Sunday, March 3, 2013
Here are the second week's selection. Remember, each vote counts towards our prizes to be drawn near the start of the Giro d'Italia!
1. David Millar: As the second most votes on week 1, David Millar carries over to the second week.
2. Edwig Van Hooydonck: Van Hooydonck was a classics rider extraordinaire. The bib-knicker is attributed to him, as he was experiencing a knee injury when going into the 1989 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), he had a custom set of shorts made so that one leg stretched over the knee instead of getting it taped. He won. When faced with the option of continuing his career as EPO began to become the norm in the early to mid 90s, Van Hooydonck chose instead to end his racing career. He did not want to be a cheater, and in the end had been cheated out of the last few years of his racing career.
3. Marshall "Major" Taylor: Major Taylor was the sport's first superstar. He was also the first Afro-American to ever win a world title - in anything! He won the majority of the races he entered despite the rampant racism of the day. He promoted clean living, but was quoted once during a 6-day race in New York, "I cannot go on with safety, for there is a man chasing me around the ring with a knife in his hand." His odd response was potentially due to nitroglycerine use which was commonly used by the Soigneurs of the day. Or exhaustion, as 6-day races at the time were just that - six days of racing!
4. Captain Tiddlepuff: Never one to ignore the voices of the fans, we add this favourite to the list of potential candidates. Rob Bailey's cat...