On a day when an Italian man in yellow gets popped for EPO... let's divert ourselves from the malaise with a bit of nostalgic, little-pharma cycling wielersupporters.
Great retro poster photo of Herman Van Springel, circa 1968-1970. Riding for Dr. Mann - Grundig. Dr. MANN magic pills.
Long socks were in back then...proving that in fashion what goes around comes around. And check out the bolt on the top of the stem - those things used to wreck havoc on your inner leg in a crash. Still have a scar from one. This photo was just before the Cinelli 1-A was in vogue.
Herman looks like he's in the 53x15...just motoring along.
His teammate at the back looks like he's about ready to pop. I know that look.
The cap with brim up may not aero, but it's very classic. It says 'Anthracine'. Hmmm...from what I can figure, it seems that Anthracine was/is some kind of chemical supplement (the kind that's still in some of those non-FDA approved magic pills that are supposed to help digestion and endurance). No details I could find about that product Herman was billboarding.
Maybe Santambrogio and DiLuca have secretly hoarding them to help with their problems.
God knows those two probably are going to need a laxative by the time the Italian Anti-Doping crew get finished with them.
Not to mention half the peloton.