Characteristic ambition.

Roche at his first Tour de France, 1983. He won a special award for best time trialist.
From: Tour '83.

“Before I became a cyclist, I worked in a factory. I liked my work well enough but I had dirty hands, dirty hair; I worked fixed hours, sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays. I’m trying to escape that life. Bicycling is hard work but in a few years you can guarantee the rest of your life.”

Stephen Roche, 1981. His first year as a professional with wins in: Tour de Corse, Paris-Nice, Tour d’Indre-et-Loire.