Media Whore?

Media Whore?

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As the early kilometres of Stage 5 rolled by, with the usual early break forming, the protagonists being assessed for their chances of actually making the move stick, one name stood out from the rest; Thomas Voeckler. “He’s just a media-whore” was the expert opinion of a colleague. I begged to differ.

Ever since his great ten-day adventure in Yellow in 2004, the little fella has never shown any intention of resting on those particular laurels, always putting himself in with a shot at a stage win, even if everything points to failure. Don’t die wondering, I guess could be his motto. Much like his countryman and the master of the long breakaway Jacky Durand, little Tommy has found his specialty, and damned if he’s not going to persist. And persist.

So off I went to bed (being Down Under necessitates picking the right stages to remain conscious for) expecting to turn on the computer in the morning to read about another Cavendish cruise in the sprint. Instead the sight of the little guy in blue, arms raised, beaming that grin. Nice work Tommy, you’ve brought something to this Tour that seemed to be lacking so far; unpredictability, guts and flair.

// Racing

  1. I woke up this morning flicked on SBS to watch him take off and get the gap. I’d rather see a media whore have a go than a media snore (Cadel) finish in the peloton. Bring back Simon Gerrans , he would stick it up them.

  2. Agreed. My only regret was that the first solo win of the Tour had to be by someone with the word “BBox” on his butt and in the most disgusting team kit in the bunch!

    Bring back the black shorts!

  3. I know, I know. It’s wrong to say this but I hate this guy. I hate the way he ride out of the saddle, knees out, weird straight legs, jersey unzipped, bike flopping side to side. There. I have unburdened myself. He did a great job pulling off that win the other day and I hate him less, but still the hate is there.

  4. @K Man
    partly agree, but im a big fan of cadel, i do think gerrans will be winning most stages in the next few years though.

  5. Great old thread that pooped up in the Random Articles section and apropos of a conversation Dan, Steamy and I were having on faceplant a week ago.  Still think that he is a media whore, but you know, whores serve a purpose, too.

  6. Ahhh, make that “popped up” in the above post!

  7. I love his nodding donkey stroke…is it me or does he look like he has been at the pies in this photo?  I am sure he looks lighter at the moment…

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