ANC-Halfords: The last British team to ride the Tour de France

As Team Sky lines up it riders for its inaugural participation in the Tour de France, we look back at the last British team to ride the Tour. It's apparent there is a world of difference between Tony Capper's at times haphazard approach and the slick multi-million pound investment from BSkyB, but the stories the ANC-Halfords riders have to tell about the 1987 Tour de France are fascinating and at times funny.

Cycle Sport magazine interviewed Malcolm Elliott, Adrian Timmis, Paul Watson, Shane Sutton and Phil Griffiths to ask them about their experiences. Click the link at the bottom of the page to read on.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.