I've linked to this several times, but I didn't realise that it's an outtake from a short documentary, directed by Louis Malle! You can see the entire documentary, without subtitles on vimeo, and you can find a transcript of the text here. Haven't watched the whole thing yet, but the transcript has the explicitly dealing with doping around the 10.30 mark.
Nope, that was another reason Christophe didn't win in 1919. People felt so sorry for him after the broken fork episode and the p-fairy visits, that they raised a fund for him greater than the purse for the TDF. (Jean -Paul Ollivier, Maillot Jaune)Didn't look like the tyres/tubs were too reliable in those days!
Eugene Christophe. I think the penalty was of the order of 15 minutes but fixing the fork took several hours.I know one was penalised because he had the blacksmiths son operating the bellows on the forge for him. Whilst he fixed the bike.
How times change.
Thanks for that, I've been after that picture of the three up sprint since it featured on the cover of a Madison Freewheel catalogue (How we ordered stuff pre internet) back in the eighties. It's now my desktop wallpaper.Don't know if this has already been posted, but the Grauniad put up some pictures to celebrate the Badger's 60th birthday last week, here: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2014/nov/14/bernard-hinault-cycling-in-pictures
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