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Welcome to Re-Cycle, by Eurosport – a retrospective series on the most compelling, the most controversial and the most extraordinary riders and races in cycling history. Written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.


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Welcome to Re-Cycle, by Eurosport – a retrospective series on the most compelling, the most controversial and the most extraordinary riders and races in cycling history. Written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.


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    'Hell starts here' - When Jimenez won the first ascent of the Angliru

    'Hell starts here' - When Jimenez won the first ascent of the Angliru

    The fearsome Angliru immediately became a Vuelta a España legend on its introduction to the race in 1999, when Spanish climber José María Jiménez was first to conquer the mountain. We remember a mythical win shrouded in fog and controversy.
    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.
    That's it for our 2020 run - we will be back for more trips down cycling's memory lane in 2021 but if you enjoyed this season of Re-Cycle, please do rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.

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    • 37 min
    Fans spat at him, tried to shove umbrellas into his spokes: When Caritoux overcame not just the odds to win La Vuelta by the narrowest grand tour margin

    Fans spat at him, tried to shove umbrellas into his spokes: When Caritoux overcame not just the odds to win La Vuelta by the narrowest grand tour margin

    Just when you thought Tao Geoghegan Hart’s Giro d’Italia victory over Jai Hindley was a close-run thing, we rewind to the 80’s and the closest a GC battle has ever been
    In 1984, French rookie Éric Caritoux was called up at the 11th hour to replace the legendary Sean Kelly and make his Vuelta a España debut. He would defy a hostile home crowd, take the race to the wire and top the GC by just six seconds.
    As it became clear that Caritoux would push local favourite, Alberto Fernández to the line fans insulted him, spat at him, doused him in cold water, threw newspapers at his wheels, and pelted him with rotten fruit. Some even tried to shove umbrellas into his spokes.
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    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. This episode was edited by Ola Fisayo.

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    • 35 min
    'Until he'd killed the bull, he wasn't happy' - The riddle of Ocana's only Vuelta victory

    'Until he'd killed the bull, he wasn't happy' - The riddle of Ocana's only Vuelta victory

    On the 50th anniversary of Luis Ocaña's breakthrough 1970 Vuelta a España title, we recall the first Grand Tour of the volatile Spaniard’s colourful career – and ask why it did not lead to more triumphs for the nearly-man Eddy Merckx thought of as his biggest threat...
    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. Please like, review and subscribe on your podcast platform of choice.
    This is the first of three Vuelta episodes to finish our 2020 season.

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    • 33 min
    'The most beautiful surprise of my life': When Kelly’s cool head set up Roche’s Triple Crown victory

    'The most beautiful surprise of my life': When Kelly’s cool head set up Roche’s Triple Crown victory

    Nerves of steel from the Irish underdogs saw Stephen Roche ride to the Rainbow Jersey at the 1987 World Championships, becoming only the second man in history after Eddy Merckx to wear it after winning the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. But he got a big helping hand from Sean Kelly.
    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. This episode was edited by Ola Fisayo.

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    • 27 min
    Putting the 'Great' into Great Britain: When Tom Simpson conquered the world

    Putting the 'Great' into Great Britain: When Tom Simpson conquered the world

    A mix of leg power, cunning and killer instinct from charismatic Yorkshireman Tom Simpson saw him outkick Rudi Altig to take the Rainbow Jersey in San Sebastian. Felix Lowe winds back the clock to 1965, when Major Tom banished British cycling's inferiority complex.
    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. This episode was edited by Ola Fisayo.
    Please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice - and don't miss next week's second World Champs episode...

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    • 30 min
    'He wrote the legend of the Tour': The remarkable tale of Alex Virot

    'He wrote the legend of the Tour': The remarkable tale of Alex Virot

    An artist and adventurer who flew planes and crossed oceans; an intrepid reporter who rubbed shoulders with presidents, kings, popes and dictators; a pioneering broadcaster who brought the Tour to life, and in doing so, paid with his own.
    In this week's Re-Cycle, we remember the remarkable figure of Alex Virot...
    Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.

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    • 27 min

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