50 years since Vin Denson's historic 1966 Giro d'Italia stage victory

Vin Denson was the first British rider to win a stage of the Giro d'Italia, 50 years ago

Vin Denson after winning a stage of the 1966 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Cycling Weekly archive)

In 1966 Vin Denson made cycling history when he became the first Briton to win a stage of the Giro d'Italia. But he also earned himself a dodgy headline in the Italian press - "Denson's drug is a plate of ravioli"!

That joke came after Denson had blagged a second helping of pasta by promising he’d win the following day's stage. We relive Denson’s triumph with this extract from his acclaimed autobiography, Full Cycle.

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