Hands up who phoned in sick to work in order to duck into day two of the Rouleur Classic? If you did, we’re pretty sure it was worth it, as Friday featured just as many big names as the opening night. Paolo Bettini, John Degenkolb, Alberto Contador and Vuelta stage winner Stefan Denifl were amongst those who took the stage.
In a fascinating panel discussion Canyon-Sram’s Tiffany Cromwell, Iris Slappendel and Laura Winter discussed the way forward for women’s cycling.
The audience was also presented with a world exclusive as Jonathan Vaughters and Andreas Klier unveiled the dazzling Team Education First 2018 racing and training kits.
Finding John Degenkolb in more relaxed fettle than he’s been for much of 2017.
Not here in person this year, but we couldn’t do The Monuments entirely without Eddy. Here’s Merckx’s Faema jersey from the 1969 Tour of Flanders, when he went on a solo break with 73 kilometres to go.
A smouldering Fabian. Is there another kind? Cancellara was a fans’ favourite at this year’s Rouleur Classic.
Pretty in pink. Kim Magnusson lids up, before his appearance on stage to reveal the 2017 (EF Education First powered by) Cannondale kit.
For some of our attendees, it really is all about the bikes.
This iconic Brooklyn jersey might be as American as apple pie, but it was actually made in Italy. One of the last kits produced under the Vittore Gianni label before the company became Castelli
Team AquaBlue Sport have dazzled the crowds in their debut season. With a colour scheme like this, we’d expect nothing more.
Forget ejector seats and wing-mounted machine guns, James Bond’s next vehicle of choice will feature deep-section rims and internal cabling.
Give us a smile, Paolo.
Is Alberto Contador bowing out at the right time? “It’s a different cycling now, more calculated, about how many watts you can do.”
Ned Boulting’s interview with Philippa York, on stage in the Rouleur Classic Theatre, was many people’s highlight of the weekend