Yorkshire gold: Barry Hoban profile

Mark Bailey 5 Feb 2019 Cyclist talks to Barry Hoban, who half a century ago took a bit of Yorkshire grit to the glamour of the Tour This article was originally published in issue 21 (May 2014) of Cyclist magazine Words Mark Bailey Photography Joe McGorty More than 50 years before the Tour de France’s highly successful diversion to the fells and dales of Yorkshire in the summer of 2014, a young cyclist from Wakefield made an unlikely journey in the opposite direction back in 1962, with a head full of cycling dreams and a heart full of Yorkshire courage. Barry Hoban, famed for his indefatigable legs and endearing watermelon smile, would go on to win eight stages of the Tour between 1967 and 1975 – a British record until Mark Cavendish surpassed it in 2009. But at the age of 22 Hoban left England with £200 in his bag, ...

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