We have talked already about the most terrifying sprinter of all time Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and his, let’s be kind ‘erratic’ sprinting style. Sometimes though, a reputation can proceed you and this (in our opinion) happened at the 1992 Gent Wevelgem. Abdou was up against a young up and coming Italian sprinter called Mario Cippollini. In the race to the line Abdou was eventually disqualified for a blatant pull on Cippollini’s seat tube – but watch the processing moments as Cippo runs out out of gas and clearly deviates his line to try and shut out the advancing Abdou.
Watch from around 2mins 15 in.
We suspect if this sprint was replicated today, Cippo would have been disqualifed for his riding first.