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A picture says a 1000 words

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.

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  • Ankush Sunday, 11 December 2011, 9:31 am

    “A perfect hat to drive the heat away”

  • Larry T. Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 10:54 am

    2007. thats just about the time I started cycling.


  • Nick Sunday, 11 December 2011, 11:11 am

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

  • Mat Sunday, 11 December 2011, 11:42 am

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

  • JohnS Sunday, 11 December 2011, 11:57 am

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

  • bubnoff Sunday, 11 December 2011, 12:28 pm

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

  • Don Sunday, 11 December 2011, 2:18 pm

    “Under the Sun Tour Hat”

  • eric wineinger Sunday, 11 December 2011, 3:38 pm

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

  • Chris Campbell Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 5:27 pm

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

  • beev Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 6:17 pm

    JohnS – nailed it.

  • trounder Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 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 Sunday, 11 December 2011, 9:01 pm

    go on punk – make my day

  • OJT Sunday, 11 December 2011, 9:07 pm

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

  • Alfiso Sunday, 11 December 2011, 11:58 pm

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

  • Glenn Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 12:29 am

    +1 to OJT!

  • oliver Monday, 12 December 2011, 1:11 am

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

  • brendan Monday, 12 December 2011, 1:41 am

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

  • Cam Monday, 12 December 2011, 1:49 am

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

  • Don Monday, 12 December 2011, 3:52 am

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

  • Nick Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 4:35 am

    My wife has one:

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

  • TotheBillyoh Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 6:44 am

    ‘Chapeau Skoda!’

  • Patrick Monday, 12 December 2011, 7:43 am

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

  • Dagoose Monday, 12 December 2011, 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. Monday, 12 December 2011, 9:55 am

    OJT should get the prize!

  • Rider Council Monday, 12 December 2011, 10:24 am

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

  • TomH Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 7:42 pm

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

  • bikecellar Monday, 12 December 2011, 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 Monday, 12 December 2011, 8:59 pm

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

  • Richard S Monday, 12 December 2011, 11:21 pm

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

  • Richard S Monday, 12 December 2011, 11:22 pm

    UCI 2011, proves it has a right to bear alms

  • Richard S Monday, 12 December 2011, 11:22 pm

    UCI 2011 proves it has a right to bear alms.

  • Greg D Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 12:05 am

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

  • Rick N Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 3:34 am

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

  • Kevin E Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 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 Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 9:32 pm

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

  • Sean Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 9:40 pm

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

  • Pål Wednesday, 14 December 2011, 1:24 am

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

  • Godsight Wednesday, 14 December 2011, 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 Thursday, 15 December 2011, 12:58 am

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

  • Igam Ogam Thursday, 15 December 2011, 7:34 pm

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