For a short time, Russian Evgeni Berzin was the hottest rider on Earth. In 1994, the classy blond Berzin won Liege-Bastogne-Liege in front of Lance Armstrong, then went on to kick Marco Pantani's and Miguel Indurain's rears in the Giro d'Italia a month later. Who could ever forget the raging Russian in his fabulous win in the Stage 8 time trial from Grosetto to Follonica, run at an average speed of over 52km/h?
Although Berzin, and his fellow Russian Gewiss teammate Vladislav Bobrik (winner of the '94 Giro di Lombardia), were so familiar to American cycling fans from their Tour Du Pont exploits, neither rider ever quite went on to fulfil their potential, but they both rode De Rosas to big wins. Here is Berzin's 1994 De Rosa Titano from the Giro d'Italia.