THE TOUR ON STAGE 2015
WITH PHIL LIGGET, JENS VOIGT, SIMON GERRANS & ROHAN DENNIS
An insider’s conversation delving into the triumphs, tribulations and euphoria of pursuing the yellow jersey, live on stage.
Members of the audience heard from some of the most experienced and accomplished riders in world cycling as they dissected the sport, the riders, the tours and shared untold stories; giving an unparalleled insight into professional riding.
Phil Liggett, the voice of cycling, held court with the indomitable Jens Voigt, Rohan Dennis and Simon Gerrans.
Supported by footage from some of the most poignant moments of professional cycling, this was a unique evening dedicated to cycle enthusiasts where audience members asked questions live on stage.
Phil Liggett MBE is an English journalist and Tour de France commentator universally known as the ‘Voice of Cycling.’ Liggett has covered 14 Olympic Games and 43 Tour de France events. Liggett covers the Tour de France for SBS.
Jens Voigt is a German former professional road race cyclist who retired last year after breaking the Hour record, considered the most prestigious record in cycling. He was hugely popular with cycling fans for his aggressive riding style and affable, forthright and articulate manner in dealing with the public and media. Voigt has worn the Tour de France yellow jersey twice and won the Critérium International a record 5 times.
Simon Gerrans, captain of the ORICA-GreenEDGE team, has delivered ORICA-GreenEDGE two national road titles – but it was the selfless act of passing on the yellow jersey to teammate Daryl Impey in the 2013 Tour de France that signified what his team really means to him. It also solidified his reputation as the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ of the professional peloton. With a stage win in each Grand Tour – the only Australian to do so – and a coveted two-day stint in the Tour de France yellow jersey, Gerrans is a bona fide Australian success story.
Rohan Dennis set a new world hour record on the boards of 52.491km in February, beating Matthias Brändle’s record by over 600 metres. He was selected to ride the 2015 Tour de France as a key lieutenant to team leader Tejay van Garderen and proved his worth with a dramatic stage one Time Trial victory achieved in record breaking time around the Utrecht city streets. Dennis became the first yellow jersey wearer of the 2015 Tour de France, becoming just the 7th Australian to don the Golden Fleece.