Photo of the day: Pollentier in the '77 Giro.
Style, schmyle. It's overrated. Case in point. Flandria's Michel Pollentier in the '77 Giro. Team leader out with broken wrist, the man from Nieuwport just stepped up and took command. Pollentier may not have looked very good on a bike- sitting sideways, kness sticking out, lots of upper body movement. But he had the fitness and the motor to make the thing go. Some say his success was chemically induced. I'm inclined to believe it came from riding all winter into the wind off the nordzee, and marathon cyclocross sessions in the dunes with Freddy Maertens.