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Rest Day Style
All riders want to look their best at the Tour. Yet, however stylish a rider may look on the bike with his speed and supplesse, the fact he is forced to wear exactly the same clobber as his colleagues just isn't cool. The true, individual style of a rider can only be gauged in those moments off the bike: at the press conference; during the stage transfer; in the café (and in some cases in the bar). And yet none of these compare to what you learn about the personality of the rider on the rest day. Just think, a whole day to look like… well, this:
Anquetil was arguably the most stylish man on and off the bike. He set the bar so high that we haven't really seen anyone match it since and Anquetil was one rider guaranteed to look debonair on rest day. This shot, taken somewhere near Aix Les Bains in 1958, tops our gallery due the fact that Anquetil manages to retain his panache despite being surprised by the photographer’s flashbulb. His mechanic (right) seems not to agree with his boss’s choice of attire, the quintessential race cape. C'est chouette!
Pantani’s love of tracksuits, earrings and giant t-shirts was apparently influenced by hip-hop fashion. Chapeau Marco.
A man who's clearly taken style counselling from Bono and, er… Indiana Jones? It's clearly Cipo, however, seen here in paparazzi stealth mode. Allez Mario.
Bernard Hinault was a fan of walking around in his cycling kit on rest day. That and showing off his collection of jerseys. In the 1980s, many teams believed that staying in bib shorts was good for the legs, much like the modern vogue for athletes to wear knee-length compression socks in their downtime. Bof!
Jan Ullrich. In lederhosen. Drinking beer. Very German. And very good for recovery (apparently).
My god, the 1960s has a lot to answer for. Then again, if listening to The Who helps Wiggins wear the Golden Fleece all the way to Paris, he can dress however he pleases. Bonne route, Bradley.
Not sure if, technically speaking, this qualifies as pros on a rest day but I recognise these two hipsters from somewhere…
- Last week was a great one for Rapha Condor JLT, all the action and images now up on the team site: http://t.co/ftBejPnnCJ
- RT @alainrumpf: Well done @mike_cuming and @raphacondorjlt winner of #TdK2013 under the scrutiny of latest drone… http://t.co/gv81uP9mHP
- In their attempt to cross the US in 24 days, @michaeltabtabai & Andrew Hudon will ‘Leave It On The Road’. → http://t.co/Per6QsCAtt
- We are delighted to announce the opening of a one-month, pop-up @RaphaCycleClub in Tokyo this summer from 22/6–21/7 → http://t.co/Jrc0EKZ9ky
- Huge congratulations to @raphacondorjlt’s @mike_cuming for winning the @TourdeKorea2013 and to @tomsoutham for best DS. #TdK2013
- @danfromnam in Corsica — outtake from our 2013 Spring/Summer shoot #corsica #beningstagram http://t.co/03A7pT9mtj
- Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ! The most important jersey of #TdK2013 hot off the press. http://t.co/Pflx0eUfdv”
- What a day... The boys keep Mike Cuming in yellow, after having to chase all day. Great performance by all.
- Just rehearsing the whole of Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday to recite to the boys...
- UK: Thanks to all who came to to tonight’s Rapha Étape Evening in London with @CyclefitUK — one of our biggest turnouts yet.