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Anatomy of a Photo: After the Finish on Ventoux

Anatomy of a Photo: After the Finish on Ventoux

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This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then he was caught, then dropped, then he regained Froome’s wheel. Finally he was dropped a second time, towards the summit. There was no fighting back to Froome’s wheel, only the need to race on, as fast as possible.

His soigneur drapes a fresh long sleeve jersey on his shoulders, a bottle of pink spanish recovery fluid awaits. Nairo’s left hand lies open by his leg. His head hangs with exhaustion and disappointment. This soigneur has to do his magic now as Quintana has left it all on the Ventoux.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. @Gianni Yeah, I blame Antler Guy from TOC or Franks lot:

  2. Reminds me of James Brown I can't go on I must go on"

  3. @minion yes.

  4. @motor city

    I was reading about Quintanta riding to school everyday when he was young. His route included a 16KM long climb averaging 8%. its no wonder that he’s a great rider

    Heard Matt Keenan saying that Quintana as a 10 year old drove taxi’s to help support his family. He had to drive at night to avoid police seeing him behind the wheel.

  5. Quintana is SO legit… couldn’t agree more about the photo and its power.

  6. @Gianni

    @TBONE

    @pakrat

    @TBONE

    If only the next two frames were available.

    Best I can do, chief.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls3NxXSb1K0

    How did you find that? I hope the police sorted that guy out. It would be a bad gig being a police with that drunken crowd.

    A buddy of mine posted it on the Face Tubes. Hilarity ensued.

  7. @motor city

    Fucking antler guy, what a douche. Did his momma drop him on his dome when he was young?

    I know Frank spent a crazy night on l’Alpe d’Huez, one would assume he would gravitate toward Dutch corner. I didn’t understand it was a national trait; getting drunker and louder and happier works for all Dutch. I thought that was a Frank thing.

  8. @TommyTubolare

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    You’re not wrong unfortunately.All we need now is cheerleaders shaking their asses between head of the race, chasse patate riders and the peloton. TDF is becoming a strange race.Somehow it feels kind of right to me.Giro had and still has a place in my heart and somehow I just don’t give a fuck about TDF and all that journalism circus.I have watched Vive le Velo and few highlights here and there but that’s about it.

    Yeah, and then we need to have the riders take a break halfway through because its so hard to ride for 90 minutes or whatever and then have Bouncie play to interrupt the boredom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42w3I-kwS_Q

  9. @Gianni

    Just the fact that he’s wearing football gear to a bike race is enough to ban him from the halls of the Velminati for life.

  10. @Gianni Thanks for sharing that photo, It’s sure to become a classic–going beyond the physical (“I left everything on the mountain”) to a prayer (“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”).

  11. This is what pan up agua should look like….

  12. Per Rule #19, My name is Ben and this is my first ever post although I have been a fan of the site for 3 years now.  I didn’t grow up as a fan of cycling so your site has been a great resource as I have nurtured my rapidly growing appreciation of cycling.  Since March I have been focusing on hill repeats as a way to get stronger and leaner.  I have been blown away by how effortlessly Quintana climbs.  To say that I commune with butterflies is and understatement of epic proportion.  My favorite rule is #10 and today as I had the Tour de France open on my desktop at work and I saw something pop up that I thought was worth sharing.

    Vanmarcke leads peloton a day after climbing Alpe d’Huez in big chainring

    Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) is at front of the peloton that crested the col du Glandon 7’50” behind the two stage leaders. The Belkin rider had bike problems yesterday and was forced to do the second ascent of Alpe d’Huez in the 53 chainring… he posted the 42nd best time for the climb, a little over nine minutes slower than Quintana who was fastest.

    I don’t know anything about this rider and will spend some time researching him later, but I thought that this is a group that would appreciate it most.

  13. @benjammin73

    Welcome. Sep Vanmarcke is a badass, plain and simple. He nearly won Paris-Roubaix, he is no wee climber and now we hear he does the 2nd ascent of Alpe d’Huez in the 53. Sheeit, That’s a man. You can’t emulate Quintana unless you are small and a born climber. Sep Vanmarcke is someone worth emulating; be good on the flats and the hills, Rule #5 for breakfast. 

  14. @Gianni

    Thanks for the welcome, I appreciate it.  It’s good to hear that I ws impressed by someone worthy of it.  Thanks to all the keepers.  Sur la Plaque!

  15. @TBONE

    @pakrat

    @TBONE

    If only the next two frames were available.

    Best I can do, chief.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls3NxXSb1K0

    How about the guy who did the tripping hiding behind his girl when the dayglo weirdo goes after him? If you’re going to step up and make a play like that at least be a man and stand up for yourself. Of course Mr. Skittles was about twice as tall as him and probably would have shellacked him – but hiding behind your lady? Weak.

  16. Quintana has proven himself, not just a great climber but a good bike racer too. I love this kid. I think he will be on the second step of the podium on sunday. Grand tour winner next year

  17. Agreed. I will take that photo with me and know that whenever I loose a race or KOM I will know if I don’t feel like that I didn’t give my all.

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    @TBONE

    Second best photo of le Tour.

    Close-lining him would have been much more betterer.

    Not really wishing to advocate assault but I suppose I am, physical interruption or disruption of these muppets should be positively encouraged. Clothesline, the good old fashioned trip or a sharp exit stage droit or gauche? No preference, just make it entertaining.

  19. @LA Dave

    @TBONE

    @pakrat

    @TBONE

    If only the next two frames were available.

    Best I can do, chief.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls3NxXSb1K0

    How about the guy who did the tripping hiding behind his girl when the dayglo weirdo goes after him? If you’re going to step up and make a play like that at least be a man and stand up for yourself. Of course Mr. Skittles was about twice as tall as him and probably would have shellacked him – but hiding behind your lady? Weak.

    It looked like he was behind his grandma. Good tactic No-one messes with granny.

  20. An amazing shot.

    @TommyTubolare

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    Good points made by you both. As much as I love cycling and watching these  blokes punsih themselves like Quintana has done here, these clowns are are making the TdF spectacle into a circus. It is truly a glorious sport that has become almost too popular for its own good.

  21. Best vid has to be this display of guns firing!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7rbKn-Jkc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6J7rbKn-Jkc

    just awesome!

  22. @John yes it is a great photo, but I’m talking in general, usually you do not see those show at other races.

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    @FuriousFred

    @TBONE

    Second best photo of le Tour.

    Close-lining him would have been much more betterer.

    Not really wishing to advocate assault but I suppose I am, physical interruption or disruption of these muppets should be positively encouraged. Clothesline, the good old fashioned trip or a sharp exit stage droit or gauche? No preference, just make it entertaining.

    They should have the local rugby clubs line the climbs (or gridiron teams for the Tour of California) with instructions to take down anyone running alongside the riders in fancy dress. It would make good off season tackling practice.

  24. @JohnB

    @LA Dave

    @TBONE

    @pakrat

    @TBONE

    If only the next two frames were available.

    Best I can do, chief.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls3NxXSb1K0

    How about the guy who did the tripping hiding behind his girl when the dayglo weirdo goes after him? If you’re going to step up and make a play like that at least be a man and stand up for yourself. Of course Mr. Skittles was about twice as tall as him and probably would have shellacked him – but hiding behind your lady? Weak.

    It looked like he was behind his grandma. Good tactic No-one messes with granny.

    His grandma is his lady? Not only is he a coward, but he’s a sicko as well.

  25. All great suggestions regarding the mountain trolls who have to insert their pathetic squalid selves into the majesty of the event.  Short off permanently crippling or killing someone, game on.  First quarantine all the douche bags (minus didi) in costume anstruck them minus their gear to the very bottom.  Any man throngs,…ditto.  As for the rest, feel free to whale away at will, always mindful that you don’t drive the dbag into the path of the rider.  Remember, physics is you friend so attack from uphill. Using velocity to make up for your skinny biker body.  At this point it is perfectly acceptable to dance away into the crowd.  After all you’re not seeking credit, merely performing a public service.

  26. Obviously an exception should be made for the guy running with the stuffed wild boar, that was just so bizarre it was awesome.

  27. My vote for best hair in the peloton:

  28. @eenies

    Obviously an exception should be made for the guy running with the stuffed wild boar, that was just so bizarre it was awesome.

    + 1.

  29. After yesterdays win.

  30. Bugger, that didn’t work !!!

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  31. Ok, how do I directly upload from my iPad ???

  32. Never mind sorting out the goons for the boy’s, just set Froomey on em!

    http://youtu.be/evR7Itx6prY

  33. Just straight arm the feckers in the puss, job done!

  34. Chapeau from the soused ferret of the maillot jaune.

  35. Great photo. Definitely in my top 10 “totally wrecked” photos now. #1 is a tossup:

  36. @the-farmer

    Just straight arm the feckers in the puss, job done!

    That has an entirely different meaning here in ‘Murica.

  37. @the-farmer

    Just straight arm the feckers in the puss, job done!

    I was surprised his arm didnt just snap off there, skinny fecker.

  38. @frank

    Yeah, and then we need to have the riders take a break halfway through because its so hard to ride for 90 minutes or whatever and then have Bouncie play to interrupt the boredom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42w3I-kwS_Q

    I move that this post and link be stricken from the official record.  It doesn’t even deserve the honor of being scoffed at by the Velominati.

  39. @Podger76

    Best vid has to be this display of guns firing!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7rbKn-Jkc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6J7rbKn-Jkc

    just awesome!

    ok so how the fuck does he manage the no-hander?

  40. @Mikael Liddy

    ok so how the fuck does he manage the no-hander?

    That reminds me of the old joke:  Rumor is that a pedestrian on Fifty-seventh Street, Manhattan, stopped Jascha Heifetz and inquired, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Yes,” said Heifetz. “Practice!”‘

  41. Welp, there’s another Tour in the bag. Gilbert’s send-off:

    http://i.imgur.com/Pka2p2z.gif

  42. @TBONE

    Welp, there’s another Tour in the bag. Gilbert’s send-off:

    http://i.imgur.com/Pka2p2z.gif

    And here’s another BMC send off!!!

    Geez, they’re a sad looking bunch….
    BMC Racing sporting director quits after Tour flop
  43. The VMH saw that lead photo yesterday (video) during the closing highlights and said, “Oh my gosh, is he dead?”

    I’m baffled by the jerks who run alongside the riders and distract them. Anyone who has ever played any sport should know that being harassed or heckled totally fucking sucks. Fun ribbing is great, but I hate drunken negative idiots harassing athletes. “He gets paid a lot.” So what, have some fucking respect.

    Great photo, Quintana is impressive.

    Kittel definitely has impressive hair too. Hey, how about the voices on some of the lads? I think the Team Award for that has to go to Saxo. Both sound like their bibs are a bit too tight.

  44. @sthilzy

    @sthilzy This link works
    BMC Racing sporting director quits after Tour flop

    I’m reading the Merckx book, “Half Man, Half Machine” and it talks about Lelangue. I saw that DS speaking during the Tour and thought, “Damn, he looks young to have ridden with the Prophet.” Ha, turns out this is the son of Merckx’s pal.

  45. @Gianni:  I’m in total awe when I see these guys, I would never want to mess with their concentration.

    That, in a nut shell, is the difference between a true fan and the attention whores.

  46. @scaler911

    Great photo. Definitely in my top 10 “totally wrecked” photos now. #1 is a tossup:

    Number 1 is definitely the LeMan photo.  That is a 1000yd stare that even Vietnam Vets could learn from!

  47. @il ciclista medio

    An amazing shot.

    @TommyTubolare

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    Good points made by you both. As much as I love cycling and watching these blokes punsih themselves like Quintana has done here, these clowns are are making the TdF spectacle into a circus. It is truly a glorious sport that has become almost too popular for its own good.

    *cough this is not news….since the year dot the spectators have interferred.  In early tdfs the french beat up Belgian Participants, in the Giros the Cogniscenti pushed Italian participants up hills.  The Vuelta is the exception, it is not the supporters it is just all the spanish riders seeking to hamstring any non spaniard…..Let’s not even talk about Robert Millars stolen Vuelta, it is still too painful!

    The clowns are there, they will always be there, what I loved about this Tour is the number of spectator runners who were fucked over by their own….I saw this one when it happened at I spat my beer out and near pissed myself!

    Beautiful…let them all police each other, it will be carnage!

  48. Quintana discovered riding outside himself that the outside is still out there.

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