Phil Liggett Hates Planet Earth

Juan Jose Oroz gets some camera time during Stage 12 of the 2008 Tour de France
Juan Jose Oroz mere seconds from bridging to the 2-man break | Tour de France | Photo ©: screen capture

That’s the first time in my life that name has ever left my mouth.—Phil Liggett upon stating that Juan Jose Oroz has just begun bridging up to the break

There’s just no love for Juan Jose Oroz, the man responsible for prolonging the agony of breakaway riders Arnaud Gerard and Samuel Dumoulin in today’s stage. Not satisfied with completing all 5 Monuments consecutively (plus all of Flanders week and the Ardennes week) since last fall’s Tour of Lombardy, Oroz is now working on tackling the first Grand Tour of his Euskaltel-Euskadi tenure.

Undoubtedly reeling from the Ricco kerfluffle, and momentarily flummoxed by having absolutely nothing to say about The Hardest Working Man in Eusktaltel, Liggett missed his chance to champion the cause of perhaps the only pro cyclist who puts empty aluminum foil food wrappers back in his jersey pocket. Yes, in the furor of exercising his right as someone about 1.3 hours in arrears of Cadel Evans to break away with impunity and make the Team Columbia leadout train break about 1 more bead of sweat, the man appears to be dancing to the beat of Soul Coughing frontman M. Doughty’s ethos: “I can be condemned to Hell for every sin but littering”. I guess that small gesture makes up for the hundreds of bottles Oroz will likely pitch onto French countryside this Tour. Or not. Maybe Oroz is working on a “My First Tour de France” scrapbook complete with a chapter on “Stuff I Ate While Racing”.

And of course, not content to simply bypass Oroz’s minor Green predilections and lacking anything constructive to say about the man breathing new life into a doomed break, Liggett then blasts the sight of a French windmill farm as a blight on the landscape. Nice.

Comments (12) to “Phil Liggett Hates Planet Earth”

  1. I have to say, while I didn’t recognize him as the subject of your little investigation I did find myself thinking something like “Oh wow, how often do you see an Euskatel rider do a runner on the flats like this? Not often.”

  2. As soon as I heard Phil’s comment this morning I thought, “this will get some action on the strut.” Things could be worse, you could be awaiting the arrival 2000 Saunier Duval tires…!@#$%.


  3. Well, at least Phil could pronounce his name. Guess cyclingnews also reads bobkstrut.

  4. Can you confirm or deny that there is Oroz consistency? As in, IS he in fact an individual, or is he a basque collective of anonymous cyclists all slaving to the orange lord?

    Also, Inaki Isasi. Please orange lord, let him win a stage one day.

  5. Joan, Amets Txurruka!

  6. Saw your piece on cyclingnews — nice work and great research. Oroz comes across as a nice enough guy.

  7. …now, let’s be positive about this…mr liggett’s awareness that he’d never spoken j.j.oroz’s name previously is a form of recognition in & of itself…it almost implies “& perhaps i should have sooner”

    …& perhaps senor oroz should be wearing the real “maillot vert” for his lack of un-recyclable contributions to the french countryside…& le bidons ???…quelle betise…those are chased & hunted down for trophies by french schoolchildren & overweight deutschlanders…

    …not to be picky, but you ended your blog by mentioning “nice” whereas the stage actually ended in “nimes”“nice” is east & i believe ‘le tour’ bypasses it completely this year…

    …knew you wouldn’t want those kind of details to slip by…have a nice day…

  8. …& monsieur pierre…all joking aside, the article & interview that you & monika prell did w/ j.j.oroz for cyclingnews was great…

    …senor oroz sounds like a very genuine & ‘down home‘ individual…not so full of himself as some in the peleton…pro cycling is still, after all, a job & oroz sounds like a solid young working man…may much success come his way…

    …props, all round…

  9. I have been a long time reader of this site and must say that I never expected you to tie a random Soul Coughing reference to be connected to bike racing. Thank you I can now say I lived a full life.

  10. I knew I wasn’t the only one who thought, what a knucklehead Liggett!

    Can’t believe that the french finding
    alternatives to energy would illict such an ass hat response from him.

  11. Great work again Pietro, I too was impressed w/the Soul Coughing reference. I hope Phil makes an apology on air to the slighting treatment of senor Oroz.

  12. best OWI attorney Germantown…

    Bobke Strut…

Post a Comment
(Never published)