Dave Zabriskie: "Tom Boonen once told me that we are the reincarnation of soldiers from past wars"
Floyd Landis: "He told you that?"
Floyd: "Well, that's what happens when you live in Belgium too long."
Dave: "On Team CSC, we have one leader this year, and that's Ivan Basso. I mean, I could lead the team in other ways and other directions...."
Floyd: "Yeah, backwards."
Dave: "...But is they want leading for the win, that's Ivan."
Floyd: "Give us some examples of ways your capable of leading things?"
Dave: "I lead things in a positive, you know, positive flowing flow of energy throughout every..."
Floyd: "You're not making any sense!"
Dave: "Bjarne [Riis - CSC DS] is very nice, and he looks like he's thinking a lot, but I'm not sure he is."
Floyd: "Holy ****! Um, Bjarne happens to be your boss."
Dave: "Where are the scales to weigh your food? Wher is your million-dollar gear development team? Isn't that what it takes to win these days?"
Floyd: "I don't count calories or weigh my food. I eat my food... Yes, I eat hamburgers... I live In-N-Out Burger. It's quite good. I think we should have that for lunch!"
Dave: "Cycling has helped the fight against cancer so much, do you think it could help things such as the war on terror?"
Dave: "The war in Iraq?"
Dave: "The war on pornograpy?"
Floyd: "Is there a war on pornography?"
Dave: "I'm sure there is"
Floyd: "I believe that probably cycling would be on the side of pornography. Helping fight the people who are fighting pornography, whoever they may be."
I met Floyd a few years ago and got to spend a little time with him. I loved the article because it really captured who Floyd is. He's got that wry sense of humor and he doesn't much care what anyone thinks about him. He wasn't at all egotistical (although at that time he wasn't quite the star that he's become). In fact, he kept asking questions about me and my friends (what we did for a living, what that's like, etc.). It was all we could do to get him to knock it off and tell us what it's like to ride in the Tour!
I'm a big fan of Lance although there's certainly been enough written about him to see both the good and the bad of his personality. I would love to see Floyd win the TdF because I think he has the potential to put a whole new personality on cycling in the U.S. and I think it would be a refreshing change.
I liked their neat synopsis of the true value of team directors and strategy too. I can't believe something as good as that interview was in bicycling. Does that mean I have missed other gems in the last 15 years?
If you haven't gotten the Bicycling edition with the interview go get it. It's worth the price of the magazine. It's several pages and provides some great insight into the psyche of these two guys. There's enough real conversation in it to get a feel of what makes them tick. It's pretty funny too.
I stayed in the same hotel w/ most of the teams during the end of the Tour de Georgia last year. So I got to do alot of gawking. The morning after the Brasstown stage, I watched Floyd laughing and talking w/ his teammates and other riders, very smiley and nice. That was the morning after Lance had done the pointing-at-the-clock thing at the top of Brasstown as Floyd lost it to Tommy D. I think I would have still been in my room throwing things at people. Seems like a pleasant guy.
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