Thirty-five years ago, back in the late 80s, the 7-Eleven team from the US and Britain's ANC-Halfords squad were still a bit of a novelty. We take a retro look at the Amstel Gold Race Dutch Classic in 1987 through the lens of Cor Vos.
Twenty years before the multi-million pound Sky Team rode the WorldTour, there was another 'ground breaking' British team that took on the Continentals in their own back-yard. The ANC team had its eventual problems, but it showed what was possible. One high point was Malcolm Elliott's 3rd place in the 1987 Amstel Gold Race.
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.
Adrain Timmis has been in the bike game for a long time, from schoolboy to Olympian and on to be a continental professional and a Tour de France rider. Thanks to Adrian for giving Ed Hood the opportunity for a good chat about his career and life in two parts.
Ed's Style Council: Ed Hood has been ruminating over the falling standards of the style seen on the roads the last few years. There are some rules that must be followed, even the normally trend setting Belgians have started to pull their socks over their leg-warmers/tights, just NO! Ed tackles the style faux pas, the right and the absolutely wrong.
Interview: Before the likes of Sky and Ineos, there was a British Pro team in the Tour de France. There had been National teams in the French Grand Tour, but when the organisers returned to sponsored teams, it looked like the dream of a 'British' équipe had gone. Then came along Tony Capper and ANC. Mickey Morrison was in there at the start of the 1987 Tour Journey.