Friday File: Rambo, Free Labor Day Shipping, Planking & Laurent Fignon

Perfect conditions for Rambo.

Two great riders, past and present, are featured on Friday File...

Forty-one year old, Niko Eeckhout takes the tiger by the tail and wins solo on a wet cobbled course between Belgium and Holland called Schaal Sels last Sunday. A fantastic classic win for the tough veteran, nicknamed 'Rambo' who is thinking of extending his contract for another season. I hope Rambo returns.

Today is the second anniversary of the death of the great Laurent Fignon. After two years, it's hard to believe he's gone. This is an image from my archives of the gallant Fignon on his climb up Block Haus, in the 1984 Giro. After this stage, he lost his Maglia Rosa to Francesco Moser. Not until the final ITT was the race decided and criticized by Fignon that Moser won aided by the overhead helicopter. An on-form Fignon finished in second overall but went on to dominate and win his second Tour de France!

The gallant Professor.

We're entering the Labor Day long weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3), and Red Dots Cycling is having a Free Shipping Sale. Buy in multiples and save even more ... because shipping is on us. Happy shopping!

M 25 Cycling Cap by 
Red Dots Cycling.

Has the Vuelta come down to four-horse race? This weekend will further decide who's really in the race with three monster mountain climbs. J-rod looks ever stronger holding onto the tenuous Roja Jersey. It's going to be interesting to see how Contador, Froome and Valverde will respond as the real race begins!

I know that it takes plenty of balance to ride a bike, I'm good but not this good...

This is new to me...
It's called, Planking!

This is how Portland keeps track of their cyclists...

I love cycling caps, the quintessential part of a cycling kit. In fact, I always have one on my ride. I never leave home without one. Here's a parting image of Mr. Kelly and Mr. Da Silva (1989 Tour) showing the classic example of how to wear the cycling cap!

Kelly and Da Silva wearing cycling caps...
How can you not smile?