Wednesday 18 October 2017

Glimpsing Eiffel Tower as we rode into Paris was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, says Paul Kimmage

“WE’LL always have Paris,” says Paul Kimmage in his final exclusive video diary from the Tour de France 2013.

Kimmage reminisces about riding in the Tour in 1986 where he describes catching sight of the Eiffel Tower as the peloton hit Paris as “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen and one of the happiest days of my life”.

His medal for finishing the Tour that year is the “most precious thing I have of all my cycling trophies”.

As the 100th edition of the Tour drew to a close in the French capital yesterday, Kimmage was among hundreds of finishers from history who were invited to watch the finale from a special grandstand.

He describes feeling like the “mouton noir” – or black sheep – among his fellow cyclists because the clashes he’s had with them over the years as a journalist writing about drugs in the sport.

As Kimmage signs off on his video diary, which has attracted a huge viewership on throughout the Tour, he jokingly muses on whether he’ll be again for the 101th Tour: “See you again next year? I don’t know about that...”

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