John’s Humongous Holiday Photo Gallery – Fashion, Classics & Cross!

The BIG photo gallery

Another BIG photo gallery from John Thomson: ‘Why don’t you do a photo gallery for the holiday period John,’ I said. ‘Pick some more of your favourite shots’ I said. One hundred and forty-five photos later we have the biggest and most varied gallery yet from our top camera man – John Thomson.

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John says: “A year-end “Speciale Italia and Ciclocross” mega photo gallery. A mostly Italian themed collection including the Strade Bianche 2018-19, The Three Tenors, Valentino at PFW and miscellaneous shots of people, places and things in Italy. Mixed with a good dose of cyclocross and a few other goodies. Happy cycling!!!!”


For Vancouver, this is a snow storm


Like Coppi and Merckx, he won two Monuments and the TDF in the same season. 2021 Vélo d’Or winner Tadej Pogačar at Strade Bianche 2019 and maybe riding the Giro-Tour double in 2023


De-icing in Vancouver


Tom Meeusen says “The best cyclocross rider ever is a mix of Wout and Mathieu”. Wout van Aert at Essen 2016 and Mathieu van der Poel at Scheldecross Antwerpen 2018. Their first cross battle of the season is set for Boxing Day


Il Campionissimo Fausto Coppi at the Tour. Photo credit Miroir Sprint


O Canada


Marta Cavalli as Italian champion at Strade Bianche Donne 2019 and a top 10 at Flanders, Strade and Roubaix in 2021


Frankfurt Airport


Michael Vanthourenhout took one of his greatest wins at Namur on Dec.19. Here riding to 2nd place in the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse 2018


Eli Iserbyt as U23 world champion at Overijse 2016 and flying this year as leader of the World Cup


Francesco Moser and Giuseppe Saronni at the Trofeo Baracchi using bar tape only on the drops. Photo credit Miroir du cyclisme


Milan Fashion Week


The Shark has fans of all ages. Vincenzo Nibali (at Strade Bianche 2019) is back with Astana Qazaqstan and riding all five Monuments next season


Remy Averna and Sarah Mikaela at Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week


Hungarian sensation Kata Blanka Vas at Waaslandcross 2019


The Duomo di Siena was built from 1215 to 1263


No shot of MvdP on the white roads, so brown sand it is. Mathieu van der Poel at Zonhoven 2018 and will have a month of racing before the worlds in the USA


Olivia Culpo at Redemption


Filippo Pozzato won Milan-San Remo in 2006. Here at Tour of Flanders 2018


From the window of the Paris-Milan train


Rozanne Slik at Strade Bianche Donne 2018


Iris Law at Loewe. The Italian connection is that her father plays Pope Pius XIII in The New Pope


Tom Pidcock rides the Waaslandcross 2019 (at 178 beats per minute) and looks to the cross worlds and the Giro in 2022


Cimitero Monumentale di Milano is one of the two largest cemeteries in Milan. Gaspare Campari (of Negroni fame) is buried at this cemetery


Lucinda Brand is the current European and world champion in the field. Here at Overijse 2018


Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan


Antoine Duchesne as Canadian champion with nice clean kit at the start of Strade Bianche 2019


Nicky Hilton (centre) with Charlotte Cord (left) at Valentino


Pauliena Rooijakkers at Waaslandcross 2019 and off to Canyon-SRAM next season on the road


Warm light at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano


Jakob Fuglsang with Julian Alaphilippe (obscured) at Strade Bianche 2019 and off to Israel Start-Up Nation next season


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan


Julian Alaphilippe winning at Strade Bianche 2019


Castello Sforzesco was built in the 15th century and is the favorite start of the Milan-San Remo


Julian Alaphilippe about to make his winning move around Jakob Fuglsang at Strade Bianche 2019


The Pirelli Tower in Milan was completed in 1958 and was once praised as “one of the most elegant tall buildings in the world”


The double world champion with his arm tattoo a bit closer. Julian Alaphilippe at Strade Bianche 2019


Adriana Abascal at Valentino


José Joaquín Rojas at Strade Bianche 2018 and with Movistar for another season


Gastone Nencini (here with Louison Bobet) won the Giro and the Tour and was nicknamed “The Lion of Mugello”. He was an amateur painter, chain smoker, died of cancer and was an early “modifier of his own blood”. (A legal practice at the time) Photo credit: Le Miroir des Sports


Model at Valentino


Kata Blanka Vas was 4th at the Olympics in MTB and 4th at the Road World Championships this year. Here at Waaslandcross 2019


1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Le Mans Speciale (Touring) at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan


The return of MvdP to the field in Dendermonde on Dec. 26 is eagerly anticipated by cross fans. Mathieu van der Poel here at Waaslandcross 2019


The excellent Rizzoli bookstore in Milan


Susanne Andersen and Thea Thorsen at Strade Bianche Donne 2018


Photo shoot in the streets of Milan


Julie Van De Velde at Strade Bianche Donne 2018 and joining Plantur-Pura next season


Milan street scene


Maserati in Milan


Søren Kragh Andersen at Strade Bianche 2018


Lady Kitty Spencer wearing Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week


Marc Hirschi at Strade Bianche 2019 and looking for his 2020 form next year with UAE Team Emirates


Milan boutique


The legendary Felice Gimondi as race leader on a road stage of the Giro. His last win in 1976, by winning the final time trial, was called the “miracle in Milan” Photo credit: Bicisport


Lake Como is the fifth deepest lake in Europe


Christine Majerus of Luxembourg, here at Strade Bianche Donne 2018, is a 38-time national champion between time trial, road and cross


Siena early morning


Michael Schär at Strade Bianche 2018


Via Monte Napoleone in Milan


The Como-Brunate funicular has been in operation since 1894


Tayler Wiles at the start of the Strade Bianche Donne 2019


Lake Como is beautiful even on a cloudy day


Gianni Moscon here at Strade Bianche 2019 and off to Astana Qazaqstan next year


Streets of Como


Former teammate of Egan Bernal, Kevin Rivera with Gianni Savio


Veronica Ferraro (right) at Milan Fashion Week


Villa Erba on Lake Como was a summer residence of Italian director Luchino Visconti


De Sica, Fellini, Monicelli and Visconti


Luchino Visconti’s first feature film was Ossessione (1943)


Moscon fans cheering on The Shark. Vincenzo Nibali at Strade Bianche 2019


Model in Valentino red at PFW


Tuscany in the snow


Marie Dessart at Strade Bianche Donne 2019


1953 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante (Italian for “Flying Saucer”) Coupé at The Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan


Riejanne Markus here at Strade Bianche Donne 2018 is a champion beach racer


Villa in Brunate above Lake Como


Via Monte Napoleone in Milan


Torre del Mangia in Siena built 1338-1348


Kasia Niewiadoma riding to 3rd place at Strade Bianche Donne 2019


Traveling back in time in Siena


Annelies Dom as Belgian champion at Strade Bianche Donne 2019 and now a directeur sportif for Lotto-Soudal Ladies


Villa on Lake Como


Arrival at Tommy Hilfiger at Milan Fashion Week




Puck Moonen at the sign on at Strade Bianche Donne 2018


Milan Fashion Week


Stijn Devolder at Strade Bianche 2018 rode as an amateur for “Eddy Merckx Boys” (1999-2001)


Milan Fashion Week


GVA looks relieved that the sun is out in 2019 and would finish 6th at Strade Bianche


Front desk at the excellent Hotel Lancaster in Milan


Antoine Duchesne as Canadian champion at Strade Bianche 2019


Fashion buyers at Milan Fashion Week


Salvatore Puccio first signed for Sky in 2012 after winning the U23 Tour of Flanders. Here at Strade Bianche 2018


Florentine with a cigar


Greta Richioud and Coryn Labecki at Strade Bianche Donne 2019


The Duomo di Milano is the third largest church in the world


Karo-Ann Canuel at Strade Bianche Donne 2018 is a former Canadian champion in the time trial and on the road


On top of the Duomo di Milano


Naty Abascal (at left, with Adriana Abascal) is known as one of Valentino Garavani’s Spanish muses. She had brief artistic collaborations with Richard Avedon in the 60’s, and Woody Allen and Salvador Dali in the 70’s


Enrico Battaglin and Jens Keukeleire at Strade Bianche 2019


Milanese style


Riders were still finishing as the fans came out from behind the barriers in 2018


Naomi Campbell arrives at the Valentino show at PFW


Geraint Thomas at Strade Bianche 2019 and looking to stay with Ineos Grenadiers next season


Florentine profile


No exchange of Christmas cards between Wout and Nick this year. Wout Van Aert at Overijse 2016


Beautiful Valentino at PFW


The Negroni was reportedly first mixed in Florence in 1919 and Orson Welles referred to it in 1947 while working in Rome


Florence is most beautiful in the early morning without the crowds


Tiesj Benoot riding to the win at Strade Bianche 2018 and joining Wout van Aert in 2022


Janelle Monáe in Valentino red


Chris Juul-Jensen at Strade Bianche 2019 and two more years at Team BikeExchange


Star of Pasolini’s Mamma Roma, Anna Magnani on a poster in the streets of Milan


Lars van der Haar at Overijse 2018 and the new European champion in 2021


Valentino model getting ready for a moto ride to the next show


Annemarie Worst had a beautiful win at the Duinencross Koksijde 2021. Here at Namur 2019


Selfies in Florence


Lala Rudge at Valentino


Sho Hatsuyama at Strade Bianche 2018


Tuscan sunset shot from the Florence-Siena bus


Marianne Vos at the start of Strade Bianche Donne 2019 and back to cross in mid-December


Lachlan Watson at Valentino


2021 winner Chantal van den Broek-Blaak at the start of Strade Bianche Donne 2019


Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan


Eri Yonamine at Strade Bianche Donne 2018 and joining Human Powered Health (formerly Rally Cycling) next year


Various gelato flavours in Siena


Giuseppe Saronni as Italian champion riding for Gis Gelati at the Giro. Photo credit: Olympia/Miroir du Cyclisme


Anna Dello Russo (here at Valentino) is an Italian fashion journalist and editor who was the fashion editor at Vogue Italia for 12 years


Wahoo and Peter Kennaugh made a riveting short film together. Here at GP Montreal


Piazza del Duomo in Florence


Tayler Wiles at Strade Bianche Donne 2018


Sequins and feathers at Valentino


Denise Betsema winning the Scheldecross Antwerpen in 2018 and flying in 2021


Beautiful Valentino at PFW


Yara Kastelijn as European champion takes a bit of a spill at GP Mario De Clercq 2019


Spilled wine in Florence


Wout van Aert rockin’ a tan after a Spanish internship here at Scheldecross Antwerpen 2018 and back winning races in the mud and snow


Valentino model after the show


The winner in 2020. Wout van Aert was third here at Strade Bianche 2019


Flandrien of the Year Wout van Aert up close with the fans at Strade Bianche 2019


Don’t mess with Sagan! Here in Kortrijk a few days after one of his greatest wins at the Tour of Flanders 2016. And he just signed a new 10-year partnership deal with Italian sportswear brand Sportful


Sun and clouds


Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) (This reminded me of the great Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) and his use of flash)


Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the devastating November floods in British Columbia. Photo credit: NASA


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