Photos of the Day: The power that comes from within
Time to zone out from today's late-breaking, interminable, and depressing 'did-he-or-didn't-he' doping news, and enjoy a few photos specially selected to match the local weather here today, and serve as a reminder of why we all love this sport.
The pure spectacle of man against mountain, in adverse weather. A setting that strips away all the nonsense and leaves us with the bare essence. A man. A bike. Adversity. Acceptance.
And a quote that - to me anyway - is a pretty relevant response to today's headlines and associated spin. Particularly to those of us who might be asking the obvious question, "tell me why should I believe in this sport again?"
"I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way.
So where does the power come from, to see the race to it’s end? From within."
Ian Charleson, as Eric Liddell: Chariots of Fire, 1980.
|'The Angel Appeared between Snowbanks'|
Charly Gaul. Giro d'Italia, 1957.
|'Broken Shoulder, Unbreakable Spirit'|
Fiorenzo Magni. Giro d'Italia 1956.
Climbing to 2nd overall on the famous Monte Bondone blizzard stage
|'Winged Archangel, with Sword'|
Charly Gaul. Giro d'Italia, 1956.
Triumphant climb to the Maglia Rosa in the Storm after slaying his opponents with his weapon of choice.