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Treachery at the Worlds

andypandyp Posts: 8,742
edited September 2009 in Pro race
Following on from another thread, what's the most treacherous act you've seen at the Worlds?

I'll go first, Greg Lemond chasing down US team mate Jonathan Boyer in the 1982 Worlds at Goodwood, with Beppe Saronni on his wheel. Whoops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpuue6Pp ... L&index=27

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  • LangerDanLangerDan Posts: 6,132
    Paolo Lafranchi chasing down Simoni in the last few km of the 2001 Worlds in Lisbon
    'This week I 'ave been mostly been climbing like Basso - Shirley Basso.'
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    1962, Salo, Italy - group of 4 riders away with 2 laps to go... Shay Elliot, Jean Stablinski and two Belgians.

    Stablinski attacks and Elliot refuses to work, because they're on the same trade team and are close friends.

    Stablinski gets caught, Elliot attacks. Stablinski sits on, right, to repay the favour? Not quite - he pays the two Belgians to bring Elliot back and goes on to take the rainbow jersey :roll:
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,450
    merckx
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Barcelona 1973. A cooked Eddy Merckx letting super strong sprinter and fellow team mate Freddy Maertens lead out the sprint, so handing the title to Felice Gimondi.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbfOswyDF-c&NR=1
  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    Barcelona 1973. A cooked Eddy Merckx letting super strong sprinter and fellow team mate Freddy Maertens lead out the sprint, so handing the title to Felice Gimondi.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbfOswyDF-c&NR=1
    Just read Maerrtens autobiography - there were a lot of people who he considered "stabbed him in the back", but he had a pretty low opinion of everything Merckx did after that incident. Good read if you get the chance.
  • MoomaloidMoomaloid Posts: 2,040
    Bronzie, whats the box called? i fancy a bit of that...
  • If we're talking about the same book, it's called Fall from Grace.
    (Sorry to jump in Bronzie)
    Let's close our eyes and see what happens
  • That is a good read

    He also hints at a 'Campag' conspiracy at the 73 worlds - they didn't want a shimano equipped rider winning :?
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    afx237vi wrote:
    1962, Salo, Italy - group of 4 riders away with 2 laps to go... Shay Elliot, Jean Stablinski and two Belgians.

    Stablinski attacks and Elliot refuses to work, because they're on the same trade team and are close friends.

    Stablinski gets caught, Elliot attacks. Stablinski sits on, right, to repay the favour? Not quite - he pays the two Belgians to bring Elliot back and goes on to take the rainbow jersey :roll:

    Correcting myself - it was a German and a Belgian, not two Belgians.

    I uploaded a clip from a Shay Elliot documentary that was on a few months ago where they talk it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6X-c-zafFo
  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    If we're talking about the same book, it's called Fall from Grace.
    (Sorry to jump in Bronzie)
    Yeah that's the one. Borrowed my copy off a friend so I can't refer back as I've now returned it, but it's a real "warts and all" tale of how he brought and sold races, cheated dope tests etc. Fascinating stuff.
  • may be not treachery in the proper sense, but very very nasty:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze97yO8JpP8
  • “Age and treachery
    will overcome youth and skill.”
    Fausto Coppi, Italian
    "Champion of Champions"
    Let's close our eyes and see what happens
  • Italian teams used to be incapable of working selflessly for one or two designated leaders.

    In the 2001 elite men's RR, Paolo Lanfranchi led a group that chased down a last lap solo break by Gilberto Simoni that looked like it might just have had the legs to get the win. In the end Paolo Betinni didn't quite win the large bunch sprint, one that was also contested by at least three other Italians.

    :D

    Amazingly they got it all together as a team the following year for Cipollini's win.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,742
    Wasn't 2002 Ballerini's first year in charge? He's transformed the Italian team, making them united in a common goal. The results speak for themselves.
  • andyp wrote:
    Following on from another thread, what's the most treacherous act you've seen at the Worlds?

    I'll go first, Greg Lemond chasing down US team mate Jonathan Boyer in the 1982 Worlds at Goodwood, with Beppe Saronni on his wheel. Whoops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpuue6Pp ... L&index=27

    Great clip but the camera man must have had the camera mounted on a very long spring on top of his head! Nearly felt car sick after watching that! :)
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    NicFrance wrote:
    may be not treachery in the proper sense, but very very nasty:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze97yO8JpP8

    Remember that one with the Finish in Ronse Belgium and Claud Criquielion the home Favorite made his effort the wrong side of Steve Bauer (Canada) and the observer Mario Fondriest collecting a gift win.
    They disqualified Bauer and later Claud took him to court for compensation but I cannot remember the outcome but I don't think he won.
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • moray_gubmoray_gub Posts: 3,328
    Barcelona 1973. A cooked Eddy Merckx letting super strong sprinter and fellow team mate Freddy Maertens lead out the sprint, so handing the title to Felice Gimondi.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbfOswyDF-c&NR=1

    is that the same race were Maertens led the chase against Merckx and brough Gimondi back to him in the final lap when Eddy was away in a break ?
    Gasping - but somehow still alive !
  • Moray Gub wrote:
    Barcelona 1973. A cooked Eddy Merckx letting super strong sprinter and fellow team mate Freddy Maertens lead out the sprint, so handing the title to Felice Gimondi.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbfOswyDF-c&NR=1
    is that the same race were Maertens led the chase against Merckx and brough Gimondi back to him in the final lap when Eddy was away in a break ?
    According to Maertens he crossed the gap to Merckx on his own, but them Merckx sat up, so allowing Gimondi and Ocana to come back as well. Whatever, Meartens certainly played the role of the 'loyal lead out man' in the sprint, clearly looking back for Merckx and then having to try to sprint for a second time once he realised it was Gimondi coming past, not Merckx.
  • Benoni Beheyet - beat Van Looy into second at Renaix with Darrigade 3rd - in 1963 I think. I was there with my brother - but not on the finish line; saw the replay of the finish on a TV in the back of a furniture van!!

    Of course Van Looy never forgave him and Beheyt's only further significant win was I believe the Tour of Belgium.
    T Farr
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