The Big Interview: Gary Imlach

Gary Imlach

At the height of the Tour's popularity with Britain's television audience, on Channel 4 in the 1990s, Gary Imlach was the man who welcomed us back after the ad break with a vignette giving an insight into the cultural side of the race.

While some people were no doubt yelling 'Just show us the action', Imlach's pieces gave British fans a close-up feel of what the Tour was really all about. And, as he showed in 1998 when the Festina affair broke, he used a tough journalistic approach to the story that explained the tumbling scandal succinctly.

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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.