'Terrible! Unimaginable!' - The day Eddy Merckx's reign finally ended
Season 2, Ep. 12
A desperate Eddy Merckx's seemingly indomitable grip on the Maillot Jaune was prised loose when Bernard Thévenet reeled in The Cannibal on the climb to Pra Loup at the 1975 Tour de France. We recall the punches, punctures and brutal controversy for Re-Cycle.Written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Next week, it's time to revisit one of the all-time villains of cycling....Remember to subscribe, rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice
'I fell 70m off a mountain': When Van Est plunged off the Aubisque and Koblet was king
Season 2, Ep. 11
Felix Lowe remembers the first Dutchman to lead the Tour de France: Wim van Est, in 1951. But he crashed 70m into a Pyrenean ravine – and was lucky to escape with his life – before Pédaleur de Charme Hugo Koblet reigned supreme. Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.
‘A whole world of sensations’: When Chozas conquered Chiappucci in Sestriere
Season 2, Ep. 10
Spaniard Eduardo Chozas denied Italy's Claudio Chiappucci in the Giro d'Italia's first ever summit finish in the ski resort of Sestriere in 1991 – 14 months before El Diablo soloed to victory on the same climb in one of the most magnificent breakaways in Tour de France history. Graham Willgoss narrates a story of two summit finishes. Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe and produced by Pete Burton.
Glory and scandal at the Giro: The tragic tale of Marco Pantani
Season 2, Ep. 9
Marco Pantani's swashbuckling victory at Madonna di Campiglio in the 1999 Giro d'Italia should have been his crowning moment. Instead, the Italian was kicked out of the race while wearing the Maglia Rosa, ending the defence of his title and sending his career into freefall.We take a look back at Il Pirata’s tragic turning point. Written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.
Climbing with Crazy Heart: When Bitossi erupted on Mount Etna
Season 2, Ep. 8
We're back. After a brief hiatus, Re-Cycle returns for the first of three Giro d'Italia episodes. And with no racing at the moment, what better time to delve into cycling's rich history...We kick off with the story of Franco Bitossi. Felix Lowe remembers how the Italian rider with cardiac arrhythmia became the first to conquer Mount Etna in the 1967 Giro d’Italia. But questions remain over whether his psychological frailty cost him a Rainbow Jersey in an agonisingly close, famous finish.Please remember to subscribe, rate and review us on your podcast plafform of choice.
Triumph to tragedy: Frank Vandenbroucke's Liège-Bastogne-Liège win
Season 2, Ep. 7
We revisit Frank Vandenbroucke's swaggering La Doyenne victory in 1999 - a win which promised to be the first of many Monuments, but ultimately proved the pinnacle of a highly troubled life and career.It was a year in which everything the flamboyant tyro touched – even his hair – seemed to turn to gold. So dominant was Vandenbroucke’s showing that spring that the question had to be asked: was this the second coming of Eddy Merckx?But 10 years later, he was dead.
Carnage on the cobbles: The last wet Roubaix
Season 2, Ep. 6
Eighteen years after Belgium's Johan Museeuw won his third cobblestone trophy, Paris-Roubaix fans are still waiting for another wet edition of the Hell of the North. The second of our Roubaix-themed retrospective Re-Cycle features ponders the enduring appeal of slippery cobblestones while looking back at the muddy mayhem of the last time it rained on Roubaix.It's our first episode recorded in lockdown - narrated by Graham Willgoss, produced by Pete Burton and written by Felix Lowe.Don't forget to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.