2014 will be the first classics season I’ve watched without Juan-Antonio Flecha. He was always a favorite of mine for his cool salute and willingness to attack from however far out seemed necessary.
He won a Tour stage, but he was a Classics rider at heart, so I’ll call the 2010 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad his biggest win—but only because “neutral” service towed Nico Mattan past him at Gent Wevelgem in ‘05.
Flecha also came across as a nice dude. Here he is retrieving an arm warmer from a competitor’s rear derailleur in his final classic, last year’s Giro di Lombardia (which also has an HTRWW, though Flecha did not feature).
My Kit is constructed of cubes, the cobbles are also. I will lick the salt of your tears. Hangry face.
Just what we needed…Spring is coming!!
This is the Mapei kit incarnation that I own. This photo makes me happy, though I feel strangely compelled to track down a matching hairnet as well.
Eff yeah the Classics.
Solid #tbt work on the Velonews Instagram today.
HOW DO YOU SAY “KNUCKLE SANDWICH” IN DUTCH?
FUCKING HAVE IT JAN.
Pretty good connection for an on-bike punch. Even the Badger tended to dismount and flail.
By the way his knees are grabbing the top tube, I think Raas is still fully clipped in [see high-res, via Velonews, #26 in this apparently un-indexed slideshow], with one point of contact, his opposite arm on the roadside berm. The Koppenberg makes these things a little easier.