2009 Tour de France: Oh, here be the very, very rare if not possibly endangered and/or extinct vertical-striped Italian Tricolore. (Credit: ???? via MrCyclingWorld.com)
2009 Tour de France Random Finish Line Photo: You know the saying “that if it looks like the finish line it usually is”—oh, no you don’t know it? We just made it up cause we’re pretty little liars. Anyways, we, if you did then doesn’t this look like it’s “finish line time” with helmet straps hanging askew and zipper down to show some man cleavage—oops, that slipped. We must keep this tasteful. Yes, classy indeed. We can’t—shan’t be sounding like aging spinsters in 19th Century BBC miniseries, no no no. (Credit: Roberto Bettini via Roadbikeaction.com)
2007 Tour de France, Stage 11: Pippo modeled his shiny shoes before the start in Marseilles. (Credit: Roberto Bettini via Cyclingnews.com)
2007 Tour de France: When residing in crazy country where cyclists, regardless of their bike-handling skills, helmetless Pippo would be criticized by hyper safety awareness group (who believe we all ought to live in padded cells for our own good) for riding around without their helmets because it is another bad example for the children who are our future yada yada yada but has anyone ever seen riders—Tour de France riders at that—tip over on their machines going to and fro, um, from signing in? Denis Menchov and Euskatel riders are not counted among the answer(s)…if there be any. (????? via Cannodale Blog)
2007 Tour de France Team Presentation: Keep frosty! Or would “Stay frosty!” be more appropriate? According to the acclaimed Urban Dictionary former means “Calm the frak down!” whilst the latter means can be more than “Stay alert!” as in “Be cool, man!” So, obviously, we shall select the latter. (Credit: Franck Faugere via Newscom)
2008 Tour de France: It is easy to be distracted by enticing tan lines but one must not overlook the gilded, golden tennis shoes.
Credit: Roberto Bettini.
2008 Tour de France: Did Manuel Quinziato and Pippo seek to further their tanlines in order to obscure the telltale signs of being cyclists?
Credit: Roberto Bettini.
2004 Tour de France, Stage 7: After 204 kilometers of racing, Spartacus congratulated stage winner Pippo in Saint-Brieuc.
Credit: EPA/Belga Picture.
2007 Tour de France Check-Up: In London, Mad scientists hired by ASO and UCI investigate the secrets of style that some riders, such as Pippo, possess naturally…are those compression socks around his ankles?
Credit: Oliver Weiken/EPA via Newscom.