Bare-Chested Cycling

I don’t always check out other men’s torsos, but on the Tour stage two days ago there was a lot of fishbelly white (as my old girlfriend used to refer to my skin color) on France 2, as riders unzipped on the last climb due to the heat.

And then I noticed something interesting enough to come out of hibernation and write about – a couple of guys weren’t wearing heart rate monitors, including Richie Porte and, not surprisingly, Thomas Voeckler (does he do anything ‘normal’?).


I have read that Voeckler doesn’t even ride with power, which makes me like him even more, but I assume Richie does and that’s where he’s getting his ‘feedback’ from. Knowledgeable readers, any insight on this?