Category: A Picture Speaks…

A Picture Speaks 750(!) Words #7 – El Purito y El Bala

When Ramunas Navardauskas took bronze in Richmond he became the first rider from Lithuania to medal at the cycling World Championships. He wore a shocked smile on the podium, suppressed slightly by a curiosity for how he had achieved the result. It was, by all accounts, a medal to celebrate. The same cannot be said

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #6 – Vietto

This picture is from 1934 and the well-versed will recognise the hunched figure as Rene Vietto. It’s not his face that reveals his identity, but the picture in its entirety. Vietto is the “the wall guy”. A darling of French cycling and an early influence on the code of the domestique. Vietto was responsible for

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #5 – Vos

Shortly after this photo was captured, Marianne Vos admitted that she had forgotten what it felt like to be the World Champion. The Dutch superstar had previously snatched a road World Title in 2006 at the age of 19, despite eligibility for the junior race. A young Vos had chased down first Nicola Cooke and

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #4 – Dumoulin

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. I say 500 is a more realistic figure. To fully appreciate this photo – three Giro rivals finishing a minute after the stage winner – you have to understand a little about the 2015 Vuelta Espana. It also helps to know the personalities of the men in

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #3 – Armstrong & Mayo

The two faces dominating this photo carry entirely different expressions. Wearing the Dauphine’s inverted polka dots is a rider with innocence and arrogance in equal measure. He’s unzipped, unleashed, and unaware of the hatred being stared into his back. The familiar face behind is fuelled with anger towards a rider he calls ‘the punk’. It’s

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #2 – Tchmil & Museeuw

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. I say that 500 is a more realistic figure. The above is a slightly curious image from the 2000 Tour of Flanders. The rider on the left has paired a conventional helmet with sunglasses. If it wasn’t for the Mapei logo on his chest he could easily

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A Picture Speaks 500 Words #1 – Guerini

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. I say that 500 is a more realistic figure. In this series, I’ll be taking a photo from cycling history, dissecting it, rewinding, and telling the story. Where better to start a photo-themed series than a 1999 Alpe d’Huez stage, remembered for the bad choices of a

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