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by Mark Zalewski
February 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.
Hennie Kuiper, who soloed to win the 1983 Paris-Roubaix almost did not win. While leading the race a photographer squatting on the shoulder of a cobbled section of road forced Kuiper to quickly swerve to miss him, resulting in a rear puncture. Fortunately Kuiper got a change and was able to hang on for the win. Now Kuiper’s son is trying to find the photographer for a book about his father, and is turning to social media for help.
Hennie Kuiper dropping the hammer on the cobbles during the 1983 Paris-Roubaix. Kuiper crashed twice, somehow maintaining his position within the lead group. At 6km, Kuiper punctured, but his team manager was able to quickly bring a new bike to him.
“Like many riders during Paris-Roubaix my father sometimes rode onto the shoulder instead of the cobbles. He had to avoid the squatting man who was shooting. My father lost the tube from his rear tire,” Bjorn Kuiper told NOS.
The younger Kuiper wants to include the photograph and the photographer’s story to complete the book about his father’s career.
“He probably told his story to other people. There is now so much shared on social media. Hopefully there will be a reaction.
“We know only that the man was wearing glasses and had a red bag with him. He is probably Belgian or French.”
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