Monday, 4 March 2013
Picture This: In The Shadow Of The Coliseum
This must surely be the cycling photograph of the year so far and it could be a hard one to beat. A stunning photograph to mark a stunning victory by Frenchman Blel Kadri (AG2R) in Sunday's Roma Maxima single day race. Kadri found himself in the early breakaway before dropping his opponents with 40 kilometres to go and riding solo to victory in front of Rome's Coliseum and the Fori Imperiali ruins. Kadri spent 127km's in the days breakaways but still had the energy left to see off a chasing group in the closing kilometres containing Vincenzo Nibali by a cool 37 seconds. Nibali's group was caught by the main bunch with metres to spare resulting in Pippo Pozzato crossing the line in second place with hands aloft believing he had taken victory - embarrassingly he wasn't aware (thanks to a no race radio policy) that Kadri had escaped him. It was a remarkable finish to a very entertaining race.