The return of O.T.B. Jacques

A blast from the past — specifically, from the 1995 Tour. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. …

It’s a long hard road, to be sure. Especially when you’re sliding along it through clusters of howling drunkards and clouds of noxious smoke while wearing a thimbleful of Lycra. This shit keeps up and they’ll be awarding the final yellow jersey to a moto driver, a journo’ or Bernard Hinault.

 

14 Responses to “The return of O.T.B. Jacques”

  1. Stan Thomas Says:

    It’s tough but Geraint Thomas is no Voeckler and there on merit. He’ll be a worthy and popular winner, untainted by scandal. Here’s hoping he’s on the top step in Paris.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      He’s saying all the right stuff, too. “I’m still riding for Froome. He’s still the man,” etc. I think he’s starting to believe in his own chances, though.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Long ways to go in TdF….but I’d love to see Geraint Thomas atop the podium in Paris. No TUES, PEDS, etc. that have tainted his accomplishments. And he’s a great wingman. Class act.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    God. This is the first year since the eighties when I have to ask “is the Tour de France still on?”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Gotta admit, I haven’t been paying it much mind. I didn’t even know the route. Missed the Roubaix stage and L’Alpe d’Huez. Too much time watching the bozo in the orange jersey. But it sure seems like a bunch of names have already bitten the big one.

  4. Libby Says:

    Love a cartoon, Patrick! Thanks for that.
    Ironically, it was Thomas, the yellow jersey, who brought Nibali down. Not a spectator or motorbike. In his interview immediately after the stage he said that he, “rode over Nibali’s wheel.” Way to get rid of a rival! Nibali usually gets stronger in the 3rd week of a GT.

    Another irony: in a bid to unseat Sagan from winning another green jersey ASO designed a course to thwart him. It has not confounded Sagan at all – he had already amassed an overwhelming lead before the course took a toll on his main rivals.

    • Stan Thomas Says:

      Really? Everyone else thinks Nibbles got tangled up with a spectator and fell in front of ‘G’ who then rode over his wheel while taking avoiding action.

  5. SteveO’D Says:

    What was up with that smoke!? Who wakes up, goes through the logistics of attending a mountain top finish, and then thinks, “ya know what’s missing? Pink smoke grenades, so I can’t see a fcking thing while I’m up here?”

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I find it amazing that the so-often uptight French authorities fail so often to keep the riders safe. The infamous cop in the way of the final sprint taking out Jalabert, BigTex being snagged by the musette strap, Guerini being knocked down by a spectator in the road, the moto pileup on Mt. Ventoux and now Nibali taken out by a spectator’s camera strap.
    Not a lot of drama left in Le Beeg Shew now other than the polemics of Thomas vs Froome and the challenge of Dumoulin to get past them on GC.

  7. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Every year I’m a little less interested in Le Tour. And the avoidable danger to the riders is there every year, and it seems to never be a concern to ASO. Can you imagine being on a tough climb, trying to get all the oxygen you can, and some dip stick pulls out his smoke grenade so you can breathe some of that shit and not see the road. The crash that gives me the most fear was in 2011 when Flecha and Hoogerland got sideswiped by the team car. I ride by barb wire fences, sometimes very close, on a trail coming out of Brown Canyon. Hoogerland going into that fence pops into my head every time I come down that trail.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Bicycle road racing is something that would probably be impossible if someone proposed the idea for the first time in current society — “You want us to close the roads so 200 guys on bicycles can race around for 100’s of kilometers for three weeks? Thousands of people (plenty of them stupid) will be standing at the roadside? You want to have a bunch of cars with bikes on top zooming around in the middle of the whole thing? You want to hand them drinks or have mechanics work on their bikes while hanging out of a speeding car? You’re out of your mind. The public would never allow such madness!”

  8. debby511 Says:

    I’ve been enjoying the coverage, watching it live every morning. Sky has kind of smothered the race with their overwhelming power, but the finishes are still exciting. Sagan was brilliant today! He’s amazing.

    Seems like they need better crowd control. Why do these idiots think smoke bombs are a good idea? And Nibbles getting crashed out with a broken back by an idiot fan? That should not be happening.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Seems Nibali (I want to slap whoever came up with Nibbles!) was caught by a spectator’s camera strap – similar to when Sagan was taken down by the fan’s jacket hanging over the barriers in Flanders I think it was? In Nibali’s case he was over so close to the barriers because the moto was in his way. The smoke bomb just made things worse. The guy who ran out to punch Froome was something else entirely.
      If the gawddamn TV directors would not show these fools, I think it would cut down a lot on this stupidity. Someone pointed out this is similar to the “streaking” fad at sports events – once the TV directors started cutting away from the image instead of featuring it, the numbers of dolts stripping off and running around decreased.
      The race organizers need to have a chat with the TV directors who control what images get shown on TV.
      What really makes no sense is when the race organizer creates a race promo video featuring these bozos in their silly costumes – ToC with the moron with the helmet/horns or bunny costumes or the stinky Devil guy and his pitchfork at LeTour. That only encourages these people.

  9. David Watts Says:

    While I’m not following the Tour, much, I’m still a fan of your cartoons. One of the reasons I used to enjoy getting B.R.A.I.N. in the mail. Keep them up, Patrick! Any chance penning some special strips just for the privileged hundreds that read this blog?

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