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When Rini Wagtmans denied Eddy Merckx to become the accidental yellow jersey

Season 3, Ep. 12

In the first of our 4-stage Tour run of Re-Cycle, Felix Lowe tells the story of the accidental yellow jersey.


Eddy Merckx’s bid to wear the Yellow Jersey from start to finish at the 1971 Tour de France was scuppered when his Molteni teammate Rini Wagtmans took the race lead by mistake on a crazy triple-split stage. Felix Lowe remembers a chaotic race at the height of Merckx Mania, when the Cannibal was pushed to his very limit by his great rival Luis Ocaña.


Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.



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