Anatomy of a Photo: Phil Anderson

Anatomy of a Photo: Phil Anderson

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In honor of the first Australian to win KBK it seems appropriate to give a Chapeau to our mates down under.  Congrats to perhaps the greatest up and coming cycling nation on earth and to Chris Sutton for a show of strength in what was a free-for-all to the finish in Kuurne today.

Lest our mates get too cocky though, have a look at the egregious attempt at the three-point system from the first Aussie to wear yellow in the tour.  Yes, Phil is a stud and the hair net and eye shades rule.   But in order for them to work some adjustment needed to be made.

// Anatomy of a Photo // General

  1. Before anyone asks, that’s Gert-Jan Theunisse.

  2. Oli Brooke-White:
    Before anyone asks, that’s Gert-Jan Theunisse.

    It’s like you’ve clocked cycling.

  3. :-D

  4. I’ve seen a Zullo in person with that paint job and couldn’t agree more, Oli. I was in my LBS one day and my friend, who works there, brings over a dude who also likes steel Italian bikes, as I do. We shake hands, then he turns to grab his bike…and it’s a Zullo with that pus paint job! Very nice frameset, insanely bad paint job. I just tried to smile and be nice. I wanted to ask him what he was thinking buying a bike with such a horrendous paint scheme.

    Zullo had a booth at the 2010 NAHBS in Richmond. I can’t recall if this paint scheme was on display, but I hope it wasn’t.

    And in the BMX photo of Cyclops, is that really 1996? Or is it 1986?

  5. @Pedale.Forchetta

    Looking at the photos, the one where he sport the TVM jersey, you can see that his bike is a Zullo, a beautiful Italian steel bikhe, still in production.I think that the Kelly Concord was Italian too…

    Ah, indeed it was. Much like this one…

    He, of course would have had the Columbus SLX Squadra, whilst this one was the humble Columbus SL Gavina.

    I also had the Dia Compe aero levers as I swapped out the old Super Record ones. I think the Dia Compe ones worked much better than the Campag aero offering at the time.

  6. Must be a heavy sadlle on that one – check out the compression on the tyres

  7. @Oli Brooke-White

    Before anyone asks, that’s Gert-Jan Theunisse.

    Correction, that’s Gert-Jan Theunisse, Ugliest Man Alive.

  8. @mouse

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    Looking at the photos, the one where he sport the TVM jersey, you can see that his bike is a Zullo, a beautiful Italian steel bikhe, still in production.I think that the Kelly Concord was Italian too…

    Ah, indeed it was. Much like this one…

    He, of course would have had the Columbus SLX Squadra, whilst this one was the humble Columbus SL Gavina.
    I also had the Dia Compe aero levers as I swapped out the old Super Record ones. I think the Dia Compe ones worked much better than the Campag aero offering at the time.

    Those PDM Concorde’s were some of my all-time favorite bikes ever. Just a quick scan of the list of dude’s who stomped on those things, and it’s enough to bring a tear to your eye.

  9. I liked those Concorde’s and the color scheme so much that I picked up one of the PDM jerseys. Darn thing has always been a bit big on me.

  10. @mouse
    Stunning bike, by the way, thought I can’t approve of the removal of the Campa levers.

  11. I can’t say if paint-schemes now are better, still I like his frames.
    You judge:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/zullo.maso/PAINTWORKS

  12. @frank
    Yeah, I know.
    Consider it an expediency for the time.
    Everything was going ‘aero’ at the time.
    The first generation Campag aero levers didn’t work particularly well due to the way the cable routing worked.
    The Dia Compe ones had a much better method of routing as well as a better placed pivot.
    I could brake from the hoods with these where I never could with the Campag ones.
    Hmmm. Seems like I’m making excuses.

  13. Oh, and the other thing to note was that Sean Kelly actually rode on those very wheels.
    I had just had them built up by the shop in Toronto that I was racing for at the time.
    For some reason or other I was away the week that there was a big summer crit that attracted some big guys to come over. Bauer was there, Kelly and many others.
    In any case, when I picked up my wheels, the guys told me about it.
    I always imagined that a bit of the hard man may have rubbed off. Sadly I was deluding myself.
    Kelly was kind enough to autograph a PDM hat for me.

  14. @mouse

    Oh, and the other thing to note was that Sean Kelly actually rode on those very wheels.
    I had just had them built up by the shop in Toronto that I was racing for at the time.
    For some reason or other I was away the week that there was a big summer crit that attracted some big guys to come over. Bauer was there, Kelly and many others.
    In any case, when I picked up my wheels, the guys told me about it.
    I always imagined that a bit of the hard man may have rubbed off. Sadly I was deluding myself.
    Kelly was kind enough to autograph a PDM hat for me.

    THAT is a fucking cool story, mate.

  15. @Oli Brooke-White

    Zullo may indeed make beautiful frames, but that pus yellow with white and grey streaks paintjob TVM used the following season was a crime against humanity…

    I’ve been trying to work out what the hell is going on with that saddle.
    Looks like some kind if fairing.
    Damn ugly addition to the poo coloured frame.

  16. Phil Anderson, my all time sporting hero who stands head and shoulders above the others, Cadel, Stuie and Neil Stephens included! A Hardman! At the time I had to own a pair of these Factory Pilots just because Phil did. They were terrible! The foam pad would collect the sweat for an hour and then , all of a sudden, super-saturated stinging sweat would pour into your eyes!

  17. @Pistolfromwarragul
    Why do you think Phil rode so fast in those things? He wanted to get shit done with before he blinded himself with his own V.

  18. @mouse
    I think it’s 1991. Thierry Marie rode a bike with a similar fairing while riding for Castorama. It was made by (or for) Selle Italia saddles.
    See this ling and scroll down for fuller view: http://forum.slowtwitch.com/forum/Slowtwitch_Forums_C1/Triathlon_Forum_F1/Retro_TT_stuff_P2658158-24
    I know in one of his 3 Tour prologue wins the one he rode with was huge and black. I’m sure Patty McQuaid would ban them outright these days!

  19. Sorry to drag things down this route, but I saw Anderson interviewed on Aust. TV recently where it was alleged he was present in the hotel room when the then 21 year old COTHO bribed ($50K) a couple of Italian riders to help him take the $1M prize for crossing the line first (I can’t call it winning) in all three of the triple crown races in the USA. Anderson was like a rabbit in the headlights, umming and ahhhing and generally coming across as guilty as all fuck. It really left me in no doubt that he was aware of Pharmstrong being a cheating pile of shit from the very earliest days.

    Gutted.

    Reminds me of a line on The Paul Hogan Show when I was a kid..”it’s kind of like finding out that Muhammad Ali is a poofter”

    *please excuse 70’s Aussie bogan homophobia

  20. @El Segundo

    Phil was my idol when I started racing  in the 80’s. Have a autographed cap as well as collected any newspaper results/reports that I could get as cycling news wasn’t as big as it is now. Even posters up on my bedroom wall. My LBS gave me the old Shimano calendars that had wide, landscape pic of most of the classic european races, kept the ones with PA in them.

    Saw that said interview and like you was gutted. All the umming and aaring, he arrrs a lot anyway, had guilty all over.

    Now every time I see him talking, as the late great Bill Hicks once said,

    every word that comes out of your mouth is now like a turd falling into my drink…”

  21. @sthilzy I dare say you were more disappointed than I, me being just a kid and a casual observer in Phil’s day. He was still a hero to me though.

    In retrospect my interest was purely nationalistic, and I never raced, I just liked riding my bike. The same bike I’m rebuilding now. That’s a great quote from Bill Hicks too, but it’s a shame to be introduced to it in this context.

    All this doping/cheating shit really makes me question how realistic it is to have naively expected more from these guys, as if they should somehow be immune from human frailties. Though I’ve despised cheating ever since playing footy in primary school, I shudder to think how I’d answer some difficult questions about my distant past. From the way he responded to those questions, I dare say it plays on Phil’s mind to this day.

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