Adriaan van der Ploeg, a photographer based in Rotterdam, points his camera towards the race-cycling tourist in a new series Mont Pugatoire.

Mont Purgatoire is an extraordinary photography-project about ordinary men, voluntarily battling their own strength on the steepest slopes. Photographer Adriaan van der Ploeg (1984) portrayed these riders of the anonymous peloton with a ruthless eye for detail. Initially the series of close-ups remind of the conventional photos from the sports-section, but a closer look reveals their true content: no cycling-idols but anti-heroes, collectively seeking for a unique experience. In race-cycling literature and -photography traditionally attention goes out to large cycling races, the classics or big names of the peloton. Mont Purgatoire focuses on all the other cyclists.

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A video tour of the project after the jump.

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