There have been a lot of 'stars of the road' from Belgium, probably the best riders in the World. Ludovic Capelle had a lot of competition, but he still has a fine palmarès. Ed Hood had a chat with the man from Namur.
The late 70s and early 80s was a great time for cycling, there were many 'heroes of the road', not just Eddy Merckx, but a load of Belgians and Italians. Johan De Muynck was a classy rider, but he was up against the system that kept the top men... at the top. Ed Hood finds out more.
In the 80s and 90s there were a few Australian, British and American riders in the European Pro Peloton, but there were not many Japanese... and certainly none in a Grand Tour. Then Masatoshi Ichikawa came along and finished the 1990 Giro d'Italia, a first. Ed Hood found out more.
Behind every top rider, there is a team of helpers and one of the tough jobs is the mechanic... especially 30 years ago before air conditioned trucks and half a dozen mechanics per team. Steve Taylor was on the 1987 Tour de France with the ANC team, Ed Hood heard his story.
Barry Harvey was a Canadian star of the track in the 60s with National and Commonwealth Games medals round his neck and is now the subject of a new book ‘Inside Cycling’ on the shelves soon. Ed Hood spoke to Barry about his racing career and the production of one of the first titanium frames.