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Now THAT'S a Tom Boonen impersonator

Old 08-25-06, 11:30 AM
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Now THAT'S a Tom Boonen impersonator

From Velonews:

http://velonews.com/race/int/articles/10763.0.html

Former up-and-coming cycling star Frank Vandenbroucke's colorful career has taken on a new hue after it was revealed he has been riding incognito among Italian amateurs, using a license bearing the photo of none other than reigning world champion Tom Boonen.

Vandenbroucke, who in the past has been implicated in several doping affairs, was recently sacked by the Belgian Unibet.com team.

His desire to race has not abated, but it was to general surprise that he began racing in the tough Italian amateur scene thanks to a false racing license with Boonen's photo on it.

Widespread media reports in Belgium on Friday cited the Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport in describing the latest of Vandenbroucke's shenanigans.

According to Gazetta dello Sport, the 31-year-old Vandenbroucke, who in the past has been treated for depression linked to his use of banned substances, turned up at the start line of several Italian regional races with a fake license and false identification.

The name he used was "Francesco Del Ponte," - an Italianization of his Belgian name - although according to the newspaper he made no effort to hide the photo on the card - of Boonen.

A former winner of the prestigious Liège-Bastogne-Liège one day classic, Vandenbroucke lives near Milan.

According to the newspaper reports the Belgian's race tactics consisted of setting a blistering pace at the front of the peloton until most of them dropped off.

After taking a healthy lead over the bunch after around 60km of racing, Vandenbroucke would peel off and head for home before the race finish.
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Old 08-25-06, 12:15 PM
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lol. I thought that was hilarious
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Old 08-25-06, 12:29 PM
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So the guy wouldn't even finish the race, just destroy the peloton and go home??? Is that his revenge against cycling for his stupid actions?

I'll be looking for TH at my next Cat 5 race... USCF licenses don't even have pictures!
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That is too funny.

They would be ripping their shorts trying to get back to him and he's gone home
 
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Tyler is too busy training for his lifetime ban. LOL But seriously he has been racing in unsanctioned races and winning them.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Tyler is too busy training for his lifetime ban. LOL But seriously he has been racing in unsanctioned races and winning them.
Very true... I saw his victory on the Mt. Washington Hill Climb...

Was anyone there? Did he get booed on the podium?
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Very true... I saw his victory on the Mt. Washington Hill Climb...

Was anyone there? Did he get booed on the podium?

I gott say im not impressed with TH MT Washington win. I mean the guy in second was like 56 and was only 2 minutes behind? Damn better start doping again...
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That guy in second wasn't just some 50 year old guy. It was Ned Overend.
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Old 08-25-06, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
I gott say im not impressed with TH MT Washington win. I mean the guy in second was like 56 and was only 2 minutes behind? Damn better start doping again...
Word, and think about all the people that 56 year old actually beat. Everyone else that did that climb must suck!
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Old 08-25-06, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
That guy in second wasn't just some 50 year old guy. It was Ned Overend.
Yeah, Deadly Nedly's never really been known for his climbing ability...
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can you imagine the chace group pedaling like mad only to never catch, wow that would suck.
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After taking a healthy lead over the bunch after around 60km of racing, Vandenbroucke would peel off and head for home before the race finish.
Probably peeled off in order to avoid any doping tests at the finish line.

I actually feel a bit sorry for Frankie, undoubtably a great talent and no worse at doping than his peers. However his career has always been haunted by mental instability and it looks as if everything in his life in falling apart these days. I remember a couple of years ago when he was arrested outside his hom in Belgium while threatning his wife with a shotgun. Hmm, don't do drugs!
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I laughed really hard when I read this on Velonews. I could only imagine the chase group destroying themselves to catch up with a guy who never bothered to finish the race. Crazy doper or not, that is one hell of a prank.
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Old 08-25-06, 04:25 PM
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It's going to be my new/best excuse...

"Yeah, I was going great until FB destroyed the peleton..."
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
That guy in second wasn't just some 50 year old guy. It was Ned Overend.
My point is ned still has ay least 20 years on tyler and surely cant be in any better shape. Truast me, i have much love for Mr. Overend, But 20 years is 20 years.
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Originally Posted by jrennie
can you imagine the chace group pedaling like mad only to never catch, wow that would suck.
They probably didn't as they realized that they were riding hard and this guy rode them off his wheel without so much as a glance...
...and that's how good a "not really in shape" professional is...
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
My point is ned still has ay least 20 years on tyler and surely cant be in any better shape. Truast me, i have much love for Mr. Overend, But 20 years is 20 years.

Wellll....

Here's an example of a 46 year old qualifier for the RAAM. He is still riding people 20 years younger than him off his wheel.

Here's an example of a group of guys who, in addition to riding age category races, still wax guys in the CATI class.

Riders at this level, unless they get serious injuries, are still awesome athletes and can still beat the cr@p out of riders much younger than them.

In the case of Overend and Hamilton, I suspect if Tyler was in "Tour shape" the difference would have been much greater.
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
Truast me, i have much love for Mr. Overend, But 20 years is 20 years.
what's 'Truast' and why do you want us to do it to you?
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Ekimov.

Google "Lindsay Blount", "Everest Challenge" and "2005".

I've watched 45+ guys ride everyone off their wheels in the Pro 1/2 fields, second place going to 40 y/o.

We here, we're grey, and we can still kick ass. We just gotta get up and pee more often at night.
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Originally Posted by botto
what's 'Truast' and why do you want us to do it to you?
Tru'ast v. To ignore.

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Originally Posted by roadwarrior
...and that's how good a "not really in shape" professional is...
Excellent point. I still don't think most of us quite grasp how incredible pro racers are.
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Originally Posted by jrennie
can you imagine the chace group pedaling like mad only to never catch, wow that would suck.
Or if they jump on his wheel only to arrive at his house...
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Y'know, I gotta say that on some level I feel bad for VDB, although I'm sure his problems are of his own making. The guy can clearly perform at a high level, but has no outlet or any way to satisfy that competitive need....

So just out of curiosity, what are the rules when it comes to ex-pros riding in the amateur circuit? From what I know it's just that VDB is not on a team, rather than under sanction. Hamilton is banned from the ProTour, but could he do something like RAAM in the interim? (Assuming he wanted to, that is).
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