The Rouleur Longreads Podcast: The Magnificent 7
We all have our favourite Tour de France out of the 106 editions of this legendary race.
For many, 1989’s stunning turnaround by Greg LeMond of Laurent Fignon in the final stage on the Champs-Élysées remains one of the greatest moments in sporting history, let alone cycling’s crowded canon. A mere eight seconds difference at the end of three weeks of racing – a truly epic battle.
Others may cite Eddy Merckx’s imperious performance in the 1974 edition, giving the Cannibal his record-equalling fifth Tour victory, with eight stage wins along the way. Some prefer to look back even further, to the great years of Coppi, Bartali and Anquetil.
Patriotism often plays a part in our collective memories too, with the previously fallow cycling minnows separated from the European racing heartland by the Channel mining a rich seam since Bradley Wiggins broke the British duck in 2012. For Americans, surely LeMond in 1986 is the standout moment that turned millions of US sport fans into bike racing supporters. And millions of proud Colombians will never forget a youthful Egan Bernal’s victory just last year.
We asked the Rouleur writers for their personal highlights from La Grande Boucle. They range from 1948 right up to 2019 – races full of surprises, amazing feats and intriguing battles.
The Rouleur Longreads Podcast brings you selected long form articles from the magazine, especially recorded for Rouleur. Don’t stop what you’re doing – do it while listening to the world’s best cycling writing.
The latest in this series is ‘The Magnificent Seven’, from Rouleur's brand new Tour de France special, read by George Oliver and Hannah Brackstone-Brown.
Download the Rouleur app and use the code LETOUR to read the whole issue free of charge.
To listen to individual years skip to:
3:15 - 1976 by Olivier Nilsson-Julien
9:42 - 1995 by Olivia Kaferly
14:00 - 2003 by Andy McGrath
18:34 - 1948 by Isabel Best
24:00 - 2007 by Richard Abraham
29:15 - 1973 by Paul Maunder
32:35 - 2019 by Ian Cleverly
SPONSORED BY LAKA
We are delighted to have Laka as a brand partner of the Rouleur Podcast.
Laka is a team that looks out of each other. Laka’s collective cover is made for cyclists, for life on and off your bike. Laka has flipped outdated traditional insurance on its head.
No more fixed upfront premiums. Instead, your monthly contributions are based on the collectives’ claims that month. Your max monthly price is capped, but the savings are all yours. Plus, 80% of your money goes straight back into the collective: fixing, replacing, helping, whatever. And the other 20% keeps their wheels spinning. It’s as simple as that.
And when s*** does hit the fan, Laka’s got your back. Claims are handled by experts and usually agreed within a day. With no depreciation or excess. Laka are so over annual contracts locking you in…with Laka – if you want to leave, you can. Anytime.
If you are new to Laka, you can get a £10 credit by signing up today. Just use the discount code: rouleur