As per our instructions from Il Pirata, MFS went ahead and made a suite of Pantheon for Speed t-shirts with Sam Taylor’s illustrations. We also did a little research on the PFS with Klaus starting with The Cannibal, who is team captain. Based on what we found, that’s no surprise.
Born into a family of “traveling clothiers”, De Vlaeminck excelled in the spring classics. He won Paris-Roubaix four times, Milan-San Remo three times, and Omloop Het Volk twice. He won all the monuments, but stage races suited him too. He won Tirreno-Adriatico six times, along with twenty-two Giro stages—all while sporting glorious sideburns that made Brendan and Dylan from 90210 look like the boys they were.
These days, “The Gypsy” has slowed down, a bit, and rightly so. He became the spokesperson for the now-shuttered Hair and Beauty Clinic in Belgium, where he was the recipient of a hair transplant (online ads read “I do not like losing, so when I lost my hair I got a transplant from the Hair and Beauty Clinic. Now I feel like a winner again!”).
By all accounts, De Vlaeminck’s bike handling skills and strength on the bike were otherworldly. As was his luck: he raced for ten years as a professional before having his first puncture during a race. If scientists tried to create a cyclist who was perfectly suited for cobbled classics, they’d create De Vlaeminck.