final sprint / 最後のひとこぎ

July 15, 2011

1969Belgium002

5 July 1969, Belgium
Road Championship of the World

The sprint competition points system has been changed for this years Tour de France, which is making the tour more exciting to watch.  Teams work hard to bring their sprinter to the height of speed to ride for the intermediate sprints – as well as the final few hundred of meters before the goal of the day.

This Belgium stamp from the late 60’s depicts well the hard work of legs and I can almost hear the squeaking noise from the bike…

ツールドフランスのスプリントポイントの数え方が今年から変わり、ハイライトを観る楽しみが増えました。チームが一丸となってぐりぐりと前に進み、一番早いスプリンターを最後にラインに送り出す。ライン間近で競り合うそんな瞬間の選手たちの全身の筋肉の動きや「うがー!」という表情は迫力があります。

この1960年代最後のベルギーの切手は、自転車がきしむ音が聞こえてきそうなほど、その瞬間の様子をとらえていて、お気に入りの一枚です。

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