Mark Johnson’s favourite photos of 2013

The second instalment of a series by some of RIDE’s contributing photographers* is from Californian-based Mark Johnson. You can find other samples of his work here.

Click the image of Cancellara in the Tour of Flanders (below) and have a glimpse at some of Johnson’s highlights of a most interesting season.


  • At the Tour of Flanders, Fabian Cancellara makes his race-winning move against Peter Sagan on the Paterberg climb.

  • While this year\\\'s Classics ran under icy grey skies, Belgian fan Whim Verduyn brought plenty of color to the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

  • With 15 kilometres remaining at Paris-Roubaix, Belgian Sep Vanmarcke looks back at breakaway companion Fabian Cancellara at the Carrefour de l\\\'Arbre. Cancellara went on to win the Hell of the North in a thrilling two man standoff in the Roubaix velodrome.

  • With current Belgian superstar Tom Boonen looking over his shoulder at the amd Melbourne visitor Lew Targett listening in, legendary Belgian rider Freddy Maertens recounts his 1974 World Championship victory. Oudenaarde, Belgium.

  • Early in the 2013 edition of Paris-Roubaix, the peloton rumbles over a cobbled track near St-Hilaire-lez-Cambrai.

  • Fans watch the Paris-Roubaix field storm through the trenches of northern France.

  • In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, a Belgian town that suffered horrifying human and property losses during World War I. In 2014 the Tour de France will pass through Ypres in commemeration of the WWI centenial.

  • Belgian university students celebrate the Spring Classics in a field along the Paris-Roubaix route.

  • The day after his Tour of Flanders victory, Fabian Cancellara fan club members gather at the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The Swiss star visited the museum to speak with his adoring Belgian followers.

  • Irish Garmin-Sharp rider Dan Martin is still in disbelief as French announcer Daniel Mangeas (with back to camera on left) calls him onto the awards podium to accept his 2013 Lìege-Bastogne-Lìege victory trophy.

  • On a day that saw temparatures strike 46 degrees, the Amgen Tour of California descends from the San Jacinto Mountains into scorching Palm Desert.

  • The final stage of the eight-day Amgen Tour of California took riders from San Francisco to Santa Rosa by way of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • The peloton turns away from the Pacific Ocean along Keys Creek during stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California.

  • Avoiding a jam-up caused by a crash at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Ricardo Garcia rides over a traffic island and narrowly avoids French photographer Etienne Garnier.

  • Near Santa Clarita, California, a farm worker harvests oranges while the Amgen Tour of California races past.

  • Shown here on Québec City\\\'s Cote de la Montagne, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec brings all the drama and atmosphere of European WorldTour racing to North America.


*Intro to the series: As we ride towards the end of 2013, RIDE Media will be publishing a collection of images from some of our valued contributors. We asked some of our regular photographers to send a selection of shots from the season with a little explanation of what makes the photo special. While some of the images in these galleries may have been published in RIDE Cycling Review (or elsewhere) beforehand, this is our way of saying farewell to 2013 and thanks for the memories. There were some special moments throughout the season and I think you’ll agree that these photos capture the spirit of cycling.

Part 01: Mark Gunter

Part 02: Mark Johnson

Part 03: Yuzuru Sunada




Author: rob@ride

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