Tour de France: Yorkshire’s cycling heritage - Barry Hoban

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Until Mark Cavendish came along, Barry Hoban had a little slice of British sporting history that looked like it would never be surpassed.

The man from Wakefield held the distinction of having won more stages of the Tour de France than any other UK rider.

He won eight between 1967 and 1975, the first coming the day after Tom Simpson’s death.

In the 1969 and 1973 Tours, Hoban won twice, and in the former, he even managed to win successive stages.

One record still stands, the most Tours completed by a Briton, 11 of the 12 he started from 1965-1978.

In 2009 he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.

Scott Thwaites (centre). PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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