An amateur Thomas Voeckler smiles in the front row

An amateur Thomas Voeckler smiles in the front row

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Who is this young rider in a “Royal Soda” jersey?

Who is this young rider in a “Royal Soda” jersey?

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Peter Sagan in his early days. Note the #1 race number.
Photo from petersagan.net

Peter Sagan in his early days. Note the #1 race number.

Photo from petersagan.net

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I found the image on seniorennet.be, a blogging platform for Belgian seniors.
The photo shows Lomme Driessens, a famous team manager from the 1970s. He managed Merckx but the two never got on and separated. But Driessens was in the team car for many wins during this period with Freddy Maertens and more.
On the right is Fons de Wolf. Yes, Fons de Wolf. He was once touted as “the new Eddy Merckx” but of course nobody has ever come close to replicating Merckx, whether in wins or just the dominant racing style.
The photo seems to capture some of the story. Driessens has his eyes closed, hinting at imperfection. De Wolf seems happy posing with his car but looks too tall to fit inside, as if he can’t fit into Merckx’s shoes either. Besides, it is pouring with rain, it makes for an odd photoshoot.
Driessens has passed away. After a decade of riding, including some big wins like two Het Volks, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Lombardy and more Fons de Wolf retired from the sport.
Today De Wolf works as an undertaker and has buried some of his former team mates.

I found the image on seniorennet.be, a blogging platform for Belgian seniors.

The photo shows Lomme Driessens, a famous team manager from the 1970s. He managed Merckx but the two never got on and separated. But Driessens was in the team car for many wins during this period with Freddy Maertens and more.

On the right is Fons de Wolf. Yes, Fons de Wolf. He was once touted as “the new Eddy Merckx” but of course nobody has ever come close to replicating Merckx, whether in wins or just the dominant racing style.

The photo seems to capture some of the story. Driessens has his eyes closed, hinting at imperfection. De Wolf seems happy posing with his car but looks too tall to fit inside, as if he can’t fit into Merckx’s shoes either. Besides, it is pouring with rain, it makes for an odd photoshoot.

Driessens has passed away. After a decade of riding, including some big wins like two Het Volks, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Lombardy and more Fons de Wolf retired from the sport.

Today De Wolf works as an undertaker and has buried some of his former team mates.

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Eddy Merckx at work in his parents grocery store in Woluwe, a Brussels suburb.
Part of the “When They Were Young” series, click on the WTWY tag for more.

Eddy Merckx at work in his parents grocery store in Woluwe, a Brussels suburb.

Part of the “When They Were Young” series, click on the WTWY tag for more.

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1979

1979

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1993.
Jim Daughterty,  George Hincapie, Rickey Hincapie, Jamie Swan, Ryan Ochers, Brad Hogan, Radisha Cubric (National Champion of  Yugolavia), Charlie Issendorf and Yanni Feldman.

1993.

Jim Daughterty, George Hincapie, Rickey Hincapie, Jamie Swan, Ryan Ochers, Brad Hogan, Radisha Cubric (National Champion of Yugolavia), Charlie Issendorf and Yanni Feldman.

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Philippe Gilbert, age 16

Philippe Gilbert, age 16

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The first in a series of “when they were young”.

The first in a series of “when they were young”.

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