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.