Five great but forgotten Tour de France moments

For the last thirty years the Tour de France has been televised live with English commentary, which means hours of cycling brilliance have been recorded and can be relived whenever we wish.

There some famous memorable moments, like when Lance took an emergency detour through a field, or Ullrich taking a comic tumble descending the Peyresourde in 2001; when Indurain over took Armstrong wearing the World Champion Jersey in the 1994 Individual Time Trial; how about when Froome momentarily forgets to follow team orders on stage 17 of the 2012 Tour and and drops Bradley Wiggins or Giuseppe Guerini being taken out by a spectator as he attacks on Alpe d'Huez in '99.

We asked an expert panel of armchair pundits for their favourite but forgotten Tour de France moments and we've picked five clips to enjoy plus a bonus bizarre moments video too.

2009, Stage 13 - Haussler's tears in the pouring rain

A group of 7 got away early on stage 13. The route consisted of five categorised climbs which saw weather conditions deteriorate during the day. The bunch which feature Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong began to reel in the escapees. Haussler and two others managed to stay away from the peloton and gain a 9 minute advantage. Haussler descended magnificently dropping Frenchman Chavanel and Spainard Ruben Perez, leaving him ride the last 50km alone with the advancing peloton breathing down his neck.

2009, Stage 7 - Fabian's breakneck descending

The stage from Barcelona to Andorra is the first high mountain stage of the 2009 Tour. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellera had held the yellow jersey from day one and was keen to keep it for as long as possible. As the race passes over the second climb of the day Cancellara punctures and is dropped from peloton. He descends down the Port del Comte like a mad man, narrowly missing the cars in the race convoy in an effort to rejoin the the race.

2007, Stage 1 - A surprise in Canterbury

The last time the Tour visited the British Isles the sprint stage finished in Canterbury. Mark Cavendish crashed and was put out of contention. While the sprinter and former green jersey winner Robbie McEwen suffered and untimely puncture at 5km to go, will he make it back to the front of the race in time?

1997 Stage 2 - Cipo in full flight

A magnificent display of sprinting by Mario Cipollini wearing the yellow jersey during the early stages of the 1997 race. He begins his sprint placed about 20th. Cipo's impressive nagivation and instinct during the hectic sprint for the line shows just why 'the Lion King' dominated the flat stages during the late nineties and early 2000's.

1990, Stage 17 - Z Team ride Lemond back into the race

In the general classification, Chiappucci kept a slim lead of five seconds on LeMond, but a time trial still due, which was LeMond's specialty.

LeMond wanted to gain some more time and take the yellow jersey if possible. The 17th stage from Lourdes to Pau went over the Aubisque and the Marie-Blanque but there was a long descent and flat run-in to the finish. The plan was to put a couple of Z riders – Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle and Atle Kvalsvoll – in the early break, then for LeMond to attack Chiappucci on the climb, make contact with his team-mates and pull out some more time on the flat.

As they reached the Marie-Blanque, Duclos-Lassalle and Kvalsvoll were in a group that was more than seven minutes ahead. They were over the top and on the way down the other side when LeMond punctured on the climb. At that moment, Chiappucci, together with several Carrera team-mates, accelerated. Some of LeMond's team mates were in a break-away, and they were ordered to wait for LeMond so they could help him. They were not allowed to turn around and ride towards LeMond, so they had to wait for seven minutes until LeMond was with them. They all worked together and were able to get LeMond back to Chiappucci.

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