Tour de France mood board, part 2

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CESENATICO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 08: Italian cyclist Marco Pantani, winner of the 1998 Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, plays with his dog at his family home on November 8, 1998 in Cesenatico, Italy. Pantani, 34, was found dead on February 14, 2004 in his hotel room in Rimini, Italy. Pantani, 34, was found dead on February 14, 2004 in his hotel room in Rimini, Italy. His death was ruled accidental – the result of a drug overdose – but his family have long disputed those findings, suspecting foul play. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

I like to imagine modern racing heroes in old black and white, tires strapped smartly and efficiently over their shoulders, caps pulled up. Tadej Pogačar has elements of a young Jacques Anquetil, don’t you think? Jonas Vingaard, face puckered past his 25s, looks made for aviator goggles and a singlespeed. And Mathieu van der Poel, he reminds me of someone. I can’t put my finger on that.

These photos are arranged in roughly chronological order because how our sport has changed, and how it has not changed, is an endless source of fascination.

If you missed the first part of this series, which explains the premise, you can find it in the first Mood Board. The short version is that these are photos dumped into a folder on my desktop over the years, each one extracted and saved as it creates a mood that I one day want to replicate or capture. As before, we are limited to photos to which we have rights, primarily via the Getty Images archive. But there is still a lot to cover.

We left in the 1930s, when Victor Cosson, a year after his third place in the Tour de France, pulled himself together after the stage.

CESENATICO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 08: Italian cyclist Marco Pantani, winner of the 1998 Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, plays with his dog at his family home on November 8, 1998 in Cesenatico, Italy. Pantani, 34, was found dead on February 14, 2004 in his hotel room in Rimini, Italy. Pantani, 34, was found dead on February 14, 2004 in his hotel room in Rimini, Italy. His death was ruled accidental – the result of a drug overdose – but his family have long disputed those findings, suspecting foul play. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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