Boulting, Ned

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    1923

    When cycling commentator Ned Boulting bought a length of Path̩ news film featuring a stage of the Tour de France from 1923 he set about learning everything he could about it Рtaking him on an intriguing journey that encompasses travelogue, history and detective story. In the autumn of 2020 Ned Boulting (ITV head cycling commentator and Tour de France obsessive) bought a length of Path̩ news film from a London auction house. All he knew was it was film from the Tour de France, a long time ago. Once restored it became clear it was a short sequence of shots from stage 4 of the 1923 Tour de France. No longer than 2.5 minutes long, it featured half a dozen sequences, including a lone rider crossing a bridge. Ned set about learning everything he could about the sequence Рstudying each frame, face and building Рuntil he had squeezed the meaning from it.

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