"The Prologue" by Craig Richardson. Used with permission. See more of his Tour de France 2007 photos at his photostream.
Da Square Wheelman has an nice essay about how futuristic cycling seemed back at the turn of the last century.
Back in the last years of the 19th century, it was all about love. Bikes were the cutting-edge choice of the forward-looking Avant Garde. But with the fin de siecle came the fin du cycle as the epitome of all things modern. While declaring his joy of mechanical force in the Manifesto of Futurism, F. T. Marinette quite literally sideswiped bikes. The manifesto's preamble described a reckless, high-speed joy ride which inspired Marinette to become the father of 20th Century Futurism.