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Stephen Roche. Old school.

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"At crashes, riders fall and spend five minutes on the ground straightening up their shirt and tie and making sure everything is okay before getting back on the bike again," he says. "You should be getting back on as fast as possible and then realise your shoulder is broken. They aren’t getting back on straight away, they’re waiting because they know there's a car to tow them back on. Its not ethically right, it’s a form of cheating and it confuses the public." I'm good with that. Tell'em, Stephen.

Giro '87: The Sappada Affair

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The stats tell you that the 1987 Giro d'Italia was as a pretty dull affair. Three men wore the maglia rosa during the race, two from one team. It sounds processional, boring and dull. But the 1987 C...

Paris-Nice – Le Championnat d'Irlandais

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For eight years in the eighties, Paris-Nice was an Irish race. Between Stephen Roche's win in 1981 and Sean Kelly's last visit to the top step of the podium in 1988, no other nation took victory in...

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The Curse Of The Yellow Jersey

A lot of people wither on endlessly about the so-called curse of the World Champion's rainbow jersey. But what of the curse of the Tour de France's yellow jersey? Most commentators will tell you it...

Tales from Lombardia: King of the Classics

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A photograph. Black and white. Little things about it catch your attention. The toe-traps. The cables snaking up out of the brake levers. It doesn't look like the eighties - the era of tri-bars,...

A Worlds Tale: Stephen Roche, Villach, Austria, 1987

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The record books only tell you so much. They tell you that Stephen Roche won the World Championship road race in 1987. They may even tell you it was the crowning glory in a year which had already...

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Tour of Ireland: 27-31 August

Wednesday sees the second edition of the resurrected Tour of Ireland – or an Cuairt na hÉireann as the gaelgóirí in the house might think it should be called – rolling off from Dublin's Docklands....

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