True stories: Anthony Pope's tales from cycling history Pt1

From it's earliest days as a sport cycling's mystique has been built on the legendary deeds of legendary cyclists taking on and beating the odds. Okay, sometimes they were cheating... but sometimes they weren't, and anyway what is cheating exactly? In the first of a new series for the Procycling blog Anthony Pope (and some small furry animals) dramatically reconstructs great moments in the history of cycling.

From its earliest days as a sport cycling's mystique has been built on the legendary deeds of legendary cyclists taking on and beating the odds. Okay, sometimes they were cheating... but sometimes they weren't, and anyway what is cheating exactly?

In the first of a new series for the Procycling blog Anthony Pope (and some small furry animals) attempt to answer this and other weighty questions by dramatically reinterpreting some of cycling's most legendary events.

No time of year has produced more momentous cycling moments than July, the month of Le Tour, so it is only appropriate that Anthony starts his series with one of the Tour's defining early dramas when Eugene Christophe moved the options for cheating at Le Tour beyond simply catching the train* to include enforced child labour in a hot, dangerous smithy, or was it a bike shop?

To read the full story just click here.

* Anthony didn't re-enact this because our budget doesn't run to buying him a trainset.

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