Anatomy of a Photo: Six Days are for Closers

Anatomy of a Photo: Six Days are for Closers

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What do you do during the off-season when your name is Roger de Vlaeminck and you’re a certified organic free-range studmuffin?

You roll down to the local Six Day in your Chick MagnetTM tweed suit and bring the ladies in for your pals while you stay Pre-Race Kelly, that’s what.

// Anatomy of a Photo // Awesome Belgian Guys

  1. I have always loved this photo.  Cracked me up every time I saw it on BRR but being the dumbass that I am, I never realized that that was RDV in the tweed suit.  Now their tagline makes even more sense.  Too funny! 

  2. Such a dude.

    I’m still looking for the perfect red round neck sweater like RDV is wearing at the start of Sunday in Hell.

  3. RDV looks dashing but that hipster in the background looks to be trying to close a deal as well.

  4. Nah!  Coffee is for closers!

  5. Wait, was RDVs hair that curly or did he get a permanent for the Six Days?

    I meant to comment in the Hunchbacks article that besides the bigger guns guys used to have, they also had much, much better hair. Most of them these days have buzz cuts or something stupid like Haussler. Not that RDVs looks so great in this shot, but usually his looked pretty good. The Badger & Merckx had great hair and nice sideburns too.

    Is the four-eyed dick in the background wearing a denim vest? The only acceptable denim is faux denim in a bib shorts cut…which reminds me, I need to add that to my holiday list!

  6. For some reason in that photo he bears more than just a passing resemblance to Cippo?  And that stance….is pure Uncle at a wedding…….Vogue!

  7. ABC.

    Always

    Be

    Closing

    However when voting federally in Canada:

    Anyone

    But

    Conservative

  8. and the dude behind him is even warning the chicks, ‘do not go out with that guy’…while he holds his own groin…i mean whats with that Tex

  9. I mean, she is obviously uncomfortable, intrigued by RdV, but uncomfortable with weirdo

  10. @Souleur

    and the dude behind him is even warning the chicks, ‘do not go out with that guy’…while he holds his own groin…i mean whats with that Tex

    I think that may be Vaughters’ dad.

  11. AIDA and Brass Balls.

  12. The guy is wearing an inner tube as an excuse for a tie ffs!… and is still the epitome of cool.

    I tip my chapeau in his general direction.

  13. Man it’s the tie that dates it, try to find one of those bad boys today!

  14. I love that the truck behind him says “douche sport”.

  15. Frank, grow up! Always fixated on the cheap laughs.

    Let’s focus on the, as suggested, inner tube-made necktie! What type of knot does Roger got goin’ on?

    ps – You can make a sport out of anything, if you’re creative.

  16. @Souleur

    I mean, she is obviously uncomfortable, intrigued by RdV, but uncomfortable with weirdo

    It’s the bitchin’ jean-vest…

  17. @Ron

    I think that’s just a four-in-hand. Which is the second of the 85 ways to tie a tie.

    And I have one of the bitchin’ ties. Only mine is knit, not silk.

    Damn that guy is hot.

  18. @frank

    Remember though, only 13 knots are aesthetic.  Your knit tie is probably also silk.  Is he not wearing a belt, or is his shirt just badly tucked or poorly fitting?

  19. From experience, the skinny leather tie of the early 80s often came preknotted with an elastic around the neck. Bulky to knot even four-in-hand but could be a Kent. If it were a real tie he would’ve left it long enough to clear his shirt. Greasy dude is makin’ time ’cause his tie is pointing out the goods.

  20. @frank

    @Souleur

    I mean, she is obviously uncomfortable, intrigued by RdV, but uncomfortable with weirdo

    It’s the bitchin’ jean-vest…

    And this from the man who’s father wore a dead goat for a vest of the same vintage!

  21. The woman carrying the bag made out of Bernard Hinault’s scrotum (and also rocking an extra arm) is talking to a man with what appears to be an Irvine flying jacket arranged on his right shoulder.

    The man out front doing a Roger de Vlaeminck impersonation is in fact Zaphod Beeblebrox – you can tell this because he has an extra head on his right shoulder. 

    Whilst Irvine flying jackets are (were) cool – an extra head is way more interesting although a little creepier perhaps.

  22. @Rob

    I also suspect that the pimp just off-frame has possibly the coolest sweater ever invented.

  23. Too bad, he cut his sideburns…

  24. @frank

    @Ron

    I think that’s just a four-in-hand. Which is the second of the 85 ways to tie a tie.

    And I have one of the bitchin’ ties. Only mine is knit, not silk.

    Damn that guy is hot.

    Four in hand is the only way to be casually deliberate! When I commisioned in the army a good friend came up to me and said, “Dan, quit worring about your damn tie. You’re a gentleman now, four in hand ol’ boy, no more double windsors for you!” A gentleman is casually deliberate in the best of clothes…

  25. @TBONE

    ABC. Always Be Closing However when voting federally in Canada: Anyone But Conservative

    ABC baby! ABC…eh!

  26. @frank

    @Rob

    I also suspect that the pimp just off-frame has possibly the coolest sweater ever invented.

    I suspect the pimp is ogling what bizarrely appears to be a porthole piled high and deep with more coke than you can ever imagine.  Imagine the street value of that.

  27. @Nate

    I didn’t mean to imply my dad was a pimp. I meant this guy.

  28. exception 'ImagickException' with message 'unable to open file `/nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati//wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/php/image.php?degrees=0&scale=yes&width=600&height=700&quality=85&maintain_aspect=yes&rounding=nearest&image=/home/frankdstrack/velominati.com/wp-content/uploads/readers/frank/2012.12.09.01.17.46/roger-de-vlaeminck_0003-620x548.png' @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3667' in /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php:1269 Stack trace: #0 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php(1269): Imagick->__construct('/nas/wp/www/clu...') #1 [internal function]: dm_replace_image_embeds('

    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@frank

    @Nate

    I didn’t mean to imply my dad was a pimp. I meant this guy.

    I sure wouldn’t let that guy near my old man’s stash.

  29. He looks like James Caan in Godfather mode. Expect uncontrolleded rage any sec

  30. RDV has more than a little Tom Jones going for him…

  31. This is a pretty cool photo indeed!

    @ElBeeJay totally agree

    On the subject of Casually Deliberate I refer you to Rouleur 34 (the fucking awesome Henri Cartier Bresson one) and page 37

  32. @ElBeeJay

    He looks like James Caan in Godfather mode. Expect uncontrolleded rage any sec

    NICE Godfather tie-in!  Well played and true!

  33. @ElBeeJay

    I bet they’re even wearing the same bitchin’ shoes.

  34. exception 'ImagickException' with message 'unable to open image `/nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati//wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/php/image.php?degrees=0&scale=yes&width=600&height=700&quality=85&maintain_aspect=yes&rounding=nearest&image=/home/frankdstrack/velominati.com/wp-content/uploads/readers/frank/2012.12.10.18.05.44/godfather27.jpg': No such file or directory @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2638' in /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php:1269 Stack trace: #0 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php(1269): Imagick->__construct('/nas/wp/www/clu...') #1 [internal function]: dm_replace_image_embeds('

    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@frank

    @ElBeeJay

    I bet they’re even wearing the same bitchin’ shoes.

    Co-respondent shoes? He’s not a pimp ffs.

  35. Whatever RDV had, he had it in spades. There aren’t many who pull this off.

  36. @Chris

    Sleeve belts for the win!

  37. exception 'ImagickException' with message 'unable to open image `/nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati//wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/php/image.php?degrees=0&scale=yes&width=600&height=700&quality=85&maintain_aspect=yes&rounding=nearest&image=/home/frankdstrack/velominati.com/wp-content/uploads/readers/fleeting moment/2013.01.04.12.15.04/1/tumblr_mfquddw5Rn1r4o0yso1_500.jpg': No such file or directory @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2638' in /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php:1269 Stack trace: #0 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php(1269): Imagick->__construct('/nas/wp/www/clu...') #1 [internal function]: dm_replace_image_embeds('

    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@Chris

    Whatever RDV had, he had it in spades. There aren’t many who pull this off.

    What gets me here is that this isn’t a more contemporary version of that great Coppi photo of him wearing a raincoat over his cycling gear, RdV seems to be wearing a cycling cap, jersey, gloves and some fairly wicked looking flares. It’s not s if he’s just slipped it on over his racing duds. What’s up with that?

    By the way, Wiggo would totally mug him for tat coat.

  38. Mmm on 3 on todays quiz, I am claiming I am too young to remember….even it it is not true!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

  39. @Deakus

    Mmm on 3 on todays quiz, I am claiming I am too young to remember….even it it is not true!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

    I got 8 – woo hoo – I’m ahead on something (colon, hyphen, close brackets)

  40. Oooo your attempts to hide a desperate desire to use emoticons are thinly veiled…you may wind up in hot water!

    Well done on the score!

  41. @the Engine

    @Deakus

    Mmm on 3 on todays quiz, I am claiming I am too young to remember….even it it is not true!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

    I got 8 – woo hoo – I’m ahead on something (colon, hyphen, close brackets)

    12 for me! (colon, hyphen, capital ‘D’) Does that make me a old fart (despite missing the question about the year)?

  42. @Deakus

    Oooo your attempts to hide a desperate desire to use emoticons are thinly veiled…you may wind up in hot water!

    Well done on the score!

    Semi-colon, hyphen, close brackets – you’ll recall Victor Borges “phonetic punctuation” of course…

  43. @CanuckChuck

    @the Engine

    @Deakus

    Mmm on 3 on todays quiz, I am claiming I am too young to remember….even it it is not true!

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

    I got 8 – woo hoo – I’m ahead on something (colon, hyphen, close brackets)

    12 for me! (colon, hyphen, capital ‘D’) Does that make me a old fart (despite missing the question about the year)?

    Yes

  44. First time out. 15 points. I suspect this won’t happen again.

  45. @Chris

    First time out. 15 points. I suspect this won’t happen again.

    Git!  Nobody likes a smartarse!!

  46. @Deakus

    @Chris

    First time out. 15 points. I suspect this won’t happen again.

    Git! Nobody likes a smartarse!!

    As long as this doesn’t become a trend… if it does, we may need to place a call to Travis Tygart…

    Travis Tygart

  47. @CanuckChuck

    @Deakus

    @Chris

    First time out. 15 points. I suspect this won’t happen again.

    Git! Nobody likes a smartarse!!

    As long as this doesn’t become a trend… if it does, we may need to place a call to Travis Tygart…

    Travis Tygart

    Fuck Tygart! I’m outwith his jurisdiction.

    I will however confess. I have had several doses of Lemsip Max and a Strepsil today. If you told me that doing a Ricco on myself would make me feel better I’d give it a go.

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