The Legendary Lightness – World Full Of You (Official Videoclip)

This video beautifully captures the feats of track cyclists, and their close relationship with the pacer cycle. This is a music video by The Legendary Lightness, providing an artistic look into track racing.

Vive le tour!

Vive le Tour is a 1962 French documentary by filmmaker Louis Malle. It chronicles the Tour de France and focuses on issues such as providing food for the racers, dealing with injuries and doping. The New York Times describes the film as containing “ebullience, whimsy, jet black humor, awe and unspeakable tragedy” and as “a worshipful documentary of a sport made by a man who knew it intimately and loved it.” Vive le Tour won the Dok Leipzig Golden Dove award in 1966. Jean Bobet, a cyclist himself and brother of the great Louison Bobet, is the voice-over in this documentary.

Cycling: Still The Greatest

Gary Toole |National Film Board of Canada

(English) This short documentary is an ode to the thrills and excitement of cycling. Including highlights from the 1976 Olympics and the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the film features some of the world’s best cyclists and their coaches, in training and in competition.

60 Cycles

Jean-Claude Labrecque | National Film Board of Canada

(English) This short documentary follows the 11th St-Laurent long-distance bicycle race held in Quebec in the summer of 1965. There, participants from 13 countries covered 2 400 km of Gaspé countryside in 12 days–a course longer than those of Italy, Belgium or Spain. With the curving landscape of this most picturesque province as backdrop, you see here a sports event where the challenge seems more personal than competitive.

Eddy Merckx

(Italian) Eddy Merckx il Cannibale: parabola di un campione assoluto.
Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx, detto Eddy (Meensel-Kiezegem, 17 giugno 1945), è un ex ciclista su strada, pistard e ciclocrossista belga. Soprannominato il “Cannibale” per la sua voglia di vincere sempre e di non lasciare nulla agli avversari, è considerato da molti il più forte ciclista di tutti i tempi e il miglior sportivo belga di sempre.

Si aggiudicò cinque Tour de France (record con Anquetil, Hinault e Indurain) e cinque Giri d’Italia (record con Binda e Coppi), più una Vuelta a España nel 1973. Fece suoi inoltre tre Campionati del mondo su strada (record con Binda, Van Steenbergen e Freire), sette Milano-Sanremo (record), due Giri delle Fiandre, tre Gand-Wevelgem (record con Boonen), tre Parigi-Roubaix, due Amstel Gold Race, tre Freccia Vallone (record con Kint, Argentin, Rebellin), cinque Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi (record) e due Giri di Lombardia. Fu inoltre primatista dell’ora, con 49,432 km, per dodici anni, dal 1972 al 1984, mentre su pista vinse diciassette Sei giorni.

È uno dei cinque ciclisti ad aver conquistato i tre grandi Giri, e l’unico ad essere riuscito a realizzare l’accoppiata Giro-Tour per tre volte (1970, 1972 e 1974).

Paris-Roubaix 81 : Bernard Hinault

(French) Le direct du final, Bernard Hinault face aux meilleurs spécialistes de Paris-Roubaix, l’enfer du nord.

Poulidor coeur d’or

(French) Un film de Jean-Pierre Beaurenaut. Raymond Poulidor, “le malchanceux bien-aimé”, est la dernière légende vivante du sport le plus populaire en France: le Cyclisme. C’est le portrait de ce champion modeste mais prestigieux, un portrait en action entre le mythe Poulidor et le bonhomme Raymond… Par quel miracle la popularité de celui qu’on surnomme affectueusement, aujourd’hui encore, Poupou, est-elle restée intacte après toutes ces années? Alors qu’il n’a jamais porté le maillot jaune, ne serait-ce qu’une journée! Prestigieux mais modeste, courageux et simple, tel apparaît Poulidor.

Milano – Sanremo, le 7 vittorie di Eddy Merckx

(Milano – Sanremo, the 7 Victories of Eddy Merckx)

This brief video showcases the 7 Victories of Eddy Merckx in the Milano – Sanremo race.

Tour de France 1971 – Luis Ocaña vs. Eddy Merckx

The eight stage saw the first attack by Ocana. Merckx was not able to chase him, and Ocana got away. Zoetemelk and Agostinho also got away from Merckx, and gained some time on him. After that stage, Merckx was still leading, but only 36 seconds before Zoetemelk and 37 seconds before Ocana.In the end of the tenth stage, Merckx lost contact after a flat tire, and lost time on Zoetemelk and Ocana. Zoetemelk took over the lead, one second ahead of Ocana.In the eleventh stage, Ocana attacked. At first, Zoetemelk, Van Impe and Agostinho were able to stay with him, but Ocana left them and soloed to the victory, more than six minutes ahead of Van Impe. Merckx and Zoetemelk finished in third and fourth place, almost nine minutes behind. Ocana had set such a pace, that 61 cyclists finished outside the original time limit, leaving only 39 in the race. The time limit was consequently extended such that 58 more were allowed to start the next day. Ocana seemed so strong, that Merckx abandoned the idea to win his third Tour.

A Sunday in Hell (1976)

The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north “which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting cattle – and for cycle races”. We are there from the dawn preparations and rituals on the outskirts of Paris and through the rigours of the race with special focus on a number of prominent cyclists to the final outcome on the Roubaix cycle track – followed by the filthy riders taking their showers. There is also an eye for life among the spectators and the media event as such. The film alternates among different kinds of shot with a view to establishing the most suitable view of the narrative: shots from motorcycles, which are able to convey the motion of the race and provide close ups of the riders in the style of television cycle race reporting; fixed cameras stationed at strategically important points along the route, where viewers can watch riders passing in real time and thus gain a clear overview of the distance between the leaders and the main field: and the Olympian eye of the helicopter shots.

Bordeaux Paris Cyclisme

Des Champions aux sacrés tempérament ont inscrits leurs noms a cette classique..

1985 Tour de France – Bernard Hinault Crash That Breaks His Nose

(English) 1985 Tour de France – Bernard Hinault Crash that breaks his nose. Headfirst Crash puts Hinault 5th tour title in doubt… does he finish the race?

Giro d’Italia 1971 Stage 20a, 20b Gösta Pettersson Winner Last day Lainate Milano

(Swedish) For the 1971 Giro, Martini put three of the Petterssons in his lineup, Gösta, Erik and Sture. Gösta had shown good early-season form when he came in second to Merckx in Paris–Nice.

Sur les traces d’Eddy Merck

Eddy Merckx is often regarded as the greatest cyclist in history. He won 625 races (525 victories on the road, 98 success on the track and two bouquets in cyclo-cross ) during his career, which is a record. Nicknamed “The Cannibal” or “The Ogre of Tervuren” for his insatiability, Eddy Merckx has won 5 Tours de France, 5 Giro d’Italia, 3 world championships, a Tour of Spain, the one hour record, and 31 wins in the Classics (19 monuments). He was elected “Belgian Athlete of the Twentieth Century” as best cyclist of the twentieth century by the International Cycling Union. (Video in French)

Attaque et victoire Poulidor

(French) 2ème étape alpestre de ce Tour 1962, arrivée à Aix les Bains après le massif de la Chartreuse : attaque de Raymond Poulidor après le Luitel, il sera victorieux à l’issue de l’étape.

La chute de Bernard Hinault dans le Dauphiné 1977

(French) The fall of Bernard Hinault in the Dauphiné 1977.

Eddy Merckx – La Course en Tete (1974)

This outstanding film follows Belgian cycling star Eddy Merckx at the peak of his career through Europe’s best races. Recommended for the serious cyclist. “A glorious study of a rider who dominated an entire cycling generation… A must-see for cyclists of all ages.

Interview biographie Raymond Poulidor – Archive INA

(French) Interview de l’ancien champion cycliste Raymond POULIDOR à l’occasion de la parution de son livre de souvenirs “Raymond Poulidor par Raymond Poulidor”. Images d’archive INA.

Gösta “Fåglum” Pettersson

Gösta “Fåglum” Pettersson Pettersson, winner of the Giro d’ Italia in 1971 and third in the Tour de France in 1970. (No Sound)

Luis Ocaña – Documental (Conexión Vintage)

(Spanish) Pieza realizada por Paco Grande y los equipos de Documentación de RTVE para el programa ‘Conexión Vintage’ de Teledeporte, en torno a la figura de Luis Ocaña. Emitido el 15 de octubre de 2013.