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Old 07-06-10, 08:37 PM
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Did anyone else just see that?

So, I'm watching the Versus coverage of today's stage of the Tour de France stage with cobbles. As usual, there are lots of yellow and black Flanders flags flying in the breeze, but this time, one was different. It featured Ned Flanders!

Typical Flanders flag:



Not so typical version:

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Old 07-06-10, 08:52 PM
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Yep. I laughed.
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Really, I had no idea. Guess someone has a sense of humor, nice.
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Apparently, this was the idea of a magazine writer who actually lives in the Flanders area and writes for Bicycle Times (?...I had not heard of this "e-zine" until I googled it)
At any rate, here's the article....and yes, that's awesome!!!

https://www.bicycletimesmag.com/conte...classic-spring
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Did you see the rv sales sign just at the end of todays stage? good to see capitalism is spreading.
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It was only on for a brief second, but my favorite part was the farmer who dressed a cow in a polka dot jersey. I can only assume that he was smart enough to dress three more in white, green, and yellow jerseys as well.
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Originally Posted by alpha_bravo
It was only on for a brief second, but my favorite part was the farmer who dressed a cow in a polka dot jersey. I can only assume that he was smart enough to dress three more in white, green, and yellow jerseys as well.
Everyone knows cows are breed for climbing and never a contender for the GC, thus it would look silly for a cow to be wearing yellow.
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I saw it, but I did not get it until now. That's funny.
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Originally Posted by ls01
Did you see the rv sales sign just at the end of todays stage? good to see capitalism is spreading.
Ha! Yeah, I laughed at that one...I'll be heading over to Dirk Hoffman Motorhomes right after work today!!!
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Originally Posted by ls01
Did you see the rv sales sign just at the end of todays stage? good to see capitalism is spreading.
May I remind you the whole TdF is and always has been a capitalistic endeavor. It was created to boost sales of a sporting newspaper calledL'Auto. Have you never seen the parade of promotional cars/trucks/vans before the riders come through? The yellow jersey is yellow because L'Auto's pages were yellow. Teams are sponsored primarily by businesses that have nothing to do with cycling:

Lampre makes pre-coated steel
Radio Shack make knock off electronics
Saxo Bank is a financial institution
Quick Step makes laminate flooring
Astana is a bunch of state owned businesses in Kazakhstan
Sky is a satellite broadcasting company
Milram is a German dairy company
Euskaltel is a telecom company
etc.

Each team kit is a billboard on two wheels.

The tour's route is partially directed through little backwater and industrial towns in order to boost business in those towns. TdF has always been one of the biggest capitalistic sports ventures ever created - it didn't just spread recently with the rv sales sign. Capitalism is built into the race ever since it first started in 1903.
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Originally Posted by ls01
Did you see the rv sales sign just at the end of todays stage? good to see capitalism is spreading.
The guy has been holding up that sign at the spring classics as well. Nice guerrilla marketing.
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Originally Posted by casrider
may i remind you the whole tdf is and always has been a capitalistic endeavor. It was created to boost sales of a sporting newspaper calledl'auto. Have you never seen the parade of promotional cars/trucks/vans before the riders come through? The yellow jersey is yellow because l'auto's pages were yellow. Teams are sponsored primarily by businesses that have nothing to do with cycling:

Lampre makes pre-coated steel
radio shack make knock off electronics
saxo bank is a financial institution
quick step makes laminate flooring
astana is a bunch of state owned businesses in kazakhstan
sky is a satellite broadcasting company
milram is a german dairy company
euskaltel is a telecom company
etc.

Each team kit is a billboard on two wheels.

The tour's route is partially directed through little backwater and industrial towns in order to boost business in those towns. Tdf has always been one of the biggest capitalistic sports ventures ever created - it didn't just spread recently with the rv sales sign. Capitalism is built into the race ever since it first started in 1903.
wrong.
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Yeah, Radio Shack only SELLS knock-off electronics (and batteries). Somebody in China actually MAKES the knock-off electronics.

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That style of guerilla marketing is illegal in some European countries... some young ladies got arrested in South Africa for sporting tiny little dresses with a beer logo. I can't remember what they call it and I'm not sure if it would apply for an "open" event like the TdF.

Good stuff though.
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Originally Posted by under18cyclists
wrong.
oh dear god...
go ride your bike
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
That style of guerilla marketing is illegal in some European countries... some young ladies got arrested in South Africa for sporting tiny little dresses with a beer logo. I can't remember what they call it and I'm not sure if it would apply for an "open" event like the TdF.
Not arrested but asked to leave the stadium. Big difference between that and being illegal.
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Originally Posted by Casrider

Euskaltel is a telecom company
etc.

.
more like a nationalistic telecom company. also, in case anyone is wondering, Eusk is the prefix meaning Basques in the Basque language, and Euskadi means Basque country. The team, alas, is also heavily supported by the government of the Basque autonomous region, thus making them a socialist team in action

On a side note, this is why for the terrorist organization ETA, there's no letter B (for Basque, in French) or V (for Vasco, in Spanish). Rather, the E stands for Euskadi
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich
The team, alas, is also heavily supported by the government of the Basque autonomous region, thus making them a socialist team in action
Oh noes! Not socialism!

FYI - Spain's governing political party is the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party so, alas, it's not just the Basque Autonomous Region that is socialist

and Armstrong's previous team, the US Postal Service team, was nationalistic (and socialistic)

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Originally Posted by Casrider
Oh noes! Not socialism!
lol, i probably came across as a wingnut in that response. rest assured, i'm not. i'm just trying to say that TdF is not all about capitalism.

anyways, back on track. next time at teh RvV, someone should have a flag of homer yelling "damn flanders," preferably in french, of course

edit: i meant all the things i said about the Euskatel team being socialistic in jest, apparently it didn't come through. did you really expect a wingnut to care enough about what goes on in the rest of the world to know that Pays Basque= Pais Vasco=Euskadi, and that Spain has three national languages?

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