Introducing Re-Cycle: Eurosport's new cycling history podcast
Eurosport is delighted to announce the publication of a new podcast, Re-Cycle – a retrospective series on the most compelling, the most controversial and the most extraordinary riders and races in cycling history. Written by Felix Lowe and narrated by Graham Willgoss, the host of The Bradley Wiggins Show.
Building on the huge success of the Wiggins podcast, Eurosport is broadening its audio offering to bring cycling fans the greatest stories from the sport’s rich history, featuring iconic names like Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Bernard Hinault and some of the most famous, and infamous, cycling feats ever witnessed.
Launching with an initial run of 13 episodes, the first four of which are now available now to download or listen to, Re-Cycle is the first podcast to delve into the history of a sport rich in dramatic sporting tales.
A new episode of Re-Cycle will be published every Thursday morning until the end of January - giving cycling fans a regular fix during the off-season.
Episode 4: Fausto Coppi's majestic ride from Cuneo to Pinerolo
Last time out, we climbed to the Basilica San Luca with Fiorenzo Magni biting down on an innertube to distract him from the pain of a broken collarbone. Magni had, despite winning the Giro d’Italia three times, always lived in the shadow of his compatriots: Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. This time out, we’re on the road with Coppi himself – and his mythical long-range attack from Cuneo to Pinerolo that helped him win the 1949 Giro d’Italia.
Episode 3: The diabolic climb which made Magni bite the pain away
They say 666 is the number of the beast. Not that many riders to have taken on the monstrous climb to the Basilica San Luca in northern Italy need reminding. It’s a road that has staged some stand-out moments in the history of the Giro d’Italia – from Fiorenzo Magni’s grimacing heroics in 1956 to Simon Gerrans dropping Chris Froome in 2009.
Episode 2: Hinault soloes to glory in 'Neige-Bastogne-Neige'
In the second episode of Re-Cycle, we look back at the freezing 1980 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in which Bernard Hinault braved blizzards and snow to win by almost 10 minutes from a field of just 21 finishers.
Episode 1: When there were two winners of Paris-Roubaix
How did it come to be that the official list of Paris-Roubaix winners exceeds the number of races by one? We revisit the controversy that saw Frenchman André Mahé and Italy's Serse Coppi both win – at least officially – the 47th edition of the Hell of the North.