this is actually how I have always "profiled" him. the first image that comes to mind is Jan in Lederhosen and a pastry over Tour weight
Yeah, absolutely brilliant photo.
While living in Tuscany I met and trained with many PT riders. Jan Ullrich was the only one I ever stopped and asked if I could take a photo with him (at the base of Monte Serra). He obliged and was a really nice guy. This was in 2006 mind you, after he'd won the ITT in the Giro and was preparing for the Tour... Imagine someone trying to stop the Lance and asking for an autograph. His bodyguards would probably shoot you. But Jan was just cruising on his own, with a single Audi wagon following him, with just a driver in it (didn't see who it was). And when we stopped to take the picture, the car just whipped around and kept going up the climb while he stood there. Too freaking cool of a guy and an example of what makes cycling such a fan-friendly sport in Europe - accessibility.
Of course I forgot to hit "save" on the stupid camera phone so the picture was lost before I even reached the base of the climb
Jan and LeMond were my two fav riders.