Riders with style, class, souplesse

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barmaher said:
I don't particularly like the personality of these two cyclists, but I don't think you can deny that they are among the most stylish on a bike in the past 30 years.

Fabian Cancellara


Check this video out -----> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA03vSHPBJo
The way he takes the corners is breathtaking.
And for panache, check out this sprint ------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJNLMYpr2TM

And Stephen Roche

This guy was one of the most effortless cyclists in the 80s. But he could also absolutely bury himself if there was a prize on the line.
Is it my imagination or is he much leaner now than back then? (Cancellara)
 
Le farfadet de la lande Bretonne, Jean Robic.




He was astute at exploiting rules. He collected lead filled drinking bottles at the top of major climbs because his lightness led to his descending mountains slower than he wanted. When the organisers forbade filling bottles with solids, he filled his with mercury instead. He bragged of his talent, once dismissing Gino Bartali and saying of the other leading Italian that he had " a Fausto Coppi in each leg"—meaning he was twice as good.
A fellow professional, André Mahé, said in Procycling in 2007 that Robic's personality and self-importance was such that he would stand in the doorway of a restaurant until all the diners had noticed him and then announce:

"Oui! C'est moi—Robic!"
 
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You kids...

red_flanders said:
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.
May I present:







 
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Pentacycle said:

Betancur looks just effortless, even more than Schleck IMO. Just needs to have some form.
wanted to post this, but I was worried about humor and stuff...
He looks really smooth when climbing


btw I dont think Merckx style was special, not really nice
 
When the topic starter asks about souplesse (panache is something very different in my opinion), and riders are mentioned like Vinokourov, Froome, Dan Martin, etc., then it's clear that it's not clear what souplesse is all about. It isn't about winning, it isn't about character, it's about making bike riding look easy, it's about cyclists that always look comfortable on a bike, that seemingly effortlessly fly by. Such riders never 'grind', they never huff and puff. On the contrary, they sometimes give the impression they're not giving it their all, that they could try harder.

VDB is a good example I think, others like Andy Schleck too (though I don't know much about the older riders). Basso in his younger days was this as well. Perhaps Tony Martin fits the bill too, like he was riding in that TdF stage he won: he made it seem easy.
 
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BigMac said:
Le farfadet de la lande Bretonne, Jean Robic.


After recording the 2008 Tour de France to show my mom the race as it rode through her home town in Brittany, she started to reminisce of the good old days growing up and her love of the Tour de France. She was particularly focused on Jean Robic. I think it was a combination of his being Breton and him winning the first race after the war.
 
Really CN standard has always been very low but to this extent, I couldn't have thought. Beyond imagination.

Even if I am trolling I'd be on a higher level than the whole thread.
 
barmaher said:
I don't particularly like the personality of these two cyclists, but I don't think you can deny that they are among the most stylish on a bike in the past 30 years.

Fabian Cancellara

Just a shame he doesn't use that particular style more often. Looks very smooth!

T-Nielsen said:
He does not dance on the pedals as much as he is paddling like a duck.

Like him alot though. :D
He just looks like he's in pain!

jens_attacks said:
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
This isn't about their hairdos. It's about how they're sitting on the bikes with a few examples of people sitting plainly horribly, because people around here are somewhat silly.
You could sit elegantly on the bike with a bag over your head. I wouldn't recommend it though...
 
T-Nielsen said:
I always thought Laurent Jalabert had a beautiful style. Smooth and natural. Nothing looked forced or uncomfortable.
Yes!

His attack on this classic Vuelta 95 finish - yup, the Bert Dietz stage - looks fabulous.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv3GSZM-4JQ (about 6.20 into the clip)

His Fleche Wallonne win in 1997 is a favorite of mine too. One acceleration and then he dances away from Luc Leblanc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uWU_XP8NCw (about 1.01.30)

The great thing about JaJa was that he just looked classy. He could be attacking, he could be dropped like a stone - he looked great no matter what.
 
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Jagartrott said:
When the topic starter asks about souplesse (panache is something very different in my opinion), and riders are mentioned like Vinokourov, Froome, Dan Martin, etc., then it's clear that it's not clear what souplesse is all about. It isn't about winning, it isn't about character, it's about making bike riding look easy, it's about cyclists that always look comfortable on a bike, that seemingly effortlessly fly by. Such riders never 'grind', they never huff and puff. On the contrary, they sometimes give the impression they're not giving it their all, that they could try harder.

VDB is a good example I think, others like Andy Schleck too (though I don't know much about the older riders). Basso in his younger days was this as well. Perhaps Tony Martin fits the bill too, like he was riding in that TdF stage he won: he made it seem easy.
Exactly. Most of the mentioned active riders are not good examples.

IMHO, souplesse riders are Pozzato, Boonen, Millar.
 
Richard Virenque - Le heartthrob.

If you asked the french housewives of the 90´ies it was few who would denied they throwed flowers at this man alongside the French roads during the July scroll. Often criticised of fellow companions (in all kinds of jerseys) as well as historys greats of lacking a total understanding of what racing for the overall meant. But Richard loved polka dots.

Style: Panache all over the place. Had no problem to sacrifice whatever GC ambitions there was just for the sake of (insert random kilometers) swagging up front with the polka shirt on French prime time tele - for the ladies. Not the most stylish going uphill but one could grew accustomed and fearless descender whom no doubt would give Nibali a run for his money.

Notable plus: Made his bones without a plastic thingy on the head, but in a stylish Festina-cap.

 
There are some controversial picks above!

Souplesse to me is almost an oxymoron; it is simultaneously giving everything yet being calm, relaxed and in control; it is a both power and elegance; it is both brute force and restraint.

Without commenting on the older guys as I've not seen them ride, Pantani, VdB, JaJa, Moncoutié, Schleck are IMHO the best of this thread.
 
Echoes said:
Really CN standard has always been very low but to this extent, I couldn't have thought. Beyond imagination.

Even if I am trolling I'd be on a higher level than the whole thread.
Ouch.

Too funny though.:D

I'm genuinely interested in your picks.
 
Jagartrott said:
When the topic starter asks about souplesse (panache is something very different in my opinion), and riders are mentioned like Vinokourov, Froome, Dan Martin, etc., then it's clear that it's not clear what souplesse is all about. It isn't about winning, it isn't about character, it's about making bike riding look easy, it's about cyclists that always look comfortable on a bike, that seemingly effortlessly fly by. Such riders never 'grind', they never huff and puff. On the contrary, they sometimes give the impression they're not giving it their all, that they could try harder.

VDB is a good example I think, others like Andy Schleck too (though I don't know much about the older riders). Basso in his younger days was this as well. Perhaps Tony Martin fits the bill too, like he was riding in that TdF stage he won: he made it seem easy.
Agree with all that. Except Tony Martin. He drools.
 

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