Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Tuesday’s mailbag: That ‘Peloton’ guy; Rogers in rainbows; red spokes; good coverage; bad riding; and Basso – can he time trial

The Mail Bag is a Monday-Wednesday-Friday feature on VeloNews.com, but will appear daily during the Tour. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your FULL NAME, HOMETOWN and STATE, or NATION if you live outside the United States. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.So, these two guys walk into a bar . . .Editor:I just have to share this actual conversation with you. This was overheard by a friend at the bar in a TGI Friday’s where OLN was

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

The Mail Bag is a Monday-Wednesday-Friday feature on VeloNews.com, but will appear daily during the Tour. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your FULL NAME, HOMETOWN and STATE, or NATION if you live outside the United States. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


So, these two guys walk into a bar . . .
Editor:
I just have to share this actual conversation with you. This was overheard by a friend at the bar in a TGI Friday’s where OLN was on the TVs: Non-cyclist No.1: “How’s Lance doing?”

Non-cyclist No. 2: “I don’t know, but every time I look at the screen, it says that some guy named ‘Peloton’ is ahead!”

Erik Schmitter
Elgin, Illinois

Making book on a world champion
Editor:
Since I would prefer Michael Rogers had “won” the world championship time trial in the traditional way, and I’m probably one of at least a few who picked him, I won’t hold it against you that I did not receive a free book.

Dan Fuller
Seattle, Washington

Dan, we’re sending Jerome Chiotti over with a copy of “How I Did It,” by Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. – Editor

Again with the fashion criticism . . .
Editor:
Forget about the damned socks; what’s with Postal’s red spokes?!

Robert P.W. Price
Burlington, Vermont

Prehn’s tactics articles insightful, entertaining
Editor:
Our family has really enjoyed reading Thomas Prehn’s articles on Tactics in the Tour. His descriptions of the various stages and the tactics employed by the riders and/or the teams are insightful and entertaining. Hope that they keep appearing daily as the Tour progresses. Thanks for your wonderful coverage!

Mary Barron
Alamo, California

Praise for Rupert and Tyler
Editor:
Thanks to Rupert Guinness for his very nice piece on young Mr. Voeckler. Does anyone have (or can they point me to) a still photo of “that smile” – that most exhausted but exhilarated smile when Thomas Voeckler came around the corner on stage 13 and realized he’d kept the jersey for one more day?

Also, pass along to Tyler Hamilton that it’s not nice to make people’s eyes tear up while they’re sneaking peaks at VeloNews.com from work.

Deb Fort
San Antonio, Texas

Good on ya, mate
Editor:
Rupert – you found great words to express what a lot of us feel about Thomas Voeckler’s yellow-jersey ride. Keep up the good work!

Steve Wright
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

And now, a dissenting opinion
Editor:
Has anyone gotten hold of Thomas Voeckler and talked to him about his riding style? Man, is it ugly! I have gone through hell and back to straighten out my duck-like pedaling style and this dude just waddles along like it’s no big deal?

I’m glad for Voeckler, but he needs to go to finishing school to refine that ugly gait of his. Hopefully next year he won’t look like a baby who is taking his first steps!

Ride on, VeloNews! Go Al Trautwig!

Thomas Colunga
Seal Beach, California

Thomas, the kid is the French national champion and just spent 11 days in the yellow jersey. We ain’t tellin’ him nothin’. Except congratulations, that is. – Editor

Basso’s great – but can he time trial?
Editor:
I’m really glad that Ivan Basso has been able to keep this race exciting heading into the final week. Without him, the only race would be for second or third.

How did this outstanding rider go unnoticed by VeloNews? In the Tour preview there is a very small blurb on him while Ullrich and Hamilton had full articles written on them. Armstrong has been saying all along, on shows such as “The Lance Chronicles” and “Road to the Tour,” that his main rivals were Ullrich, Mayo and Basso. Does Basso have the time-trialing skills to contend for the yellow jersey?

S. Clay McCullough
Charlotte, North Carolina

Basso, who won the white jersey of the best young rider during the 2002 Tour, lost more than two minutes to Armstrong in last year’s final time trial, and conceded nearly five minutes to him during the stage-4 time trial at the Dauphiné Libéré this past June. Most of the experts seem to think there won’t be much time gained or lost in Wednesday’s L’Alpe d’Huez TT, a stage Basso very well might win – but no one is picking him to win the final 55km race of truth, a technical roller-coaster considered the Tour’s toughest TT in a decade. – Editor


The Mail Bag is a Monday-Wednesday-Friday feature on VeloNews.com, but will appear daily during the Tour. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your FULL NAME, HOMETOWN and STATE, or NATION if you live outside the United States. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.