A dozen videos of some iconic moments from cycling’s Classic Races. If you like grainy and distorted VHS footage of skinny bikes and retro idols, this one’s right up your street.
MILANO SANREMO 1977
Jan Raas win the 1977 Spring Classic. This video is a bit dingy but it’s well worth sticking with to watch Raas’ frantic look-backs and zig-zagging. And there’s some cool cars in the motorcade too.
MILANO SANREMO 1982
The first year that the Cipressa climb was included in the Milan – San Remo route. The race was duly won by the relatively unknown Marc Gomez. The musical outbursts in this video are quite magnificently Euro!
MILANO SANREMO 1986 KELLY
Sean Kelly shows Greg Lemond how to win a Classic. Sean Kelly is The Boss of Classics.
1997 Milan San Remo
Laurent Jellybear creates one of the most famous finish line pile-ups of all time. Well done Larry!
Milan-San Remo 2004 Finish
Does anyone ever tire of watching Erik Zabel’s premature ejaculation of celebration? (Does anyone remember who actually nicked the victory by a whopping 3cm?)
Ronde van Vlaanderen 1977
Roger De Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens, Tour of Flanders. Do we need to say any more? Cycling icon fest!
de ronde van Vlaanderen 2000 Andrei Chmil
You can pretty much see the changing of the guard in this video. Ignore who ends up being the actual winner and just marvel at how Andrei Tchmil and Johan Museeuw look like their racing in different eras.
Cancellara attacks Boonen on Muur to win 2010 Tour Of Flanders
Fast forward to 2min 45sec to watch Spartacus ‘motor’ away from Boonen in another great cycling moment in history.
Paris-Roubaix 81 : Bernard Hinault
The Badger hits the deck at about the 1min 00sec mark and then proceeds to stamp his authority all over the pack.
1987 Paris Roubaix Finish
If you only watch one video in this playlist, WATCH THIS ONE. Quite possibly the most Alan Partridge-esque cycling video of all time. It also happens to be a video of the most arduous edition of the Paris-Roubaix of all time. Win win!
[Cycling] Paris – Roubaix 2006: George Hincapie crashes
George Hincapie’s fork steerer snaps off JRA. (JRA = Just Riding Along).
Liege Bastogne Liege – 30 second epic
More George Hinault toughness. Okay, so this vid is more a montage of photos of a bit of foreign-language talking-head studio clips, but it’s still worth thirty seconds of your eye-time.