Au bout du rouleau

Wiggins, Cavendish ….. Simpson? All British cyclists who won the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award. But Simpson will forever be associated with the Tour de France and Mont Ventoux after perishing on its slopes during a stage when the temperature on the road reached 54 degrees centigrade while fuelling himself on a cocktail of brandy and amphetamines.

tom simpsonThe Telegraph tells the story well and it’s well worth a read for an insight into one of the Tour’s original drugs scandals and the death of a national sporting hero.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/brendangallagher/2316933/Tom-Simpson-haunts-Tour-40-years-on.html

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