The week that was: photos for discussion (wk12, 2014)

As we sift through the numerous photos supplied by contributors from around the world, some images simply beg for attention. The editing process is never easy for there are literally thousands of shots on offer for every issue we publish. Sometimes the photo suits the story, sometimes the composition is too good to ignore, but there is always a reason for the selection. With the blessing of some contributors, we will be publishing weekly highlights from the production process. As we make the magazine, we see photos that we’d like to share before going to print – and thus a new online feature is born. ’The week that was…

At RIDE we are continuously reviewing cycling – and have done since 1998. The hope is that this weekly collection of images offers our readers an insight into some of what we get to see in between issues.

Here is part one of our new series, from week 12 of the year… including scenes from Criterium International in Corsica, the opening round of Australia’s National Road Series – the Tour de Perth – and other events from the final days of March and early April 2014.

 

Fränk Schleck in the time trial of stage two of Criterium International. The Luxemburger was particularly aggressive on the Col de l'Ospidale in stage three – finishing fourth – but he rode the TT with... ah, no stomach. Well, perhaps it was the timing of the camera shutter but the belly, it seems to have vanished for the photo. Impressive shot, bizarre body composition. Photo: Graham Watson.

Fränk Schleck in the time trial of stage two of Criterium International. The Luxemburger was particularly aggressive on the Col de l’Ospidale in stage three – finishing fourth – but he rode the TT with… ah, no stomach. Well, perhaps it was the timing of the camera shutter but the belly, it seems to have vanished for the photo. Impressive shot, bizarre body composition.
Photo: Graham Watson.

 

Nacer Bouhanni is congratulated by team-mate Francis Mourey after winning the opening stage of Criterium International... but what is noticed is the tattoo on the inside of Mourey's forearm. We've asked what it's all about and shall report in due course... Photo: Graham Watson

Nacer Bouhanni is congratulated by team-mate Francis Mourey after winning the opening stage of Criterium International… but what is noticed is the tattoo on the inside of Mourey’s forearm. We’ve asked what it’s all about and shall report in due course…
Photo: Graham Watson

 

Almost one year on... The 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen was a great race but much of the commentary afterwards related to Peter Sagan's antics on the podium. A year later, he seems to realise that better behaviour is required and, on the podium of the GP E3, he offers a cheeky grin while keeping his hands to himself around the podium girls. Niki Terpstra, however... well, the picture tells a story. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Almost one year on…
The 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen was a great race but much of the commentary afterwards related to Peter Sagan’s antics on the podium. A year later, he seems to realise that better behaviour is required and, on the podium of the GP E3, he offers a cheeky grin while keeping his hands to himself around the podium girls. Niki Terpstra, however… well, the picture tells a story.
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

 

The Tour de Perth got underway with a twilight (or poor light) criterium in Freemantle. Shannon Johnson leads Will Clarke out of a corner... at the finish that order was reversed: Clarke first, Johnson second. (Click here for Nick Squillari's blog about the night.) Photo: Julia Kalotas

The Tour de Perth got underway with a twilight (or poor light) criterium in Freemantle. Shannon Johnson leads Will Clarke out of a corner… at the finish that order was reversed: Clarke first, Johnson second. (Click here for Nick Squillari’s blog about the night.)
Photo: Julia Kalotas

 

The opening round of the 2014 NRS was contested with the Avanti Racing Team taking home the spoils thanks to the efforts of TT wizard Joe Cooper. Here he celebrates with team-mates after the final stage. Photo: Julia Kalotas

The opening round of the 2014 NRS was contested with the Avanti Racing Team taking home the spoils thanks to the efforts of TT wizard Joe Cooper. Here he celebrates with team-mates after the final stage. Left to right (back to camera) Neil van der Ploeg, Taylor Gunman, Joe Cooper (yellow), Aaron Donnelly and Mitchell Lovelock-Fay.
Photo: Julia Kalotas

 

(From left to right): Sebastian Henao Gomez, Vasil Kiryienka, Ben Swift, Peter Kennaugh, and Dario Cataldo in the Coppi/Bartali week... Sky won four of the five stages of the race, with Swift starting things off, the team taking the TTT, Kennaugh winning a road stage and TT... and the GC title. Stay tuned for an interview with Ben Swift - coming soon to ridemedia.com.au. Photo: Graham Watson

(From left to right): Sebastian Henao Gomez, Vasil Kiryienka, Ben Swift, Peter Kennaugh, and Dario Cataldo in the Coppi/Bartali week… Sky won four of the five stages of the race, with Swift starting things off, the team taking the TTT, Kennaugh winning a road stage and TT… and the GC title. See our interview with Ben Swift for more…
Photo: Graham Watson

 

While the end of March went well for Sky in Italy (see Coppi-Bartali week), the same couldn't be said for the team in Belgium. Ian Stannard (pictured) and CJ Sutton both sustained injuries in crashes at Gent-Wevelgem that will rule them out of the rest of the Spring Classics. Photo: Graham Watson

While the end of March went well for Sky in Italy (see Coppi-Bartali week), the same couldn’t be said for the team in Belgium. Ian Stannard (pictured) and CJ Sutton both sustained serious injuries in crashes at Gent-Wevelgem that will rule them out of the rest of the Spring Classics.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

GP E3... a familiar scene: Fabian Cancellara and Stijn Devolder driving the pace on the pavé... but what's what? Alejandro Valverde getting in on the action? The GC men are coming to the Classics in 2014. Next up: Wiggo to appear in the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday. Photo: Graham Watson

GP E3… a familiar scene: Fabian Cancellara and Stijn Devolder driving the pace on the pavé… but what’s what? Alejandro Valverde getting in on the action? The GC men are coming to the Classics in 2014. Next up: Wiggo to appear in the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday.
Photo: Graham Watson

 

In the first week of April, the team selection for the 69th Vuelta a Espana were announced with only on Spanish squad, Caja Rural, amongst the four wildcard invitees. MTN-Qhubeka also got the call-up, which means it will be the first African-registered team to contest a Grand Tour. Photo: Graham Watson

In the first week of April, the team selection for the 69th Vuelta a Espana were announced with only on Spanish squad, Caja Rural, amongst the four wildcard invitees. MTN-Qhubeka also got the call-up, which means it will be the first African-registered team to contest a Grand Tour. There will be only two Spanish teams in the Vuelta this year. (Click here for the full list of teams for La Vuelta 2014.)
Photo: Graham Watson

 

The week of the round table... we dance whenever we're able. We do routines and chorus scenes... with footwork impeccable. Okay, enough with the Python quotes, let's move right along. Greg Chalberg poses with one of the five test bikes that will appear in RIDE #64 on the day of our 'Round Table Discussion'.  Photo: Shane Lovejoy

The week of the round table… we dance whenever we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes… with footwork impeccable.
Okay, enough with the Python quotes, let’s move right along. Greg Chalberg poses with one of the five test bikes that will appear in RIDE #64 on the day of our ‘Round Table Discussion’.
Photo: Shane Lovejoy

 

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