Eurosport's new cycling history podcast, Re-Cycle, focuses this week on one of the all-time greats, and what would have been a truly amazing achievement. Written by Felix Lowe and narrated by Graham Willgoss.
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.
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 9: When Eddy Merckx almost won two Tour de France stages in one day
In the latest episode of Re-Cycle, we look back at the year the greatest road cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx, broke rival Luis Ocana by almost winning two stages in one day during the 1972 Tour de France.
Episode 8: The story of the first ever maillot jaune
One hundred years after the introduction of the first yellow jersey, the latest in our historical Re-Cycle series looks back at the creation of one of the most iconic symbols in the world of sport. We delve into the origins of the fabled maillot jaune – first worn by the Frenchman Eugène Christophe on 19th July 1919...
Episode 7: When Britain's first Tour stage winner blew the field away in 1959
In this episode of Re-Cycle, we doff our cap to Brian Robinson, Britain's first ever Tour de France stage winner courtesy of a remarkable solo win on Stage 20 in the 1959 race.
Episode 6: The day the entire Belgian team walked out on the Tour
This time out we’re going back to 1937, when defending Tour de France champion Sylvère Maes withdrew from the race with his entire Belgian team while wearing the yellow jersey – just days away from Paris. Yes, really...
Episode 5: Andy Hampsten and 'The Day the Hard Men Cried'
From one extreme breakaway to another, and this time out we’re riding with Andy Hampsten, who – with the help of sheep's wool fat and neoprene diving gloves – conquered the snow-capped Gavia to become the first American to don the maglia rosa in 1988. It was the day that did more than any other to make Hampsten the first and only American to win the Giro – and a stage otherwise known as ‘The Day the Hard Men Cried’.
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.