VDB had such class in 1999. He was incredible. Vuelta a EspaƱa, Stage 19.

He attacked inside the two kilometer to go mark, countering and passing ONCE rider Mikel Zarrabeita, and powered to the finish into Avila over the cobbles. Zarrabeita hung on to finish 2nd, 13 seconds back while the remainder of the group was led home by Kelme’s Roberto Heras.

After his stage win three days ago, and his second place yesterday, Vandenbroucke was very happy with his form: “It’s very encouraging to win another stage, my legs are in good shape. I’ve always said that the Tour is the best preparations for the world championships and also the last World Cup races. Those are now my objectives,” he said.

Although it has been hard to restart his season after his team, Cofidis suspended him over allegations that he was involved in drug peddling, he has now regained his good form. “I just spent my time training,” he said. “At first I only intended to ride the first few days in Spain because I was still not sure of my fitness for a long Tour. However I have felt better as the race has progressed.”

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/results/1999/vuelta99/stage19.html.

VDB has a posse.

Notes

  1. cycleboredom reblogged this from drunkcyclist and added:
    Classic ‘99 VDB. Also, a José Maria Jiménez sighting. Another sad loss.
  2. coffeeslot said: One of my favourite cycling moments was when during a mountain bike stage race the editor of a large, at that stage Australian based, cycling news site said I looked liked VdB.
  3. drunkcyclist posted this