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Peter Doyle – 1974 Rás Tailteann Winner

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If you’re a student of 1970’s amateur bike racing, in particular, that of the Emerald Isle then you’ll recognise the name, Peter Doyle.

The man from Wicklow won just about everything there was to win at home, the Shay Elliott Memorial, the National Championship, the Tour of Ireland, the Rás and a raft of other single day and stage races.

He also won stages in the Tour of Scotland and the Milk Race, which was one of the premier amateur stage races in Europe in the 1970’s.

In addition to stage wins there were overall Points and Mountains wins in the Milk Race.

And then there was an overall win in the Essor Breton, a French stage race race where the late, great Tom Simpson made the podium in 1959; which a certain Alexandre Vinokourov won in 1997 and which Warren Barguil won in 2012.

We caught up with Peter recently, but don’t expect long-winded answers – his interview technique was like his racing; no-nonsense and to the point.

Peter Doyle. Photo©unknown

We started by asking Peter if he remembered his beginnings in the sport?

“It was a local race, a circuit of Bray, 24 laps of a 2.6 mile circuit and a big attraction every year; local rider Peter Crinnion won it in 1960; he went on to turn pro on the continent riding for the likes of Urago and Margnat.

“I got interested