Paolo Bettini honoring his recently deceased brother with a solo win in Lombardia, crying as he crosses the line--wins don't come much more beautiful and bittersweet than this. Cycling victories always combine some element of the victor's suffering with his joy, but this win has so much of both that I feel a little guilty or voyeuristic when I watch and enjoy it for myself.
Didn't go to the link, just assumed that El Chaba had been confused with Ochoa - my bad
Beautiful wins? Chiapucci winning at Sestriere, Hinault/Lemond on Alpe d'Huez (history says Hinault edged it), Indurain riding the perfect TT in Luxembourg, Kelly plummeting off the Poggio to take M-SR - the list is truly endless...
There are a lot of beautiful wins, but one that really stands out for me is Pantani's win on Ventoux in 2000. He had cracked on Hautacam just a couple of days earlier, and he started yo-yoing off the back at the bottom of Ventoux just to put in some serious attacks when they reached the moon-landscape. He managed to get away, then Armstrong attacked himself up to him, and despite trying to drop him, the Pirate managed to hang on and outsprint Armstrong for the stage win. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU4azlaV1Ko&feature=fvst
Tafi was building a new house at the time he won P-R and race organisers gave him another cobble to use in its construction - that was a beautiful win. Was pleased to see O'Grady take the Hell of the North in such fine style too.