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  • NY’er

    Simply amazing shots. Thanks for sharing Wade. Carn the Aussies!!

  • jules

    great shots wade.

  • The Fignon shot reminds me of his book – he talks at some length about his Milan San Remo wins. It’s clear how important they were to him. (The whole book is worth reading)

  • Mel

    Prediction – three years in a row Aussie first, Cancellara second, what do you think?

    • Neil_Robinson

      …you’ve forgotten ciolek. he won last year.

      • Matt de Neef

        Neil: that comment was posted before last year’s race. See the note at the end of the article — this is an article we published last year that we’ve added some images to and refreshed for this year.

        • Neil_Robinson

          I don’t have time to read timestamps… there are people wrong on the internet!!

  • Justin

    That pic of Fondriest in ’93 reminded me of the terribly chaotic finish that year. A commissaire’s car was stopped within metres of the finish line and the desperate carabinieri tried to stop the other bunches from sprinting. Many of the front group had crashed after the line into the car and Cippo, bless him, threw his bike through the commissaire’s back window in anger. Only in Italy…….1993 Milan-San Remo – YouTube

    • Patrick

      What I wouldn’t give to see that bike going through the window…

    • dcaspira

      Awesome race Justin, thanks for reminding me of the mess at the finish line, classic Cippo!

    • Sean
  • Pete

    Great pics.

    I really hope that one day Haussler returns to his previous form.

    I’m hoping for Cancellara to get the W this year. He just has to work out how to get away from the bunch whilst nobody is looking this time.

  • Great pics. Still feel for Haussler. The Poggio is just fantastic.

    Cancellara for the obligatory pic at the fountain.

    Thanks Wade

  • CB

    The rival LeMond looks back at is Mario Beccia (pretty sure!). The pic with Planckaert and Sergeant isn’t 1982, my guess 1986, judging my the dirt on their faces. Great pictures nonetheless, as always on CT.

    • James

      I’d say ’86 as well. Panasonic weren’t formed til ’84 anyway which is the jersey Planckaert is wearing and ’86 was a filthy edition.

  • Eugene

    great gallery, thanks for putting this together. The first pic though isn’t Merckxs second MSR win but 76. He rode for Peugeot for his first two wins. He had the red Faema jersey for 1969 and 1971 was the first of his Molteni wins. The 1972 one is class in the rainbow jersey! (although he won again in the rainbow in 1975)

  • Abdu

    Nit picking I know, but…Cippolini’s biggest win to date? By the Milan San Remo win he’d won 34 stages & 2 points jerseys in the Giro, and 12 stages in the TdF.

    • Sean Doyle

      Cippo himself said it was one of his biggest wins. The one he always wanted besides being world champion.

  • Abdu

    Although the English cycling journo’s like to say Gerro’s win was from wheel sucking, they can’t acknowledge the fact that the little guy was able to (almost) match his power output, or that it was simply the best tactical ride, or the existence of Nibali who gave nothing and was most certainly only able to wheel suck (not that there was anything wrong with just hanging on as he did). For mine, Gerro’s win ranks up there with some of the best.

  • Abdu

    Although the English cycling journo’s like to say Gerro’s win was from wheel sucking, they can’t acknowledge the fact that the little guy was able to (almost) match his power output, or that it was simply the best tactical ride, or the existence of Nibali who gave nothing and was most certainly only able to wheel suck (not that there was anything wrong with just hanging on as he did). For mine, Gerro’s win ranks up there with some of the best.

    • Ian

      Did the English cycling journos really have a pop at Gerro’s win (and it was a brilliant win)?

  • Abdu

    Reckon I can see 3 podiums (but not a win) by Tommeke in those photo’s above. And I thought Spartacus was unlucky..?

  • Abdu

    Reckon I can see 3 podiums (but not a win) by Tommeke in those photo’s above. And I thought Spartacus was unlucky..?

  • Sluggo

    Garrans’ win was the worst/cheapest ever…total wheel suck…

    • NY’er

      Are you serious? Since when has bike racing been about raw power? Gerro showed he’s got a good head on his shoulders and Cancellara showed he still hasn’t learnt from the mistake he continues to make over and over…

      • Patrick

        Honest question: How do you think Cancellara would be best served to win these sort of races? It seems he’s been dealt a great bike riding hand, but has only one trick. He knows it, so does the rest of the field. So if he can’t TT away to victory, burning people off his wheel, he’s never going to win. Is there any other tactic available to him? (I’ve no problem with Gerran’s tactics, by the way.)

      • Nitro

        I remember Cancellara talking specifically about this after the race when someone asked him a question in press conference.

        He said something along the lines of “I figured I’d rather go on the front and try and drive the break / make it stay away, than sit in and know the breakaway the break’s going to get caught”

        Good on him for giving it a go I say…

    • look at the face of nibali and gerrans, that’s not wheelsucking. Gerran’s SRM data was posted on the web and he had to follow some 1000 watt attack downhill by cancellara. Bike racing you race to your strengths. Fabian and gerrans raced to theirs.

    • jules

      did you realise that wheelsucking is integral to the sport of cycling? the objective is to shelter yourself from the wind. only a fool puts his nose in the wind to show his strength. Cancellara worked as he thought it was his best chance to win – no other reason. winning is all that matters (doping, etc. aside).

    • CB

      Sour grapes Sluggo ol’ mate. Cancellara should use his brain a bit more, instead of it being all braun. No other rider with a good sprint would’ve done any different then did Gerrans.

    • Sean

      Ok Sluggo, i’m no longer the CT troll, happy to pass that honor over to you.

  • these are memorable shots, thanks Wade for the compilation.

    Haussler’s career could have gone in a different direction if he had won the race but such is life. He’s nowhere close to his best now but I hope he could finish in top 10 for IAM. This year’s race has Sagan written all over it.

  • The second image – the one of Merckx semi-smiling, confidence beyond comprehension, holding the trophy and flowers – that’s one of my favorite pictures ever. It’s perfect.

    • Matt

      I would just like to agree with Jered.When I saw that photo of Merckx,instant fanboy.The confidence,the poise…Interesting to see what floats Gered’s boat as his images are also fantastic.

  • Steve G

    Amazing pics.
    You guys (with the consent of your many photographers) should do a series of CT wallpapers… maybe like one a month? It’d be top stuff.

    Mind you, you’re probably busy with the rest of the site!

  • Dave

    Two thoughts:
    1. Is that Ron Burgundy to the right of centre in the Moser photo?
    2. Has there ever been a worse combination of pro kits seen together than the shot of Cipo and Batini?

    • Notso Swift

      I feel sick in my mouth every time I see the Zebra kit

  • Kev

    a few Aussie have gone close to wins in the 80’s

    Anderson was away in 84 for 120km solo, in grim conditions, then in 87, Peiper attacked the break and was unfortunate to get caught by Maechler.

    Pity, you didn’t dig photos out of those races.

  • Damien P

    Is there anywhere in Melbourne to watch MSR live?

    • Sean

      Do you know anyone with a TV or Internet connection?

      • Damien P.

        Yeah I know I can watch it on sbs or online (I prefer the euro-sport commentators), but it would be nicer in a pub or similar.

  • Mark

    Great images here.
    Just one point.. It’s Oenone Wood not Woods I believe…..

  • Ralph

    great shots, lol @ that porno zebra kit

  • Wakatel Lu’um

    Can’t believe you missed one of the best MSR ever…1992 when Sean Kelly won after chasing Moreno Argentin down!

  • Roel

    Is that Jan Ulrich in the background of the Museeuw – Pantani-Den Bakker pic?

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