Sunday, August 22, 2010
Check out this old photo from a hotel we stayed at in Italy. It might be from the Giro, if not the Tour.
Aluminium bottles (must have been high tech then), fatter tyres, the riders wear a spare and clearly have to fix things themselves rather than standing around in a huff waiting for the team car. It's hard to be sure but I think the bikes have stubby little mudguards. The cranks are cotter-pinned. I might have expected to see gear shifters on the downtubes, but can't. Surely they're not single speeds? Most striking of all - a post race cigarette. I can't see sponsors putting up with that today.