1975 – 1980 Enter The Badger

1975 – 1980 Enter The Badger

1975 LES NOUVEAUTES “Au soleil, sous la pluie A midi ou a minuit Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysees” Joe Dassin “Les Champs Elysees“ It’s one of the most iconic finishes in all sport – the ribbon of riders diving down the underpass and emerging onto the cobbles of the grand … Continue reading

1968-1975 Days of the Cannibal

1968-1975 Days of the Cannibal

1968 TOUR DE LA SANTE It started, symbolically, in Vittel – the spa town synonymous with the water bottled there (that has, coincidentally, been one of the partners of the Tour since 2001). The directeurs and the riders, realising that heads could no longer remain in the sand after the Simpson tragedy, declared they’d be happy to submit … Continue reading

1961-1967 From Triumph to Tragedy

1961-1967 From Triumph to Tragedy

1961 RETURN OF THE MASTER It was over before it began, really. Jacques Anquetil had been saying since the winter “I’m going to win the Tour de France” and he did, wearing the Maillot Jaune from the first day to the last – though Andre Darrigade wore it in the morning of the 25 June, winning stage … Continue reading

1956 – 1960 5 Tours, 5 Champions

1956 – 1960 5 Tours, 5 Champions

1956 ROGER WALKOWIAK AND THE ECHAPE BIDON Who doesn’t love a long, lone breakaway? Picking out the red dossard of the winner of the prix de la Comabtivite? Cheering on the plucky underdog as he tries manfully, often hopelessly, to resist the might of the peloton bearing down on him? There is something extraordinary about watching the escape … Continue reading

1951-1955 Glory Days

1951-1955 Glory Days

   1951 LE PEDALEUR DE CHARME This tale can only be about one man – Wim Van Est. And of course Hugo Koblet. We’ll give a tip of the hat to ‘wrong way’ Zaaf who would emerge as the race’s lanterne rouge and lament the mass abandon of the Netherlands team on stage 14. The race would … Continue reading