There I was, researching Peter Doyle’s palmarès for his recent interview with us, checking out his big French win, in the Essor Breton. I was looking at the race’s roll of honour and was surprised to see that Englishman, Jonathan Dayus had won the race twice.
Tom Simpson finished on the podium in 1959 and since then the race has been won by the likes of Alexandre Vinokourov and Warren Barguil – it’s a prestigious event.
I remembered Jonathan had won the British Hill Climb Championship because it was the year Scotsman, Alex Coutts finished on the podium but I hadn’t realised just how successful the man from Worcester had been.
We dropped him a line and found out more…