2016: A pictorial retrospective
January 1, 2017
We asked photographers Ashley and Jered Gruber to review their gallery of #GreenArgyle images from the past year and tell us about their favorites. Here are 22 images that capture our ninth season in the WorldTour peloton.
Images: Ashley and Jered // Captions: Jered
Joe Dombrowski in that quiet moment before the Giro’s long time trial through Chianti. I generally dislike shooting time trials immensely, but I’ve grown to enjoy shooting around the start house…something interesting always seems to happen.
Moreno Moser grimaces his way to the top of the day’s difficult white road climb of the Alpe di Poti. Moser was close on stage eight – and seemingly again and again throughout the Giro.
Dylan van Baarle with the stare that only comes after a Monument – in this case, Milano-Sanremo. The finish line on the Via Roma had some of the prettiest light of the whole season – the kind you only get when you’re on the Ligurian Coast, it’s March, and the race finishes at close to 6pm.
Wouter Wippert after his first Paris-Roubaix.
Lawson Craddock climbs the cobbled Cote de la Rue Naniot after a particularly nasty weather edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Fans on Mont Ventoux. This was our least favorite race day of the year. I love it when fans are excited and turn sections of the race course into a positive party. I hate it when that atmosphere tips toward the negative and becomes, for lack of a better word, shitty. It’s a fine line between positive fun and not.
The peloton nears the top of the Passo Sella. This year’s Giro stage through the heart of the Dolomites was a buffet of gorgeous sights. In my opinion, it was the most beautiful day of racing in 2016 – some might also say it was one of the hardest.
Some shots don’t get old – this is one of them. We’ve never made it to Paris without feeling like we needed to sleep for a week straight, but scenes like this still make me smile.
Alex Howes climbs the Gulperberg in the waning moments of the day’s big break.
Alex Howes brushes his teeth – before every race. Shooting on the bus can yield some nice mages, but it can also be super awkward, and that feeling of encroaching on someone’s private space is also never far behind. It sounds great, but it can be tough – Alex makes it easy and fun. Thanks, Alex.
Pierre Rolland’s blood-spattered leg after a terrible crash on the descent of the Peyresourde. I don’t think it’s possible for one rider to endure much more bad luck in one Grand Tour than Rolland did at this year’s Tour. He not only endured it, he made himself available to journalists address his trials and tribulations time and again. He’d come in bloody, return bandaged, and answer questions fired rapidly.
No stress here for mechanic Fred Bassy.
Somewhere during the neutral start of Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia in Foligno. We had fun taking these shots, but up until I recently found this particular shot, I thought we hadn’t gotten anything interesting from that office window. I know this isn’t spectacular or anything, but I’ve come to really like it.
The gruppetto descends the Colle della Lombarda – the final mountain of the Giro. We’re big fans of the Lombarda, and it was nearly the site of Dombrowski’s first big Grand Tour stage win. Rein Taaramae took the stage honors, but Dombrowski wasn’t far behind.
Paris-Roubaix recon atop the old railway bridge at Pont Gibus. I love shooting Roubaix from up high.
Pierre Rolland answers questions ahead of the Tour’s Grand Depart in Normandy. There really is nothing that compares to the circus of the Tour – and that’s evident before the race even starts.
Mont Saint-Michel: pretty nice backdrop for Stage 1 of the Tour de France.
Nate Brown crosses the finish line at Sestola with an impressive fourth after a hard day in the break on the tenth stage of the Giro.
Alan Marangoni rides over the top of the Paterberg with the weight of the full Ronde van Vlaanderen on his shoulders – no more climbs and less than 16k to go.
Rigoberto Uran after another hard day at the Giro.
Jack Bauer stays well protected and nourished before the team’s recon of the route of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
The classics are coming. Photo by Gruber Images