THE SPRINTERS’ CODE
A bunch sprint of prints.
Is there a more thrilling sight in cycling than a bunch sprint in full flight? Sprinters are the prize fighters of the sport, driven by a fearless will-to-win that borders on the suicidal. Sharp elbows, sharp reflexes, and the fastest legs in the peloton.
This is the full set of five prints celebrating some of our favourite sprinters.
We’ve interpreted their lives and careers - the victories, the teams, their countries, their triumphs, their disasters.
Sprinters 001: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
The maddest and baddest of them all was Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, the Tashkent Terror. Elbows out, head down, weaving across the road: you passed Abdou if you dared.
Sprinters 002: Mario Cipollini
Flamboyant, a playboy, a showman and very, very fast, the tifosi and the press loved Mario Cipollini. And Mario loved, well, Mario.
Sprinters 003: Thor Hushovd
Few riders have ever been more aptly named. Big, blond and heroic, few can live with Thor when he puts the hammer down.
Sprinters 004: Sean Kelly
When is a sprinter not a sprinter? When he is Sean Kelly, one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. The king of the classics, Grand Tour winner, and on his day the fastest finisher in the world.
Sprinters 005: Freddy Maertens
For a double World Champion and winner of a staggering 373 races, Freddy Maertens was an unlucky man. Unlucky to be riding in the Merckx era, racing against the greatest of them all. Without his nemesis racing against him, how many more races could Freddy have won?