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BBC4 documentary looks at the story of the legendary Tom Simpson

A BBC4 documentary screening tomorrow – Tuesday 27 July – looks at the life story of the legendary Tom Simpson.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts from other cyclists, Death on the Mountain recounts the dramatic events of 13 July during the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France when Tom Simpson died trying to climb Mont Ventoux in Southern France.

With comment from leading cycling writers, Death on the Mountain tells how Tom Simpson became the first British rider to wear the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France, how he become road race World Champion and won Europe's top one day races.

Death on the Mountain is the story of the charismatic showman who became one of the all time greats of cycling. Revealing Simpson's genius and courage, the programme also shows his reliance on illegal drugs in the pursuit of sporting success.

It highlights the peaks of his cycling career but also chronicles the frustrated ambition to win the ultimate challenge in cycling – the Tour de France.

The programme will be screened tomorrow – Tuesday 27 July – at 10.00pm. More details on the BBC website.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc). 

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demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago
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Anyone know if this is a new Documentary or if its the one that was shown a while ago?

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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It's the 2005 BBC Bristol Alastair Laurence documentary. Excellent.

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demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago
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Cheers Simon.