In winning the Tour of Thailand, Alex Coutts joined an elite club – British riders who have won an overseas national tour.
A couple from the memory banks are in 1965 Vin Denson won the Tour of Luxembourg and in 1988 the hugely under-rated Cayn Theakston won an epic 19 stage Tour of Portugal – but there aren’t many more. We caught up with Alex, just after the Scottish hill climb championship.
Remind us about your pro career, Alex.
“I went to race in France when I was 18 and spent half a season there with a small club. The next year, I raced in Italy with Harry Lodge’s Endura team. The programme was good; I can remember racing against Di Luca, for instance. I signed for an Italian team for the following year, but it fell through. After that, I spent two years in Belgium, with Flanders.
When I look back,