Anatomy of a Photos: This Is How It’s Done

Before we move on to the last Monument of the season, let’s reflect on what happened in Richmond. My deeply held fears of the American organizers making a mess of things were unrealized. The two cobbled climbs were spectacles and the resulting road races were pretty damn fine.

Personally, I don’t think the Worlds should ever end up in a bunch sprint. Sprinters should have their chance but the race should be so tough that even a flat course ends up in a fractured gasp for the line. The women’s finish was not a field sprint. Lizzy Armitstead led from the bottom of the last hill and made sure no one got past her for very long. Anna VDB was there but she was not going to win this one. Armitstead was probably the strongest/fastest in her field and kept it together to prove that.

Peter Sagan won from kilometers out, gaining time with each corner. He might not have been the strongest or fastest but he was most definitely the smartest. He sat in the field the whole race and then jumped everyone with a move that won the day.

Neither winner had a strong team for support. When it comes down to the final kilometers, it’s all legs, brains and heart.

It will be a pleasure seeing the rainbow stripes on these two for the next year.

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166 Replies to “Anatomy of a Photos: This Is How It’s Done”

  1. @emerson

    I can’t believe it; it’s the 2nd day of the year and I’m in my first stoush already. I’m sorry I was a smartarse; it was totally uncalled for, and I also regret my lame retorts to your excellent reply to said smartarsery.

  2. @Gianni

    @Jay

    I think Sagan is will kill it. Even in 2012 he was just getting distanced in the Ronde, either Fabs or Boonen were schooling him but he is capable of some Spring Classics and Milan-Sanremo. I could not have been more impressed with his Worlds win. It was genius.

    Sorry, going through old threads here but I completely agree Gianni.  And it is important to realize that he is only turning 26 years old tomorrow.  If he stays focused and injury free, he could dominate for another 5 to 8 years.  And he has already won 4 green jerseys, the Worlds, stage sin the Vuelta and TdF, G-W, placed seond in MSR and RVV, and a shitload of other races either won or podiumed.  My fear for him is always that the “life” of fame will outweigh his riding life, kind of like what happened to Ronaldinho in futbol.

  3. @Oli

    @emerson

    I can’t believe it; it’s the 2nd day of the year and I’m in my first stoush already. I’m sorry I was a smartarse; it was totally uncalled for, and I also regret my lame retorts to your excellent reply to said smartarsery.

    Jesus Christ, what the fucks happened???  Somehow we have the brilliant Oli back (yes I was gone for a year and yes, the site always pulls us back in!!! –but, my excuse was purely IT issues) but now he is apologetic for a possibly perceived slight to someone!  Good damn, man!  You’re like Tigger without his bounce!!!   Love you, Mate!!!

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