Greg Lemond and Frenchman Laurent Fignon also finished in the top 10.
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May 30, 1989 | From Times wire services
Lech Piasecki of Poland won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy cycling championships today, edging Erik Breukink of the Netherlands, who regained the overall lead. Stephen Roche of Ireland finished third in the race against the clock over a hilly 23-mile stage from Pesaro to Riccione. Piasecki covered the distance in 46 minutes and 48 seconds. Breukink trailed him by 25 seconds and Roche by 33. However, Breukink's time was enough to snatch the pink jersey of the overall leader away from Acacio Da Silva of Portugal, who took it away from him on Monday.
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January 17, 1988 | ANDREW WARSHAW, Associated Press
When Stephen Roche decided to give up his job as a maintenance worker in a suburban Dublin dairy and move to France as a professional bike racer, there were more than a few skeptics. "People said I'd get as far as the Eiffel Tower, go once round it, and come home again," Roche said. Six years later, the charismatic Irishman with the curly black hair and deep blue eyes is still living in France--as the world's undisputed No. 1 cyclist.
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July 27, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Four days ago, Stephen Roche collapsed of exhaustion, paid a penalty of 10 seconds for snatching at two unauthorized canteens of water and held no better than second place in the Tour de France. But the cycling experts believed that the odds were with him.
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July 21, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Stephen Roche of Ireland took the lead of the Tour de France bicycle race Monday by finishing second on the 19th stage in a breakaway with Pedro Delgado of Spain. Delgado won the 115-mile stage in the Alps from Valreas in 4 hours 53 minutes 34 seconds, with Roche three seconds behind. Marino Lajaretta and Anselmo Fuerte of Spain and Charles Mottet of France came in 30 seconds later. Luis Herrera of Colombia finished sixth, 1:05 back.
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July 1, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Stephen Roche, an Irishman long overshadowed by compatriot Sean Kelly, begins the 26-day Tour de France bicycle race today as the favorite on a rugged course that favors mountain climbers over flat-road riders. Colombia's Luis Herrera, winner of the Tour of Spain in the spring and widely considered the world's best mountain rider, is expected to give Roche a close fight to see who will succeed defending champion Greg LeMond, the first winner ever from the United States.
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June 13, 1987
Britain's Robert Millar won the 21st and next-to-last stage of the Italian cycling tour, edging overall leader Stephen Roche of Ireland at the finish line by three seconds.
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July 27, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Four days ago, Stephen Roche collapsed of exhaustion, paid a penalty of 10 seconds for snatching at two unauthorized canteens of water and held no better than second place in the Tour de France. But the cycling experts believed that the odds were with him.
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July 5, 1986 | United Press International
French sprint specialist Thierry Marie, riding a newly designed, wind-resistant bicycle, won the 2.86-mile prolog to the Tour de France by less than a second over Belgian Eric Vanderaerden Friday. Defending champion Bernard Hinault, looking for a record sixth Tour victory in the 73rd annual bicycle race, was third in the prolog, two seconds behind Marie. Top contenders American Greg Lemond and Frenchman Laurent Fignon also finished in the top 10.
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