A picture says a 1000 words

Sunday, 11 December 2011

They say a picture says a thousand words and I think this one from cyclingnews.com says plenty.

We have Alberto Contador in a yellow jersey branded with the Discovery channel, UCI President Pat McQuaid holding a gun, Danilo Di Luca winner and the man in the grey suit is Jan Jannsen, the first Dutchman to win the Tour de France.

The photo is from the Surhuisterveen post-Tour de France criterium in 2007. Why does the picture say so much? Well for starters I find the image of McQuaid smiling whilst holding a gun is amusing. Yes I know it’s a start gun. But it’s not just McQuaid, because Contador’s nickname is El Pistolero and Di Luca is “the Killer of Spoltore”.

It’s all smiles in 2007 but today the UCI is currently appealing the Spanish verdict to clear Alberto Contador and the governing body could put an end to the Spaniard’s career. Danilo Di Luca is less cheerful these days after he was caught doping in the 2009 Giro d’Italia. Also these post-Tour races are rigged and that’s partly why you have the Tour and Giro winners wearing the leaders jerseys, so they are easily recognisable for the crowd in this piece of celebrity sport-theatre. And we have Jan Janssen as a reminder of the past, a way to remind us just how important history and legend is in cycling. One quick snap says a lot, no?

Caption Competition time

But it is competition time and the final word goes to you. The prize is a Skoda hat, unworn and as new, this is given out at the Tour de France and can often be spotted on well-dressed French farmers.

Leave a caption below in the comments that suits the picture, preferably a witty one, and upon my return I’ll pick the winner and post the prize anywhere in the world.

Ankush December 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

“A perfect hat to drive the heat away”

Larry T. December 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

“Hot-Air” McQuaid is saying to “The Killer” and “Il Pistolero”– “Don’t worry boys, you just keep those payments coming in to that bank around the corner from the UCI HQ in Switzerland and I’ll make sure you have no trouble with passing the dope tests. Just ask BigTex!” Jansen has just realized they’ve been photographed by someone holding a tape recorder along with their camera.

Steve Wilson December 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

2007. thats just about the time I started cycling.


Nick December 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

“Pat, is that an El Pistolero in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

Mat December 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

What’s that sonny? You think I’m kidding?”

JohnS December 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

Pat shows off his ventriloquism skills with a rather unconvincing Contador dummy.

bubnoff December 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Jan Janssen: Hmm, guys are pretty weak for my good old dutch stuff…

Don December 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

“Under the Sun Tour Hat”

eric wineinger December 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

“I have the sport held hostage no? Ha, ha.”

Chris Campbell December 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Danilo thought he could get away with racing on a tandem with some random bloke in a suit. Then Pat pulled out a gun.

Matt Evans December 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Sure Vino paid to win today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t negotiate a more desireable outcome.

beev December 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

“keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”….

(John S pretty much stole what came to my mind first of all – Pat de McCourcey and all that)

David December 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Pat -“Here’s how it works Danilo, left hand has the gun and the right hand is in Alberto’s pocket.”
Jan -“Same sh*t, different day.”

Note the journo standing in the back, oblivious to all this.

MT Dave December 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

JohnS – nailed it.

trounder December 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

The effects of an unexpected decree issued at the 2007 Surhuisterveen criterium allowing firearms in a UCI sanctioned cycling event proved to be more than a laughing matter for many.

Darren December 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Big Flat Patty (as known to other wise-guys), one of the few who can threaten to kill you if you don’t let the other guy win, while sporting a creepy grin!!!

iain December 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

go on punk – make my day

OJT December 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

McQuaid: Where should I aim?
Di Luca: I don’t care, just try to avoid your foot this time

Alfiso December 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

After that meeting with the Lord of Aigle, did Jan Janssen test positive? :-)))

Glenn December 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

Di Luca to McQuaid: “Really? You can make sure Contador can never challenge me again and all I have to do is give you these glasses?”

Dennis December 12, 2011 at 12:29 am

+1 to OJT!

oliver December 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

Pat: Who should I kill first? The drug tester or the journalist?

brendan December 12, 2011 at 1:41 am

Pat: And remember, this gun is pointed right at your heart.
Alberto: That is my *least* vulnerable spot

Cam December 12, 2011 at 1:49 am

McQuaid’s latest testing measures unearth Pistolero’s smoking gun.

Don December 12, 2011 at 3:52 am

The newly introduced “Riders Commitment to New Cycling” ensures that everyone can profit.

Nick December 12, 2011 at 4:32 am

McQuaid: “Just keep smiling boys and no one has to get hurt… Just stick to the plan and your wins will be safe with me…”

oliver December 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

My wife has one:

Di Luca: “What about me?”
McQuaid: “My hand’s stuck!”

TotheBillyoh December 12, 2011 at 5:41 am

Alberto: “Haw. He said he was going to shoot the foreigner on drugs. That’s me safe. Now for that steak dinner he promised me”.

IgdonHeath December 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

‘Chapeau Skoda!’

Patrick December 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

Contador’s laughing because no one has noticed he’s stuck a cocktail umbrella in his helmet, the crazy kid…

Dagoose December 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

Another ill fitting post tour crit yellow jersey… weird I noticed it this year with Cadel. His jersey was like a sail in those post tour crits.

“Three smiling assassins and one not so smiley assassin”

Larry T. December 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

OJT should get the prize!

Rider Council December 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

McQuaid; Hey Danny boy, say ‘cera’
DiLuca; eh? chera?
Contador; Ay caramba!

TomH December 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

McQuaid to Contador and DiLuca;
“so you take 10 steps that way and you go 10 steps that way and then we’ll see what happens”

Tom December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

Smile when you’re winning
Smile when you cannot lose

U-nwanted C-redibility I-mpairment?
You can’t get shot if you’re holding the gun

Owen December 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Damn, it’s only you two. Have you seen Floyd anywhere?

bikecellar December 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Pat says “I have you in my sights Albert” If I win please feel free to auction the hat for charity I have a drawer full. Anecdote, wearing a Skoda hat whilst on holiday in Spain a couple of years ago I was told that I must have a lot of nerve :- by a fellow Brit trying to sell me a time share would you believe!!!

Gene Sanders December 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Pat: Put on those radio earpieces, and I’ll shoot you. Danilo: Surely you are joking, right?

Richard S December 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

UCI 2011, proves it has a right to bear alms…

Richard S December 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

UCI 2011, proves it has a right to bear alms

Richard S December 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

UCI 2011 proves it has a right to bear alms.

Greg D December 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

McQuaid: “Alberto, your prostate seems OK but I want to check it again tomorrow. Danilo, you’re next.”

Rick N December 13, 2011 at 3:34 am

McQuaid: “Something tells me I will regret not shooting both of you right now.”

Kevin E December 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Contador: I think you are taking our nicknames a bit too literally.
McQuaid: Bugger. I’ll just have to think of something else to “make the racing more interesting”.

Jon December 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

“Don’t worry Danny boy, I’ll make sure ‘berto gets his, too.”

Sean December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Pat McQuaid practices covering Contador’s arse even before the trial.

Pål December 14, 2011 at 1:24 am

“Hahaha, no, I’m not going to shoot. In fact, I won’t do anything.”

Godsight December 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

DiLuca: Who is that in the yellow jersey ?
McQuaid: Oh ! That’s my new pupil, i am sure he will grow up just like you.
DiLuca: That’s great but why you are holding a gun ?
McQuaid: It’s the new policy, everytime i go in public, i have to shoot myself in the foot.
Jenssen: Where could i have left that stack of pot belge ?
Journalist: And they all just think that I invent those things.
Boonen: OH! Look what i found there !!!!

Stu C December 15, 2011 at 12:58 am

Keep looking at the gun and you won’t see the knife in the right hand.

Igam Ogam December 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Contador: Ha ha!
McQuiad: Ho ho!
Di Luca: Hi hi!
Janssen: What the… have these three got to laugh about?

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