Riders with style, class, souplesse

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Videos was asked for. And when speaking of Indurain:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Efn0MfzUo

Many are the greats from days when television was black and white whom has been spared the humiliation of facing Indurain in a 73 km time trial. When he was at the top of the game (1992/1994) it was like watching a mix between a massmurder and a Monet painting. You'd knew the Tour was killed but it went down in absolutely style, executed by a humble and classy champion.

Tags: Jan Ullrich.
 
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Fignon. Looked very elegant on the bike in nearly all situations.

Bugno had a very smooth pedal stroke as well.
 
because of the helmets, i think no rider from the last 10 years should be posted here. a little respect guys for people like bugno,pantani,vdb,koblet,anquetil. that was class
now they all have plastic on head

for example, class, imagine how cool it would kittel look and be remembered:



how is he really looking on the bike:



bleargh
 
Jul 24, 2009
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Souplesse=Anquetil ( wish I had a photo, can't download)

There was a story about Anquetil loaning a pair of his wheels to Van Looy, only to get them back destroyed.

Anquetil super smooth
 
Might as well divide the topic, because panache can be a few things and some are posting their favorite riders, which does not necessarily mean what the OP means. For instance, ivf considering the style and position on the bike, I'd say someone like Daniel Martin, Alejandro Valverde, and a new favorite, Antonio Carvalho. They're all very different. If considering, say, who's cunning, easy pick would be Rui Costa...

...and Jean Robic. :p
 
BigMac said:
Might as well divide the topic, because panache can be a few things and some are posting their favorite riders, which does not necessarily mean what the OP means. For instance, ivf considering the style and position on the bike, I'd say someone like Daniel Martin, Alejandro Valverde, and a new favorite, Antonio Carvalho. They're all very different. If considering, say, who's cunning, easy pick would be Rui Costa...

...and Jean Robic. :p
I thought about that when posting the topic. I figured there would be a lot of interpretation of the intent, which is great IMO. Let folks post what they want to bring to the table. Even the trolling. No worries.

See, now if you're going to troll the thread, it's nice to have a good sense of humor. Chapeau.

burning said:
Great stuff so far. Great to see Koblet make it, great call. Shocker of the thread? No Coppi! WTF people. :)

Ride!
 
laurel1969 said:
Now that depends on what version. The first did not look bad, but the 2009-2010 was terrible. He sat soooo far back on the bike, and so low down. He had his arms stretched out so far that he seemed to struggle reaching the handlebar.

Looked like an old man pushing a wheelbarrow.
 
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trevim said:
All things aside, Andy is one of the most elegant climbers of the last decade. Perfect balance between power and cadence.
+1, As pure and elegant a climber as there ever was. :)
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
On the track, a proper hour record attempt.


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It was very considerate of him to hold her leg steady with his left hand while signing with his other one.
 

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