Riders with style, class, souplesse

Let's see some photos and videos of rider who rode with beauty, class, panache, souplesse or whatever you want to call it. Riders who inspire or inspired you just watching them ride. I'll get it started with a little VdB.



From velominati:
Souplesse. Only the French would have such a word; one you can sink your teeth into, chew on. It begs to be spoken over a plate of assorted cheeses and a bottle of vin rouge. Its exact definition is unimportant; such things conjure up an image in our minds that is cheapened by words. Souplesse is the ideal, sought by all and obtained only by The Few.

Souplesse is the perfect storm of Looking Pro; harmony between grace and power, casual and deliberate. It speaks of the entire organism, the perfectly manicured machine together with the perfectly refined position and technique of its rider.
 
Vino

Not particulalry stylish, classy as ****, brute force, more panache in his little finger than the whole pro peloton of today combined, the killer instinct of a combination of a tiger, a lion and a cobra combined into a deadly super animal that was created by a doctor with the genious of Einstein and dreadfulness of Mengele. Had the perfect combination of sadism and masochism that made him love to inflict pain on his adversaries and himself for hour upon hour until everyone but him cracked.
 
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Riders who inspire me and with panache huh?...without a doubt the number one goes to...

Fiorenzo Magni! The definition of panache, fight, and never give in.


Also got to throw out a mention to my favorite cyclist in the current pro peloton. Lo Squalo dello stretto.


Good thread RF! :)

Edit: and also what Vino said above, good post!
 
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Christopher Froome:



Another rider with a very distinctive style. Not as classically elegant as the likes of VdB but cuts a very streamlined appearance on the bike that perhaps best expresses the modern aesthetic principle 'form follows function' in today's peloton. In the era of last kilometer sprinting, Froome's attacking mentality and willingness to commit from far out is refreshing. A rider with panache.
 
SeriousSam said:
Christopher Froome:



Another rider with a very distinctive style. Not as classically elegant as the likes of VdB but cuts a very streamlined appearance on the bike that perhaps best expresses the modern aesthetic principle 'form follows function' in today's peloton. In the era of last kilometer sprinting, Froome's attacking mentality and willingness to commit from far out is refreshing. A rider with panache.
Is the purpose of the thread to post riders with a distinctive, nonethelss terrible style or elegant style? If it's the first parameter, I think this guy needs a mention too:
 

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