where are they now?

Where Are They Now? Eros Poli, the Giant of Ventoux

An old red steel Pinarello hangs on the wall of Eros Poli’s dining room in Verona, Italy. A yellow team cap with the crown cut off, his trademark, still draped around the handlebars just as it was on that day. It was July 18, 1994, when Poli cemented his name in the Tour de France history …


Where Are They Now? Pedro Delgado

Over the course of a 12-year career, Pedro Delgado became one of the most successful Spanish Grand Tour riders of the 1980s and 1990s. Among his successes were four stages and an overall win at the Tour de France, and five stages and two overall titles at the Vuelta a Espana. Two decades after Delgado …


Where Are They Now? Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

The other day, CyclingTips’ Matt De Neef met the most feared sprinters of all time, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, for a chat. The responses were both surprising, and not so…but you really have to know about the man who is Djamolidine Abdujaparov. For those of you unfamiliar, here’s his story…


Where are they now? – Matt Bazzano

Years before we used Bitcoins to pay our iTunes account, cycling fans in Australia rarely saw the world’s best cyclists. Race results drifted back from Europe in three-month-old magazines or were hidden deep in the newspapers, all part of the secret code of being a cycling fan. In this 1980s micro-climate of Sydney cycling, Matt …


Where Are They Now? Scott Sunderland

In this instalment of Where Are They Now?, Jamie Jowett catches up with one of the legends of Australian cycling, a man who made a mark as a rider, as a team director and now as a commentator and cycling administrator. It seems silly to ask about Scott’s whereabouts when we often see him on …


Where Are They Now? “Bulldog” Besanko

With the 117-year old Melbourne to Warrnambool being raced tomorrow I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to one of the races greatest champions, Peter “Bulldog” Besanko who won the Warny three times off scratch. Good luck to all 229 competitors racing tomorrow in one of Australia’s greatest Spring Classics!


Where Are They Now? Scott McGrory

For a long time now I’ve wanted to do a “Where Are They Now” piece with Scott McGrory. He’s an incredibly down to earth guy who’s doing a remarkable job on the other side of his professional cycling career. Fox TV have beat us to it and they tell one of his stories better than …


Where are they now? | Clyde Sefton

“Racing is licking your opponent’s plate clean before starting on your own”, said Tim Krabbe in his iconic cycling novel The Rider. Kevin Clyde Sefton raced exactly that way, winning with not an ounce of his own effort wasted. Efficiency and results were what his rivals remember him for, some even jokingly called him ‘Jack’, as …


Where Are They Now – Micheal Wilson

“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much; if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is …


Bordeaux – Paris, When Distance Was King

I’ve always been intrigued by these old classic bike races that spanned hundreds of kilometers and the riders motorpaced behind Dernys. Nowadays you see these post-Tour Derny events such as the Antwerp Derny Criterium, but these are just showcase events which are nothing like they were back in the day.


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