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A Day in Yellow: Alex Stieda

Back in 1986, Alex Stieda started his very first Tour with the very last race number in the peloton — 210 — pinned to his back. The Canadian surged to the top of the general classification in the first mass-start stage, beating LeMond to the punch to become the first North American rider to lead the Tour de France.

Ian Steel – Tour de France Pioneer

Tour Rider Feature: Ed Hood looks back at the career of Scotland's first Tour de France rider - Ian Steel. 1955 was the year, and Steel was part of the first Great Britain team in Tour history that lined up on July the 7th in Le Havre on the Normandy coast. That Tour wasn't his best race, but the 'Peace Race' of 1952 probably was. Ed has tells his story.

Geraint Thomas’ First Tour Revisited!

Retro Talk: With the 2019 Tour de France about to launch itself down the start ramp in Brussels, Ed Hood looks back at the French Grand Tour of 2007 and his chat with a young Welshman in his first three week race - Geraint Thomas. Whatever became of that young lad from the valleys?

John Kennedy – Tour de France Pioneer

Tour Rider Feature: From Robert Millar, Ed Hood has gone further back in cycling history to tell us all about another pioneering Scot. John Kennedy rode the 1960 Tour de France alongside Tom Simpson and all the stars of the day. His cycling led him to live in Belgium and marry a local beauty, Ed has unearthed the story of one of the first Scotsmen to ride the Tour.

A Day in Yellow: Tom Simpson

Years before he met a tragic end on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour, Tom Simpson had become the first British rider ever to wear the yellow jersey in 1962.

A Day in Yellow: Andrea Carrea

In the 1952 Tour de France, Andrea Carrea, a domestique riding for Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in the Italian team, burst into tears as he pulled on the yellow jersey, saying that he was not worthy of an honour meant for his leaders.