The Fingerbang: a short history

Whenceforth sprang the first fingerbang? Scholars have debated this through the ages. Let’s have a look what it is and where it’s going.



Before Alberto Contador first became successful, he experimented with the shoebang:

But then “el Pistolero” quickly settled on the fingerbang:








Of course all this finger action takes a toll on the finger arm, requiring constant lubrication:

But let’s be clear. The fingerbang is first and foremost an exercise in marketing.

The hat: (early style):


A later style:

The new stylized fingerbang logo incorporates the yellow of the Tour, the pink of the Giro and the red of the Vuelta. Contador being the only person to win all three grand tours in the one year. Three in a row. As shown here. (Tick Tack Toe, Three fingerbangs in a row t-shirt)::

The full kit (featuring no less than 6 fingerbangs):

The bibs hint at the (yet unseen) double fingerbang:

But I think I know where the inspiration is coming from:

Of course all this has the potential to upset the established order. Here we see Armstrong and Contador go brand to brand in dueling cycling hats:

Armstrong doesn’t really hate Contador because he beats him on a bicycle; it’s more about brand protection. What do you see, livestrong or fingerbang?

What of the future?

Here are some glimpses. Alberto attempts to teach a dolphin to fingerbang.

The human fingerbang:

The seat fingerbang. With spurting Tour, Giro and Vuelta. Really. This one is hard to pull off without being snickered at.

The safe-sex fingerbanging:

And finally, as predicted by James, the fire spurting fingerbang:

Are we really prepared to say goodbye to all this just because of a bit of tainted meat? The Spanish beef industry has a lot to answer for.

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