For three weeks in July, 2004, the Old Truman Brewery, on London’s Brick Lane, hosted the Kings of Pain exhibition, a collection of photography and memorabilia devoted to six iconic riders.
‘Kings of Pain’ are riders who epitomize the glory, suffering, drama and style of road racing. The stories and images of their exploits have come to define the sport. The original Kings of Pain are Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx, Tom Simpson and Bernard Hinault. The hallmarks displayed here have been created in their honour.