|Pre-2011 Roubaix Cycling God Totem|
Douchexhibit 1: The post Flanders doucheness I read in Cycling News: “Congratulations to Nuyens, but for me [winning] like that has no value.”
Wha-huh? Did my cycling god just kick me in the nuts? It certainly feels that way. Winning like that has no value? Did Nuyens cut the course, use a motor or grab onto the team car a little too long while getting a can of Coke?
I prefer my cycling gods to look inward in the face of defeat and not spoil someone else's moment with a tirade of excuses like an amateur. If only I wore sunscreen. I was boxed in. They all raced against me. I expect that from a newbie, but Cancellara stealing the steam out of Nuyens win was as out-of-line as Kanye West taking the microphone from Taylor Swift. I personally know hundreds of cyclists that would love to win like the way Nuyens won Flanders. Most of them would love to win a pair of Ace of Spade socks in a Cat 5 race in Nowheresburg, OH like that. I’ll never forget the day I finished 18th in a UCI Cyclocross race, 8 long minutes behind Jeremy Powers. Despite the thumping, I felt honored to even compete on that level, to even be on the same starting grid. That comment shows no respect for the sport, the competitors and the millions of fat Cat 3 guys like me who’d have to go to the hospital for the loss in blood pressure caused by the giant wood they’d be sporting just to roll one wheel over a meter of Belgian cobblestone.
|Pre-douchness 2010 Tour of Cali|
Douchexhibit 2: Yesterday after Roubaix: Everybody raced against me. The victory was not possible. This second place is like the victory to me. Today, I lost, but the others lost a bit more than me.
Douche say what? "I" lost? Victory not possible? Others lost a bit more than me? Seems to me that Garmin won and Thor didn’t lose. They're probably still on the bus shouting “woo hoo” in 8 different languages including Norwegian. Last time I checked 6th, 8th, 9th and being only: 47 back at Roubaix is a pretty great accomplishment. Just ask Hincapie. Here’s the list of the top 10 from Velonews. Tell me, who lost Roubaix?
1 1. Johan Van Summeren (B), Garmin-Cervélo, 6:0:7:28
· 2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Leopard-Trek, at 0:19
· 3. Maarten Tjallingii (Nl), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:19
· 4. Grégory Rast (Swi), Team Radioshack, at 0:19
· 5. Lars Ytting Bak (Den), HTC-Highroad, at 0:21
· 6. Alessandro Ballan (I), BMC Racing Team, at 0:36
· 7. Bernhard Eisel (A), HTC-Highroad, at 0:47
· 8. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:47
· 9. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Sp), Team Sky, at 0:47
· 10. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Team Sky, at 0:47
|Cancellara Demoted to 5th on God Totem|
Leopard didn’t have a man in the break and failed to reel in a giant well represented breakaway that had 2+ minutes on the peloton going into the Arenberg. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty certain there were some Leopard teammates in the race. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any. Did you? After looking at the results, it appears eight Leopard-Trek riders started the race. Fabian finished 2nd. The next best placed teammate Martin Mortensen finished 13:53 back in 94th. The six others, including semi-favorites O’Grady and Weylandt are listed as DNF. Maybe that’s why victory for Douchelara wasn’t possible and he felt as if everybody was racing against him. They were. He was the only Leopard-Trek guy left.
Personally I loved watching both Flanders and Roubaix. I dug my nails into the couch. I covered my eyes. I shouted “get on his wheel and go-go-go!” Even though I had to revise my totem, it’s nice to be reminded that cycling is still a team sport and there are no favorites at Roubaix. Lastly I don't care if my cycling gods win. I prefer them to be heroic with a hint of humility.