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Ivories suitably tinkled as German band's classic is reworked on the old Joanna as Tour hits East End...

At this time of year, many cycling fans of a certain age and/or musical bent can't help but hum or whistle the classic Kraftwerk tune, Tour de France. But with the race running through the East End of London yesterday, one has taken it further - reworking it in Cockney piano style.

We like it a lot - and if you're missing the original, after the piano piece, you'll find a video of  the German synth band playing at the Manchester Velodrome in 2009 while some of Team GB's finest whizz round the track.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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zanf [869 posts] 2 years ago
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There is also the version by German techno artist Uwe Schmidt / Atom Heart, under one of his many guises, 'Señor Coconut Y Su Conjunto'

http://youtu.be/X-ygv1CKzAk

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 2 years ago
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heh. i see someone else just posted this...

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Doctor Fegg [143 posts] 2 years ago
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So so so tempted to record a version on church organ...