Reaching the finishing line on a bier, after having raced like hell. Perseverance. Reaching the finish in a lumbering style. Famous statements of De Kneet. He didn’t only have a way with words, he was a fantastic cyclist as well. A big hero. He won 10 stages in the Tour de France, won the Amstel Gold Race 2 x and beat Franceso Moser in the sprint, winning the rainbow jersey. That’s what makes you a big hero. No fooling. Or perhaps secretly a bit?