Just saw the Versus coverage last night. Very intriguing. I really enjoyed it. I'd call it refreshing. Some of those guys had pretty old looking rides. And maybe not so well maintained? Cramming bikes in an old hatchback instead of the plush team/support cars. Roads that looked a bit on the rough side from time to time. One guy caught malaria, couldn't eat and had the runs and kept riding...for a while anyway.
Looks like a lot of guys who really liked bike racing to me. Cool!