TheSpud wrote: Dan2016 wrote: TheSpud wrote: Dan2016 wrote:
Stephen Roche will always be a cycling god to me. He won the Tour when I first fell in love with the sport.
I met him once and didn't like him as a person at all.
With that pointless anecdote shared I'll get my coat...
Me too - it was the first time a nearly British rider
got the Yellow jersey! La Plagne will always be in my memory (incidentally happens to be my favourite ski resort - everytime the coach goes up the hairpins I relive the memories).
How goddam dare you!!
The Celts are a proud people.
Nearly British?! That's fighting talk.
I'm Welsh so a pure Celt!
Roche is from Dublin, so not British at all - but close enough in those days! And no offence meant.
Very similar to Barry McGuigan - Irish but a UK citizen and very much adopted as such, even winning Sports Personality 1985.
No offense taken Spud, I'm just messing about.
And yeah La Plagne stage '87, absolute classic. I remember watching that like it was yesterday. Great memories.
I heard him recounting the story of that stage a few years ago. You probably know the story already: he was stuffed all day, really badly stuffed. When Delgado broke away he knew he would have only one big late effort to try and limit the damage.
In those days the race communications didn't work in the last x number of kilometers on mountain stages. Delgado wouldn't know what was happening behind him in this 'black-out' zone. Roche left his effort to that short window of opportunity, and as you know, drove himself to the point of physical collapse.
I still remember the complete shock from the commentator seeing Roche appearing from the mist just after Delgado crossed the line. It was a genius bit of tactics. A real classic stage. Makes me all nostalgic for the 'good old days'.