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    Rode with Johan in the team car at TdG

    I rode with Johan in the team car at the Tour de Georgia.

    Here's a link to my first person account

    There's more to come anyways (including a huge attempt to punk Johan), it was an interesting trip.

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    Indeed interesting, I'm looking forward to more!
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    Lance Armstrong was once quoted saying that the Tour de France was never in his vocabulary until a gentleman by the name of Johan Bruyneel instilled it in him.
    Um I thought it was Carmichael.

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    Nope, Lance was quoted in his latest coffee table book (the photo journal). Maybe they both said it?

    In any case - part two - the punking of Johan is up.

    The plan to punk Johan Bruyneel spawned itself from the seeds of a few innocent jokes. I laughed hysterically with my friends at AMD, Bart Knaggs from Capital Sports Entertainment, the great people of Trek Travel, and Matt Tolmach of Sony Pictures over dinner on Friday evening.

    I told them I was going to ask Johan some dumb questions on the ride like “Where’s George?” (Referring to George Hincapie who was out of commission after he suffered a terrible fall in a previous race – thankfully he’s in good spirits and almost fully recovered). I said I would look at Tom Danielson as we drove by and say things like “Hi Lance! How are you Lance?” I would then do things like throw my box lunch out the window, or perhaps throw a water bottle out like I had a condition that affected my reflexes. I then suggested that I would let out random “yelps” like “Livestrong!” and “No Chain!” to the riders out the window, and perhaps out the sunroof.

    I half expected the people at dinner to say “No don’t do it!” but instead they were into it – especially Andrew, a guest of AMD. This guy was so into it he should have been the one doing it! One thing led to another and all of the sudden I found myself deep inside the conspiracy.

    When someone suggested that I should wear my Discovery kit under my sweats and pull them off as we were driving - insisting that Johan let me race for the team we all broke out in hysterics.

    Needless to say the people at the table were in stitches over the idea. I admit to egging it on, no doubt. I had effectively conspired with the AMD group, Bart Knaggs, Matt Tolmach, and Trek Travel that I would punk Johan the next day on the drive up Brasstown Bald. One of the guys proceeded to send an email to Johan telling him that I was going to be on the ride the next day and that I had a minor quirk that might flare up every now and then.

    In the back of my mind I had a backup plan, I didn’t want to jeopardize the race, and I instead wanted to punk a friend at AMD who is always on my case about one thing or another. I also wanted to punk Andrew for trying to convince me to go to my local bike shop to ask them for the new “Speedplay Balsa Wood Kevlar Enforced pedals”.

    The Story Unfolds Here!

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    Well...this from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post:

    "It was 1999, and Armstrong was a mentally fragile and physically depleted athlete who wasn't sure he had a future in cycling after almost dying of cancer. None of the major teams would give him a job, so Armstrong accepted an offer from the U.S. Postal team. Bruyneel was Postal's new directeur sportif, cycling's equivalent of a head coach.

    In their first meeting, Bruyneel said to him, "I think we should talk about the Tour de France."

    "Okay," Armstrong said. "Maybe I could win some stages."

    "No," Bruyneel said, "I mean the whole thing."




    ElP...greetings from rule62.

    Great job surviving a ride with Johan, especially one with a fast descent. I've heard race car drivers say that the most terrified that they have ever been was doing a similar mountain stage descent in a team car. Johan isn't exactly renowned for his patient and conservative approach to driving either. Glad that you lived to tell about it. Amazing watching the way the Discovery organization runs up close huh.

    Thanks for posting some to these forums too. Don't be a stranger.

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    Hey, cool to see you here, thanks for the welcome. I've been a lurker for awhile, there is another cycling forum that I check into as well.

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    great read. thanks! i'll look forward to the next one.

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    thats wicked cool.where did you get those google shorts?

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    A friend of mine from Google sent a full kit to me.. It's pretty nice! I ordered a bunch of custom Voodoo kits too, they're on the way from Hincapie later this month.

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    Thanks for that fun read! I enjoyed it.
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    No problem, I took my Garmin Edge 305 with me in the car - anyone know how to map this and upload this easily?

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