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  • Rouleur Podcast: issue 62 with Stephen Roche

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    Stephen Roche joins Rouleur to reminisce on the intrigue and in-fighting that characterised the first of his three big wins in the 1987 cycling season, the Giro d’Italia.

    Photographs: Offside/l'Equipe

    A very special Giro d’Italia themed Rouleur Podcast with a very special guest: Stephen Roche. 


    Winner of the Giro in 1987, the Irishman chats about his infamous duel with teammate Roberto Visentini in that year’s race – including fears of sabotage, a pardon from the Pope and the ongoing ripples from that monumental edition – and about that defining commentary from Phil Liggett in the 1987 Tour de France.


    Plus Rouleur editor Ian Cleverly discusses Italian legend Mario Cipollini, cover star of Rouleur 62, and some of the Giro’s crazier moments.



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    Stephen Roche’s photo pick of the issue

    Drillium rear mech
    Credit: John Williams

    “We had no real information back then of what was going on in the rest of Europe, but we would follow the fashions of what was happening in the UK.


    “They looked fabulous drilled out, whereas they were a bit bulky otherwise. I was a maintenance fitter, working in a dairy in a machine shop, so I used to drill out whatever I could myself. Looking back, some of it was a bit risky I suppose, but at the time it didn’t seem dangerous.”


    Drillium, Rouleur 62, page 106.


    Stephen Roche spoke to Rouleur on behalf of the Telegraph London Cycle Sportive, starting and finishing at Herne Hill velodrome on June 26th.


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