Anatomy of a Photo: Six Days are for Closers

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.

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47 Replies to “Anatomy of a Photo: Six Days are for Closers”

  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. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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

  8. @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.

  9. 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.

  10. @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.

  11. @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?

  12. 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.

  13. @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!

  14. 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.

  15. @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…

  16. @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.

  17. 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

  18. @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.

  19. 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!

  20. @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…

  21. @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

  22. @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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