Monday, May 23, 2022

Ian Steel

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We learnt with sadness yesterday that Scottish rider Ian Steel had passed away, at the age of 86.

Ian became national champion in 1952 and rode and won the famous Peace Race by taking the lead on stage eight of twelve as his British team won both the individual and team titles.

We thought readers would appreciate revisiting out interview with Ian from a few years ago.

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Ian Steel – Peace Race Winner

By Ed Hood, first published 29th December 2011

The story that the East European propaganda machine circulated after the 1952 Peace Race was that the “Westerner” winner Ian Steel had been approached by his country’s intelligence agency before he travelled to the race and was asked to; ‘keep his eyes open’ whilst behind the Iron Curtain – to spy, in other words.

The rider declined and received a telegram from his employer on the day he won