Kraftwerk reveal the huge extent that cycling has influenced their music

German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk tell Rolling Stone magazine just how much of an influence cycling has had on their compositions for four decades

Kraftwerk 'Tour de France'

German band Kraftwerk's long association with cycling is well known, with the electronic music pioneers having recorded what many believe is still the best soundtrack to the Tour de France back in the early 1980s.

However, the famously reclusive group have this week revealed in a rare interview with Geeta Dayal of Rolling Stone magazine just how much of an influence cycling has played and continues to play in forming their music, drawing parallels between cycling's meeting of man and machine, and the rhythm and flow of the sport.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.