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Favorite quotes from the peloton

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Dan Jones (playing DS for Sam Bewley during the MTT): I know it's only 10, but eat and drink, mate, eat and drink. In fact, you haven't got any food, so just drink.
(at another time): Bloody muppets. Get off the road!
+ a lot of other stuff.

Sam Bewley: I didn't even bring my radio.
 
"So the break went away, and Steven was saying they could get 20-25 minutes surely, but Maarten (Tjallingi), he's riding his last race, so he didn't care, he was just riding like crazy. Then, after 2 hours, Valverde came riding by, asking if we could slow down a little, because he had to take a piss."

~ Bram Tankink,
 
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"So the break went away, and Steven was saying they could get 20-25 minutes surely, but Maarten (Tjallingi), he's riding his last race, so he didn't care, he was just riding like crazy. Then, after 2 hours, Valverde came riding by, asking if we could slow down a little, because he had to take a piss."

~ Bram Tankink,
Lol, thats awesome - maybe explains why Piti said Steven had a strong team after todays stage :D
 
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Chaves: (being asked if potential illness was the reason he lost Maglia Rosa today): Everyone's a bit sick now. It's been 80 hours on the bike, and 3000 KM. I have no excuses.

Gained even more respect for Chavito after that
Yeah,Nairo should earn from him :D
 
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Since there are quite a few quotes above by commentators, I'll add one from Dutch tv. If possible I watch cycling on Belgian tv since their commentaries are a whole lot better, but occasionally this is not possible.

Somewhere in the Armstrong era, pretty early on (my guess would be 2001, but it could just as well be 2000 or 2002) Mart Smeets still was commenting on the TdF live. Throughout the entire TdF he kept hinting at extensive use of PEDs in a rather explicit way (but just not explicit enough that he could actually be sued). My favourite description was in one of the mountain stages, when the peloton was at full speed while led by the full USPS team: "The blue brigade of bionic men." (In Dutch: "De blauwe brigade bionische mannen.")

To me, that's just about the perfect description of the LA era.
 
Making things a little lighter than the previous discussion, here's Pro Cycling's very own Eeyore, Gianni Bugno. A guy who was always very honest and straightforward but whose head was often up in the clouds so he had some pretty - unintentionally - funny lines.

Alpe d'Huez 1991, he has this back-and-forth with a reporter:

"Gianni, the other riders complained you didn't take a single pull the entire way, then dared to sprint. Why did you do that?"
"I was afraid I'd blow up. I don't know the climb"
"............but you won here last year!"
"I did?"