Legends of the TDF......whose yours....?

by colhum1   June 30, 2012  

Gino Bartali....for me...
Just read a book given to me called "Road To Valor" about his wins pre and post war plus the Giro 3 times....during the war he worked with the Italian resistance cycling all over Italy delivering forged docs to help Jews escape the nazis. Awesome.
You tube review here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zuUlQTDiP4

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Freddy Maertens.
He had an up and down career but won 7 stages and the green jersey the year i got into racing.
He was a tough Flandrian, but had a personality that appealed to me.

posted by festival [101 posts]
1st July 2012 - 0:35

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I've got a few, Thor Hushovd and Spartacus (of course).

Then, Hinault and Lemond.

Voigt is great as well.

Hoogerland.

Anyone who's from Colombia.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
1st July 2012 - 12:14

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tommy simpson Thinking

slightly more aerodynamic than a brick

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posted by HarveyMorcombe [48 posts]
1st July 2012 - 12:25

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Well, for me it's got to be Thomas Voeckler. The sheer determination, guts and all out 'I aint gonna give up' attitude he showed last year is everything cycling is to me.
I couldnt help jumping out of the chair and yelling him on, especially on the climbs - tounge hanging out and gasping for breath, just like a little terrier, he just wouldn't give in.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

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Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
1st July 2012 - 12:31

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festival wrote:
Freddy Maertens.
He had an up and down career but won 7 stages and the green jersey the year i got into racing.
He was a tough Flandrian, but had a personality that appealed to me.

Freddy manages the Ronde museum in Oudenaarde, even after 3 years in the job the electronic till still confuses him!

As I'm half Flandrian I'll have to nominate The Cannibal.

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posted by Crosshouses [172 posts]
1st July 2012 - 13:11

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Lance Blushing

posted by daddyELVIS [384 posts]
3rd July 2012 - 0:11

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The ones that got me addicted to the TdF back when I was a kid...
Roche
Chiapucci
Abdoujaporov

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
3rd July 2012 - 9:14

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Merckx for one simple gesture. After Ocaña's fall had taken him out of the race and gave the yellow jersey to Merckx he declined to wear it next morning in respect for the Spaniard. Can't imagine many riders doing that before, then, or now.

Dave

posted by RALPH 98 [7 posts]
3rd July 2012 - 13:26

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Another vote for Abdoujaparov and also Marco Pantani.

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3rd July 2012 - 13:44

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