Brian Robinson obituary
Trailblazing cyclist who became the first Briton to complete the Tour de France and three years later, in 1958, win a stage
OK, age 91, pretty good going.
before doing his National Service with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Mild- mannered when not on two wheels, he then worked for his father’s carpentry business — which specialised in making coffins — and trained in the evenings. He competed for Britain in the men’s road race at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games alongside his older brother, Des,
Something he said earlier. Perhaps in that flurry of interest when he got knocked off his bike more recently.
Something along the lines of “If you were an Olympic hopeful you were never sent abroad in your National Service”.
Not sure why that comment has stuck but it did.