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Artistic License at the Victory Party. | 09.03.2006: Ok, I managed to have my picture taken with The Mountain Man, the one-and-only Dave Zabriskie. But the deer-in-the-headlights look on my face can never see the light of day.

This is the actual conversation I had with Dave Zabriskie:

Peter: Uhhh, Dave, would you mind posing for a photo with me?

DZ: That will be $20.

Peter: ???????

My wife snaps the picture.

DZ: Hey, I was just kidding about the $20.

Peter: Good, because I don't have $20.

End of conversation.

And yes, that's Rich and George Hincapie to my right.

You may wonder, what's up with the cinder blocks, the chainlink fence, the razor wire? Well, certain people at the victory celebration were steadfast in their determination to have me and Levi Leipheimer go head to head in a Cage Match. Levi fled the premises knowing I'd cave in his Man Who Fell to Earth physique with a single punch. Then I fled because I thought DZ wanted a piece of me.