Anatomy of a Photo: Greg LeMelvis and Tom Ritchey
Brett’s article on the the 1995 Worlds set the standard of quality in our fledgling Anatomy of a Photo series. The great tale he had to tell of watching it from Spain, the artifacts of mid-90’s racing such as the neon colors and handlebar attachments, to say nothing of the identification of Oliviero Rincon (who, I believe may have accomplished more in his career falling off his bike than winning races).
I’m following up on his analytical and articulate piece by submitting a photo that that does little more than make me giggle like a school girl. This puppy could double as a groundbreaker in the Breaking the Rules series, given all the violations I’m seeing even at a first glance. Quite frankly, I’m not sure what to say that this image doesn’t already communicate in spades.
We have LeMelvis, seemingly not in any way on the same page as American Cycling Icon Tom Ritchey. He seems to be begging for Tom’s attention like a child tugging at his mother’s skirt. Tom seems to hardly notice the three-time Tour winner and is apparently intent on capturing him in this humiliating state. Not that Greg needs help in that department, seems a proper genius at it, in fact.
Then we have the fact that LeMond is riding in a longsleeve jersey, and Tom has seen fit to (shoddily) cut the sleeves off his jersey altogether. Seems to be bit of a difference betwixt the two in sense of temperature comfort zones, or perhaps a more coordinated evaluation of the outside temperature pre-ride would have been suitable.
In any case, this photo deserves a place in this series, and what better time than a Friday afternoon to stare at a computer screen and make fun of some people who have accomplished loads in their careers. I prescribe heavy helpings of The V to both of them.