About a week back in my life of Second Year Law Student Dumbness, I came home after a final exam in Constitutional Law and popped in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2003 DVD.
Because that shit gets me stoked.
One hell of a race that year. Actually, it’s one hell of a race most years. Hamilton came up with the Big Win on that day. I cheered him then and I cheer him now. Equal tools, equal chances. I don’t believe he was ever doing things that the majority of his peers weren’t doing as well.
Frank Vandenbroucke also raced that day, as the leader of the Quick Step-Davitamon squad. He finished in eleventh place, 40 seconds back. He didn’t show much that day, but his name was emblazoned in white paint all over the roads. VDB, VDB, VDB. One sign read “God is Terug.” The same phrase in English, which was also painted along the roadside many times, is “God is Back.” There were supporters waving huge flags with his face printed upon them. You think that guy was under some pressure? You’re damn right he was. Why do you think his autobiography was titled “Ik Ben God Niet”? It means, simply, “I am not God.”
And, now, God is Dood. (See also Life of Drugs and Delusion Left Broken Hearts Along the Road by Samuel Abt)
The next day when I was back in the library, I hit up google and found these:
Tribute to Frank Vandenbroucke (1) – Liège-Bastogne-Liège 1999
Tribute to Frank Vandenbroucke (2) – Vuelta a España 1999
Tribute to Frank Vandenbroucke (3) – Career overview
My conclusion in four words: VDB Has A Posse.
Remember kids, you can download the pdf at vdbhasaposse.com.by