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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.

# You can see more ‘John Thomson Photo Galleries’ HERE. #

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!!!!”

 

john
For Vancouver, this is a snow storm

 

john
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

 

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De-icing in Vancouver

 

wout mathieu
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

 

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

 

canada
O Canada

 

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

 

frankfurt
Frankfurt Airport

 

holiday 22
Michael Vanthourenhout took one of his greatest wins at Namur on Dec.19. Here riding to 2nd place in the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse 2018

 

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

 

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

 

fashion
Milan Fashion Week

 

nibali
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

 

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

 

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Hungarian sensation Kata Blanka Vas at Waaslandcross 2019

 

duomo
The Duomo di Siena was built from 1215 to 1263

 

mvdp
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

 

fashion
Olivia Culpo at Redemption

 

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

 

holiday
From the window of the Paris-Milan train

 

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Rozanne Slik at Strade Bianche Donne 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

alfa
Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

light
Warm light at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano

 

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

 

vittorio
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

 

alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe winning at Strade Bianche 2019

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

abascal
Adriana Abascal at Valentino

 

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

 

bobet
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

 

valentino
Model at Valentino

 

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

 

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

 

van der poel
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

 

rizzoli
The excellent Rizzoli bookstore in Milan

 

strade
Susanne Andersen and Thea Thorsen at Strade Bianche Donne 2018

 

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Photo shoot in the streets of Milan

 

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

 

milano
Milan street scene

 

maserati
Maserati in Milan

 

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Søren Kragh Andersen at Strade Bianche 2018

 

spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer wearing Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week

 

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

 


Milan boutique

 

gimondi
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

 

como
Lake Como is the fifth deepest lake in Europe

 

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

 

siena
Siena early morning

 

strade
Michael Schär at Strade Bianche 2018

 

napoleone
Via Monte Napoleone in Milan

 

como
The Como-Brunate funicular has been in operation since 1894

 

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Tayler Wiles at the start of the Strade Bianche Donne 2019

 

como
Lake Como is beautiful even on a cloudy day

 

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

 

como
Streets of Como

 

savio
Former teammate of Egan Bernal, Kevin Rivera with Gianni Savio

 

milano
Veronica Ferraro (right) at Milan Fashion Week

 

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

 

de sica
De Sica, Fellini, Monicelli and Visconti

 

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

 

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

 

valentino
Model in Valentino red at PFW

 

tuscany
Tuscany in the snow

 

dessart
Marie Dessart at Strade Bianche Donne 2019

 

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

 

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

 

como
Villa in Brunate above Lake Como

 

milano
Via Monte Napoleone in Milan

 

siena
Torre del Mangia in Siena built 1338-1348

 

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

 

siena
Traveling back in time in Siena

 

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

 

como
Villa on Lake Como

 

hillfiger
Arrival at Tommy Hilfiger at Milan Fashion Week

 

pizza
Mmmm

 

moonen
Puck Moonen at the sign on at Strade Bianche Donne 2018

 

milano
Milan Fashion Week

 

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

 

milano
Milan Fashion Week

 

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

 

milan
Front desk at the excellent Hotel Lancaster in Milan

 

duchesne
Antoine Duchesne as Canadian champion at Strade Bianche 2019

 

fashion
Fashion buyers at Milan Fashion Week

 

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

 

florentine
Florentine with a cigar

 

starde
Greta Richioud and Coryn Labecki at Strade Bianche Donne 2019

 

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

 

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

 

milano
On top of the Duomo di Milano

 

abascal
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

 

strade
Enrico Battaglin and Jens Keukeleire at Strade Bianche 2019

 

milan
Milanese style

 

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

 

campbell
Naomi Campbell arrives at the Valentino show at PFW

 

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

 

florentine
Florentine profile

 

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

 

valentino
Beautiful Valentino at PFW

 

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

 

florence
Florence is most beautiful in the early morning without the crowds

 

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

 

valentino
Janelle Monáe in Valentino red

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

selfies
Selfies in Florence

 

rudge
Lala Rudge at Valentino

 

sho
Sho Hatsuyama at Strade Bianche 2018

 

sunset
Tuscan sunset shot from the Florence-Siena bus

 

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

 

watson
Lachlan Watson at Valentino

 

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

 

bosco
Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan

 

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

 

siena
Various gelato flavours in Siena

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

florence
Piazza del Duomo in Florence

 

strade
Tayler Wiles at Strade Bianche Donne 2018

 

valentino
Sequins and feathers at Valentino

 

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

 

valentino
Beautiful Valentino at PFW

 

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

 

wine
Spilled wine in Florence

 

wout
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
Valentino model after the show

 

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

 

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

 

sagan
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
Sun and clouds

 

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

 

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

 

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