1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

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1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

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Along the way Ned’s portfolio of work has expanded, annual credit includes coverage of the Tour of Britain and Vuelta a Espana.

Ned set about learning everything he could about the sequence - studying each frame, face and building - until he had squeezed the meaning from it. It feels like, amidst the worry of the pandemic, when things felt so uncertain, this quest kept him sane. The footage comes from the fourth stage of that year’s Tour, the 400-plus kilometre haul down from Brest to Les Sables d’Olonne. The roots of the Tour were in a battle for supremacy between competing papers, and egos, as well as an urge to teach the French about their own nation – “France was still in the process of convincing its constituent parts… that it was indeed a whole and coherent entity”.Ned Boulting is the UK's best known voice of cycling - he commentates on the Tour de France for ITV, and all other major cycling races. A WATERSTONES BEST BOOK OF 2023: SPORTLONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 'An absorbing mix of historical sleuthing and travel writing' The Telegraph'[a] fascinating and often touching book… Wonderful' The TimesThe story of an obsession. As a former history student it’s also refreshing to see ‘new’ primary source material being found and studied. He moved to ITV Sport in 2001, and has covered a range of football events including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup over a period of fifteen years.

Mysterious beauty: the daymark on St Martin's, Isles of Scilly, whose coastline is explored in The Draw of the Sea.

I cannot recommend it more highly, especially since I have the same palpable feeling of loss once the tale has been concluded.

As the pandemic struck in 2020, Boulting acquired a fragile, two-and-a-half-minute fragment of century-old newsreel showing snatches of the 1923 Tour de France. Boulting’s drum-banging on ­Beeckman’s behalf is touchingly like ­trying to start a fan club for one of the centre-backs from the ­Stanley Matthews Cup Final. In fact, as he begins to identify certain figures on the film, he discovers that one of them was behind a mutiny, one year later, against the conditions.Beekman is the lone rider who crosses a bridge (which had its own history, covered by Boulting, of course) on the film and he won stages but the overall winner was Henri Pélissier. This book was seriously boring to the point where I skipped some of it and didn't bother reading to the end. It’s that rich, because if you stare hard enough at any moment of recorded time, it will reveal shards of both the past and the future. There are a lot of diversions and tangents and yet it all fits together, some links more tenuous than others.



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