ANC-HALFORDS: What happened next?


No. 221 Malcolm Elliott

British, age 26

Before: Born in Sheffield. Joined ANC from Raleigh in 1986. Won the 1987 Milk Race.

Tour: Finished 94th overall. Designated sprinter, best result third in Bordeaux.

After: Signed for Stephen Roche?s Fagor team in 1988. Then joined Spanish Teka squad and won the points competition in the Vuelta a Espana. Rode for Seur before heading to America before retiring in 1997. Made a comeback in his mid-40s and is still winning races in Britain.

No. 222 Bernard Chesneau

French, age 27

Before: Journeyman pro who had spent a year racing in the USA before arriving at ANC.

Tour: Finished outside the time limit on stage three from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart.

After: Had one year with the Belgian SEFB squad, then retired.

No. 223 Guy Gallopin

French, age 31

Before: Older brother of CSC?s directeur sportif Allain Galopin. Rode for Sem, La Redoute, Skil and then Kas before joining ANC. As he was president of the French professional cyclists? association it was definitely a canny signing.

Tour: Finished 133rd.

After: Retired from cycling and spent a spell as a directeur sportif, with the Catavana team in 1994. Every year at Paris-Roubaix he waits in the Wallers-Arenberg forest with spare wheels to give to CSC riders if they need.

No. 224 Graham Jones

British, age 29

Before: Turned pro with Peugeot, finished 20th in the 1981 Tour. Later joined Wolber and Systeme-U. Returned to race domestically for Ever Ready in 1985 then joined ANC and found himself back at the Tour.

Tour: Abandoned on stage six from Strasbourg to Epinal.

After: Rode one more year in the UK for the Emmelle-MBK team. Now works for the Tour of Britain organisation.

No. 225 Kvetoslav Palov

Czech, age 24

Before: Regaled his team-mates with tales of his defection from the Eastern Bloc. Ended up in Britain, via Australia, in late 1986, and impressed during a trial with the ANC team.

Tour: Finished 103rd. When asked how he felt about it, he said: ?We have achieved nothing.?

After: Joined the Belgian SEFB team then went to Australia and continued racing into the early 1990s. Worked for the Australian Institute of Sport for a while. Believed still to be in Australia.

No. 226 Shane Sutton

Australian, age 30

Before: Arrived in Britain and settled quickly into the domestic scene.

Tour: Packed on stage 13 as worries over not being paid mounted.

After: Won the Milk Race in 1990. Established himself as a coach at the Welsh Cycling Union in the late 1990s and is now endurance coach for British Cycling or, as Dave Brailsford puts it: ?The hardest-working man in cycling.?

No. 227 Steve Swart

New Zealander, age 22

Before: Arrived in Europe after a promising amateur career in Australia.

Tour: Abandoned on stage 19 in the Alps when an injury to the ball of his foot meant he couldn?t even walk to breakfast, let alone pedal.

After: Like Chesneau and Palov spent 1988 with the SEFB squad before heading to America to spend five years racing for Coors Light. Joined Motorola ? Lance Armstrong?s squad ? in 1994 and completed the Tour that year and in 1995. He and Elliott were the only two ANC riders to go back to the Tour. Swart alleged in David Walsh?s book LA Confidential that EPO had been used during his time at Motorola. Now lives in Auckland.

No. 228 Adrian Timmis

British, age 23

Before: Turned professional with ANC in 1986. His stage win in Midi Libre in May 1987 was one of the factors that earned a Tour invitation.

Tour: Finished 70th.

After: Signed for the French Z-Peugeot team but came home after a year. Raced for Raleigh-Banana, then became a successful mountain biker. Now working as a coach in the Stafford area.

No. 229 Paul Watson

British, age 25

Before: Third in the 1985 Milk Race. Turned pro in 1986. Rode for Lycra-Halfords half of the team. Impressed in Europe with a sixth place in Fleche Wallonne in April 1987.

Tour: Packed on stage six from Strasbourg to Epinal

After: Joined Hitachi in 1988 but he lasted only a year. Went to America to race mountain bikes for Marin. Had to quit when he broke his arm badly in training. Returned to the UK and invested in property in Milton Keynes, building an extensive portfolio.

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Intro page ? ANC-Halfords 20 Years On

Tony Capper ? The Man Behind ANC-Halfords

Phil Griffiths ? The Man Who Held The Team Together

Paul Watson ? Burnt Out Before Berlin

Shane Sutton ? The Laughter Couldn’t Last

Malcolm Elliott ? The One That Got Away in Bordeaux

Adrian Timmis ? I Rode The Tour For Free

ANC-Halfords ? The Class of ’87