Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Panache Spelled Tommy

If anyone needs a power meter, heart rate monitor, watch or any other measuring device to calculating your riding mine are all for sale. I’m going Tommy Voeckler. Who decided we needed all the crap anyway? Just ride your bike and let everything else take care of itself.

On Eurosport today someone wrote in, “If it wasn’t for Voeckler this would be the Tour de Snore”. And while I don’t agree, necessarily, it sure would be a lot less fun. Everyone loves an attacking rider. Especially one who starts grimacing in agony with 60k and three climbs still to ride. Throw in lack of most techo gadgets thought to be indispensible for even recreational riders and you’ve got the definition of panache.

There was a moment today that made me so nostalgic I wanted to cry. Our hero, attacking on the day’s final climb, asking a fan how big a gap he had. No radio. No team DS. Just a guy on the side of the road. Probably took a swig of wine from him too. Maybe even a drag off his cigarette.

For a moment it was 1986 all over again. A lone rider attacks an entire peloton, against the sage advice of anyone who would listen, with no calculation whatsoever about whether or not he might make it or completely blow up. All he knows is that he’s going to put his head down and mash on the peddles until either his soigneur or God himself pulls him off his bike. Win or lose, that is how cool people race their bike. You just know The Badger is smiling.


Reed said...

Pretty awesome day for sure. But I didn't see Voeckler ask any spectator anything and I don't see how any spectator could get him an answer before he was out of range.

Steve Edwards said...

You obviously weren't watching Eurosport. Not surprised NBC missed it. Probably when Paul was talking about castles or Phil was as mixed up as usual, probably saying, "Marco Pantani has just attacked the peloton. The Pirate is really going to fly the coop today, Paul."

Eurosport not only showed it but commented on the conversation. Sean Kelly seemed pretty nostalgic himself.

Steve Edwards said...

Required reading on Le Tour, including a great bit on Phil and Paul:

Le Sceptic said...

Yea, still not buying it. His team car was there. He dropped back and got some stuff from them. I'm sure they knew where he stood. I did some searching and could find nothing to corroborate this. And I didn't see it. I watched the stage late and had already read your email, so I had my eye out. Never saw it.

But I would love to see it, so if you can find some info on it I'd love to see it.

~Le Sceptic

Seth Mauldin said...

Always love "rebel" athletes. Like Pre on a bicycle :-)