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The Ascent, by Barry Ryan

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https://www.podiumcafe.com/book-corner/2017/11/3/16602968/the-ascent-sean-kelly-stephen-roche-by-barry-ryan
The story of Irish cycling's golden years, from the rise of the Nouvelle Éire to the fall of Pat McQuaid
By Feargal McKay@fmk_RoI PODIUM CAFE, Nov 3, 2017

They were of a different kind, The names that stilled your childish play ~ Yeats

The year is 1987, the place Wexford town, in the south east of Ireland. It's the last Thursday of August, the golden hour of summer, the holidays drawing to a close. Tonight, though, Wexford is happy, tonight Wexford is celebrating. Tonight, the circus is visiting: Pat McQuaid has brought his Kellogg's-sponsored city centre critérium series to the fading harbour town. And the stars of the show are the four Irish riders racing on the continent: Martin Earley and Paul Kimmage, the hard working heroes pulling for others; Sean Kelly, whose palmarès includes victories in Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Giro di Lombardi…

Interview: Stephen Roche

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https://www.podiumcafe.com/2017/11/3/16602882/interview-stephen-roche
Ireland’s Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and World Champion discusses his autobiography, ‘Born to Ride’

By Feargal McKay@fmk_RoI,  PODIUM CAFE, Jun 22, 2012

It’s a sunny Monday morning in Dublin and I’m sitting in the foyer of Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge. Next door is the RDS, where Lance Armstrong held his International Cancer Conference back in 2009. I’m here this morning to interview one of the men who preceded Armstrong on the Tour de France’s roll of honour: Stephen Roche. The Dubliner is back home to plug his new autobiography, Born to Ride (Yellow Jersey Press), and I’ve been squeezed in for a twenty-minute interview in between TV and radio appearances.
The key to a good interview, I’ve always been told, is preparation. Know who you’re interviewing, know what you want to talk to them about and, biff bang bosh, half the job is done. I’ve spent the weekend reading Born to Ride – as well as re-reading The…

Grande Torino - Gli angeli caduti in volo

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di Christian Giordano, Guerin Sportivo

«Quando lo stenografo è entrato nei nostri uffici come una furia agitando un foglietto bianco appena uscito dalla telescrivente, gridando il nome del Torino, abbiamo capito subito che stava abbattendosi su di noi una tremenda sciagura. Sulla carta era scritto: “L’aereo proveniente da Lisbona con a bordo la squadra calcistica del Torino, oggi, al suo arrivo in città, è precipitato”».

Con queste parole la Gazzetta dello Sport del 5 maggio 1949 annunciava la scomparsa della creatura perfetta, la più forte squadra che l’Italia calcistica abbia mai conosciuto: il Grande Torino.
Tornava da Lisbona, il Grande Torino: tornava da una partita neanche ufficiale. Francisco José Ferreira, grande amico di Valentino Mazzola e capitano della nazionale portoghese e del Benfica, era a fine carriera. La sua squadra voleva omaggiarlo con una “partita d’addio”, e donargliene l’incasso per alleviargli eventuali ristrettezze economiche che avrebbe dovuto affrontare una…