Vande Velde team leader again according to the linked Cyclingnew.com article, and I say, hells yeah. Vende Velde is the man, and has been for a long time. I’m not saying Wiggins won’t, or can’t do good and big things on the bike, he might, but a one race flash in the pan does not make you a superman out there. Hell, Wiggo could do a “Julich”, who showed some promise in big stage races, and was never seen at the front end of a GC again after the drugs tainted (aren’t they all though?) Tour de France in 1998. Sure, Bobby J went on, had a good career as a rider and a super domestique, but he never really lived up to the expectations of that one Tour when he was on the podium. Wiggins, could do the same thing, we just don’t know yet do we? And he’s going to ride for Sky, great, grand, and lovely. Which means, he’s riding for Murdoch and his Dad. I’d choose a better boss myself, but I’m sure he’s getting paid well. We’ll see what shakes loose in the early season, and then in le Tour when it all goes down, and I’m pretty sure as petty and bitchy JV is about, well, just about everything, he’ll sick Garmin-Transitions on Sky to ruin any chance Wiggins has of winning the race, or finishing in a high placing on the GC. It’s going to be interesting to watch, fo’ sho. No longer will Columbia be the target of JV’s bitchiness, nope, it’s going to be Sky.
Going back to Christian VDV, I’ve been a fan of that guy for a long time. He can ride the bike, and he seems like a fine fella. Quick story. Once, I think it might have been in 2001, maybe 2002, when he was still riding for Postal, he came to Greenville, SC to ride in the end of the season race that George Hincapie’s brother put on in downtown Greenville, The Michelin Classic as it was called then. Christian rode a few laps around the fast crit loop, maybe about half of the race, and dropped out. Hey, the man had a long season. He dropped out on the backside of the course, and myself, and a friend of mine who will remain unnamed were standing out there watching the race. My friend decides that Christian NEEDS to be back in the race. He saunters over to some traffic cones, picks one up, and in the most annoying voice he could summon, starts yelling through the cone…
“CHRISTIAN VANDE VELDE! GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THE RACE! WE CAME HERE TO SEE YOU CHRISTIAN! RIDE THAT BIKE! RIDE THAT BIKE!”
He cracked a smile, and rolled over, because we were laughing our asses off, and shot the shit with us for awhile while the race was still going on (we were still suck ass cat 3′s back then, oh wait, we’re still suck ass cat 3′s now, ah well), and I got the impression, he is just a nice dude. We saw him later that night at the after race party, and got hammered with him. So, he can ride a bike, likes to drink beer, and likes to have himself a good time. Sounds about right.
Here’s hoping that this season, he sustains no injuries, and comes back and pimp slaps Wiggins every single chance he gets. And aside from all of that, what the fuck is up with Wiggins’ jaunty British style he’s got going on here?by