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Originally Posted by iab
Is that the ugly Italian Michael Chiklis?
Is that from any particular race or just general footage?
The footage is from several different races, including at least one Tour de France (and likely several) and at least one World Championship (you can tell because of Merckx and Gimondi in national team jerseys instead of the trade team, race leader, Italian Champion tricolore or World Champ Rainbow Jersey they have on in all the other shots) and spread over about 6 or 7 years, I'd estimate.
If memory serves, Merckx rode for Peugeot in 1966 and 1967. He rode for Molteni from 1971 to 1976. He is pictured in the livery of both teams, and there appears to be more than four years' spread between the very boyish-looking Eddy in Peugeot kit and the more mature-looking Eddy in a TdF Yellow Jersey with "Molteni" on it.
Also, Gimondi would have to have been pretty darn young (c.1963-64) in some of those shots of him in the black-and-white vertical striped jersey (G.S. Carpano??), as he was riding for Salvarani when he won the TdF in 1965 and I believe was always on either Salvarani or Bianchi teams thereafter. Not 100% sure about that, though.
All in all, some terrific footage. How about those shots of Merckx (in the Rainbow jersey) absolutely flying along the road spinning his top gear? Think you could hold that wheel? Not this child.
I wish the editor had stayed with one race longer before cutting away, and maybe lose the singer
but it was still a treat. In my one viewing, I also spotted Luis Ocana (climbing with Eddy and Felice) and Roger deVlaeminck (in the Brooklyn kit, talking to Mercx - you can just barely tell that it's The Gypsy). I'm sure there are other big names in there that repeated viewings will reveal, maybe even The Bulldog of Flanders, Walter Godefroot, then a major force in the Classics and more recently known as the now-fired manager of the Telekom-***-T-Mobile team who clearly came to hate Jan Ulrich's personal manager, Rudy Pevenage.
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