Wednesday’s mail bag: Bobby J; Psycho Saturn and, yes, we have more bananas

Go, Bobby, Go!Dear VeloNews,I've read and reread your interview with Bobby Julich about his "lastchance" at cycling (See "Lostand Found Julich vows to make the best of what may be his last chance"),and I have to say it totally delights me every time.I think Julich is one of the most perennially underrated cyclists ofour time, and I'm psyched to see that someone (Bjarne Riis) has finallyput the faith in him that he deserves. And I'm triply psyched to see he'sliving up to it, as evidenced by his killer early season performances,even if they are only "support" roles. It seems to me, that

Go, Bobby, Go!
Dear VeloNews,
I’ve read and reread your interview with Bobby Julich about his “lastchance” at cycling (See “Lostand Found Julich vows to make the best of what may be his last chance“),and I have to say it totally delights me every time.I think Julich is one of the most perennially underrated cyclists ofour time, and I’m psyched to see that someone (Bjarne Riis) has finallyput the faith in him that he deserves. And I’m triply psyched to see he’sliving up to it, as evidenced by his killer early season performances,even if they are only “support” roles. It seems to me, that supportat CSC is an altogether different animal than at a place like U.S.Postal. I know he’s going to have a spectacular season, and he deservesit.Venga, Bobby! Venga venga!
Philip Higgs
Boulder, ColoradoPraise the guy in the car
Dear VeloNews;
It’s shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us that the tactical skills of team directors are very critical in this sport. Bjarne Riis is proving that nicely this spring.I really think that we should talk about it; let’s hear different opinions related to cycling sports directors. In my personal opinion the directors will play a key role for this 2004 Tour.I think, Riis is among the best in the business. You saw him pick Tyler Hamilton, and his stage win at the Tour was a beautiful combination of guts, and strategy. Now he picked Julich and Jaksche. Let’s see how that unfolds.One thing is for sure: The brilliant strategy during stage 2 at Paris-Nicejust underscores the genius behind the team.
Flavio Gabaldon
Chihuahua, MexicoBut we thought they loved cyclists!
Dear Dogs,
I saw a new Saturn car ad on TV last night and I am wondering how everyoneelse feels about seeing a cyclist crash into a car, just to prove thatthe door won’t dent.In the ad, several inanimate objects are banged against the door ofa Saturn automobile to prove the car won’t dent. That’s fine. But thencomes a cyclist who hits the driver’s side door directly with his frontwheel and then goes flying over the hood of the car. Huh?!?!? IsSaturn taking a jab at Subaru and Lance or have they gone full circle fromsponsoring a team, events and races to now hating cyclists?I can only imagine the damage done to someone as they go flying overthe hood of a  car. Maybe they should have run a disclosure statingthat, “no cyclists were injured during the filming of this commercial.”I certainly will not be buying a Saturn anytime soon and I can’t imaginethat other cyclists, who face dangers from cars on the roads every day,will want to either.I can’t believe that a long-time supporter of the sport has now stoopedto the level of Clear Channel Communications. Their message is, “cyclistsare inanimate objects and their safety is of no importance.”
Don Hunter
Minden, LouisianaYou’ll always have Paris
Dear VeloNews:
I’m off to Paris with my family next week. Can you recommend any classicbike shops to visit while we’re there?
Thanks,
Joe Semple
Lyme ConnecticutFor some reason, our shop finder doesn’t seem to include Paris. Doany of our readers have any recommendations? – EditorPeeling away the rhetoric
Dear Editors,
Wow! I am amazed at the level of environmental stewardship to be foundamong VeloNews readers (see The Banana debates in theletters pages from last week. Also see “LegallySpeaking – with Bob Mionske: Is that a banana in your jersey pocket?“).Too bad our country doesn’t reflect this in its environmental policies(both domestic and international).However, please do remember that we’re talking about a banana peel andnot a tub of pesticides, concentrated lead or a refrigerator.
Andrew Miller
Washington, D.C. aka the “land of the leaded water”Given a choice…
Editors,
I’ll trade banana peels any day for the broken beer bottles I ridethrough!
Charles O. Jones
Orange County, California


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