If the eyes don't get you, the legs will

  1. @brett

    @DCR

    He makes Marcel Kittle look like Marcel Kittens with quads like that!

    That is possibly the greatest photo of all time.

    And the white helmet looks surprisingly….modern.




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  2. @Ccos

    Indeed it does. A better look at it.




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  3. Yeah, that white helmet looks a whole lot like some of the new aero lids. I’m intrigued by Kittel’s new helmet and also those Lampre were wearing at the Tour Down Under.

    And goodness, those are some guns. They’re so massive they’ve caused the Wall Squatter to lose control of his eyebrow, which is arched in sheer wonderment.




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  4. @brett

    @wiscot

    This one…

    From this article…

    Yup, THAT one! Thanks for posting.




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  5. @wiscot

    It looks like the yellow jersey flamed the tape clean off his bars.. hammer time!!




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  6. @brett

    @Chris

    @brett

    Tell me about it. I did the Tuesday night smashfest in my Giro New Road gear tonight and it didn’t slow me down any. (Possibly because I can’t go much slower.)

    You’re not going to turn up at the Keepers’ Tour in mtb kit are you?

    Is that a challenge? I think Frank would have kittens… so maybe, yeah!

    The real question is, are you gonna turn up at Keepers Tour in any kit?

    I can’t believe you ride your road bike in mountainbike clothes. And you call yourself a Keeper.




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  7. Lets not overlook the perfect hairnet placement, either. What a stud.




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  8. @Ron

    Uh oh, not quite so smooth and dapper…

    Oh, he’s still got it.

    But I have to say I have absolutely no idea what is going on here in this photo. Beyond bizarre. This is why Belgian TV doesn’t make it Stateside.




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  10. And speaking of killer guns and the shorts the right length to show them off, I always had a thing for Claveyrolat.




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  11. @wiscot

    I was at the Worlds in 1988. I am an American and was racing with a small Belgian amateur team that season. I watched the race from about 100m from the finish. The finish is still burned into my memory. I still race and manage a small amateur program where we revere the V and the awesome Belgian men!




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  12. @frank

    And speaking of killer guns and the shorts the right length to show them off shorter than short shorts…

    …whilst towing the press bikes home.




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  13. @frank

    And speaking of killer guns and the shorts the right length to show them off, I always had a thing for Claveyrolat.

    Racing then

    Racing now




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  14. You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.




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  15. @Tom Saccone

    @wiscot

    I was at the Worlds in 1988. I am an American and was racing with a small Belgian amateur team that season. I watched the race from about 100m from the finish. The finish is still burned into my memory. I still race and manage a small amateur program where we revere the V and the awesome Belgian men!

    We need to hear more from you!




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  16. @ped

    @wiscot

    You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.

    I had to put those two pics side by side to compare. Emotion, humanity, Kodachrome warmth. Corporate, digital, robots. Sure, it’s partly nostalgia, but photographers definitely have a harder job capturing emotion under sunnies and helmets, and I expect contemporary riders aren’t allowed to express much individual character anyway.




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  17. @wiscot

    You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.

    Very well said. I think so much of that is connected to the sunglasses, and not being able to see in to the riders’ eyes.




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  18. @pistard

    @ped

    @wiscot

    You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.

    I had to put those two pics side by side to compare. Emotion, humanity, Kodachrome warmth. Corporate, digital, robots. Sure, it’s partly nostalgia, but photographers definitely have a harder job capturing emotion under sunnies and helmets, and I expect contemporary riders aren’t allowed to express much individual character anyway.

    Hmm.




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  19. @The Grande Fondue

    @pistard

    @ped

    @wiscot

    You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.

    I had to put those two pics side by side to compare. Emotion, humanity, Kodachrome warmth. Corporate, digital, robots. Sure, it’s partly nostalgia, but photographers definitely have a harder job capturing emotion under sunnies and helmets, and I expect contemporary riders aren’t allowed to express much individual character anyway.

    Hmm.

    Touché, but I still think the eyes have it. I miss seeing the shift too:




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  20. @The Grande Fondue

    That’s a good image but still lacks a certain feel. That aside it was a great stage to watch at TDU. I am finding a fondness for the earliest races of the year. They seem to wet the whistle just in time for the classics.




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  21. Richie does a good pain face, “I’m about to take a few big bites of the V, are you coming with me?”

    Cuddles has his tongue in cheek thing going one last time, Rohan Dennis seems pretty OK with the whole thing and everyone else just gritting the teeth.

    from http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01/porte-climbs-to-stage-5-win-in-the-tour-down-under-dennis-retains-overall-lead/




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  22. Porte has the Goldilocks Principle sorted at least. Dennis looks like he’s off to school.

    And Cuddles needs to keep riding… those guns are going to waste.




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  23. @pistard

    @The Grande Fondue

    Touché, but I still think the eyes have it. I miss seeing the shift too:

    Oh, it’s on.

    (Ignoring for the moment that J-Rod always takes his glasses off…)




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  24. Do you think anyone had the nerve to give it to Moser about the length of his shorts? A little playful ribbing at the start line.




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  25. Suffering face, Andrew Talansky – Il Lombardia 2012




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  26. Thought these worth posting……different weather for Spring Classics




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  27. Moser will be wearing wool shorts which rode up no matter how much you didn’t want them to.




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  28. @Pedale.Forchetta

    Dick face, Andrew Talansky – Il Lombardia 2012

    Fixed your post.




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  29. @The Grande Fondue

    @pistard

    @ped

    @wiscot

    You know, when helmets and sunglasses became de rigeur in the peloton, something was lost in our ability to really connect. Look at Plankaert’s face. That’s a man whose gas light is flashing and his check engine light has just come on. And he’s ignoring them both.

    I had to put those two pics side by side to compare. Emotion, humanity, Kodachrome warmth. Corporate, digital, robots. Sure, it’s partly nostalgia, but photographers definitely have a harder job capturing emotion under sunnies and helmets, and I expect contemporary riders aren’t allowed to express much individual character anyway.

    Hmm.

    He gives good pain face, but I see your glasses covered pain face and raise you a stage 5 TdF.

    http://images.cyclingtips.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-Tour-de-France-Stage-5-16.jpg




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  30. Here’s another set of images from this year’s Tour, Stage 5. Sunnies off and you can really read the effort and emotion.

    http://www.steephill.tv/2014/tour-de-france/photos/stage-05/#294-IMG_0341.jpg




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  31. @brett

    Ahah! Yeah it could be!

    Actually I hope to have the chance to take some photos of Richie Porte at the next Giro.




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  32. Speaking of spring classics and snapshots… my favorite from last year. SPRING CLASSICS ARE FOR BADASSES. I love this one:

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  33. Richie stalking Cadel, last lap up Willunga !




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  34. @wilburrox

    Yes, that was a fantastic finale also. Sadly so much promise unfulfilled last season, hopefully more to come this year from a few new’er’ classics specialists. GvA also a highlight for me last year.

    Apologies for the pic post fail.




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  35. @Beers

    TdF Stage 5 was beyond cool and Boom’s performance was simply looney tunes impressive. He smashed it. The images captured in the photos, I dig the one of Porte on Thomas’ wheel and all tattered and torn, can’t help but make me think I’m not worthy.

    I love this time of year coming up!




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  36. @Pedale.Forchetta

    I have a dislike for Talansky after an interview he did a couple of years ago, basically he was defending Armstrong and made the statement that “fans owe it to the riders to believe in them”. Sounded like soundbites straight out of the COTHO handbook. He reiterated the same sentiments in a consequent interview. Fans don’t owe anything to riders, riders need to make us believe… statements like his only reinforce the belief that there is still something rotten in Denmark.




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  37. If you want to see someone looking shit, look no further than Peter Winnen.

    He once got into trouble because of that, his team leader kept thinking he was looking at the ladies on the side of the road.




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  38. @brett

    Tejay van Garderen has also gone down in my estimation since the recent Rouleur article mentioned that he was training with Armstrong.

    Surely anyone must realise that their credibility will be fucked by association regardless of what they were actually doing.




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  39. @wilburrox

    Speaking of spring classics and snapshots… my favorite from last year. SPRING CLASSICS ARE FOR BADASSES. I love this one:

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    Awesome photo. Old school Rule #9 racing.




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  40. Say what? Winnen looking shit? Shurely shome mishtake? Who’s the BMC rider in the orange jersey posted above? THAT is looking shit.

    As for Talansky, if what’s been posted is true (those comments) then he’s just gone way down in my regard. Riders owe it to their fans to give them reason to believe in them. Hey, Talansky, who buys the products advertized on your kit that pays your wages? Oh, yeah, fans. You owe them, not the other way around.

    TvG training with Armstrong? Why not go for a nice espresso with Dr Ferrari? It’s just coffee? Boy’s a fool. When you sleep with dogs, don’t be surprised if you get up with fleas. Can’t believe BMC wouldn’t nip that shit in the bud.




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  41. Winnen must have been thinking about Rule #6 “free your mind and your legs will follow” or was he just looking casually deliberate? I think he looks awesome!




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  42. @wiscot

    When you sleep with dogs, don’t be surprised if you get up with fleas. Can’t believe BMC wouldn’t nip that shit in the bud.

    Andy Riis owned Phonak as well….Hamilton, Landis…would you really be THAT surprised?




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  43. I guess I was hoping “lessons might have been learned” but apparently not. Why any cyclist would want to be seen in Armstrong’s company baffles me. I mean, he just said that he’d dope all over again, just not do the comeback.




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  44. Sound familiar? Excerpts from the Talansky bullshit file:

    Full interview here




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  45. @wiscot

    I remember vividly the faces portrayed in Winning Bicycle Racing magazine from the early 90’s.

    I would get copies from what I now know to be an early sensei, he would thumb through them and pass them on to me.

    One thing that I still recall are all the contorted smiles even in the midst of the greatest efforts.




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  46. @brett

    Sound familiar? Excerpts from the Talansky bullshit file:

    Full interview here

    I think if AT had placed more emphasis on “this generation” his quote would have been better. I still think the riders have to prove it to the fans by returning several seasons without a whiff of suspicion.




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  47. There will never be a time of no suspicion, and if we were foolish enough to think there was the whole sport would revert back to how it was in the bad old days. I don’t believe this means that guys like Talansky can’t get frustrated with the constant line of questioning though, just as his frustration shouldn’t prevent us from being suspicious; either he’s clean – in which case why shouldn’t he be frustrated with the suspicion? – or he’s dirty and hopefully we find out one day.

    Also, it sounds familiar because there are only so many words or phrases available in the English language to proclaim your innocence, and when Armstrong said those things there was no Armstrong Lie to add a context – Talansky has the history to understand the ramifications of the lie that Armstrong couldn’t…




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  48. Fuck drugs. Get guns.




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  49. @The Grande Fondue

    Fuck drugs. Get guns.

    Indeed. Cyclists looking badass like that makes me a little weak in the knees.




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