VeloNews has commandeered Bernhard Eisel to report from the Tour de France. Over the years I have enjoyed watching Neal Rogers of VeloNews cover the news at the Tour, becoming increasingly more and more exhausted every stage, not knowing where he was or what stage it was, or where he was going, but always knowing the riders and being respectful, prepared, and professional. This year Neal Rogers will not be at the 2011 Tour de France as a journalist.
|Berhnard Eisel in his official HTC Highroad team photo|
What I noticed most about Bernhard Eisel at the Tour of California is that the other riders genuinely like being around him, no matter what team they are on or what country they are from. There are a few riders that the peloton simply enjoys and Bernhard Eisel is one of them. His nickname is Bernie.
Breaking news - Wednesday June 29, 2011 12:56
Ed in LA :
|Bernard Eisel in Claremont CA, 2011|
|Bernard Eisel in Solvang, CA, 2011|
Quote: “something strange happens in every bike race you do”. ~ Bernhard Eisel. We are going to have some exciting unpredictable fun in France in 2011!
2011 Tour de France video series: Breakfast with Bernie (list of every stage video with Bernhard)
Bernhard Eisel Facebook page: Bernhard Eisel on Facebook
Bernhard Eisel - link to the orphanage he supports in Jakarta, Indonesia: Pa van der Steur Orphanage
Bernhard Eisel - did you know that Bernie rode the 2008 Tour de France with 2 fractured vertebrae. He won his first race at age 11 and was motivated to get into cycling by watching his older brother compete. Bernie likes to read, a lot, he also likes to talk, a lot, while riding a bike and chats constantly over the miles. In 2000 he broke his nose in 2 places and lost three teeth and was motivated to return to cycling by watching the Tour de France on TV. Since then he has competed in the Tour de France 8 times.
Post post update 07/03/11: Did Bernie Eisel finish after he crashed in Stage 2 of the 2011 TDF? Bernie is still in the race! Sunday, July 3, 2011 Bernie solos the Team Time Trial Wearing dossard #173 Bernhard Eisel is now in 173rd place in the GC today.
Post post update, 07/18/11: I have tuned in everyday to watch Breakfast with Bernie during the TDF, I was hoping VeloNews would loosen up and ask more interesting questions of Bernie, and they finally did at the very end for a satisfied fan. Bernie seems to be a a funny intelligent well rounded man, I would have liked to have heard a little less questioning of what will happen (always an unknown anyway) in the race, and a little more lifestyle stuff like his view on the new religious movement in Austria called Pastafarian, or if he liked the Basque sausages as well as the ones he can get in Austria. Or perhaps the worst thing he ever pulled out of a feed bag, or who has the most annoying pre-race rituals. But these answers will have to wait - until next year.