The Angel aka Jana Ireton is back at the Tour of California. Originally, she was a concoction from Specialized’s advertising agency, a sexy counter-point to the Tour de France Devil.
Her job was to bless riders, blow kisses and in general spread her ethereal and sassy cheer amongst the peloton. But sadly, campaigns change and the Angel was forced into retirement, still heavenly but out of a job like the rest of us.
However, she’s back with a slight variation in the California stage race. She’s now called the Angel of the Echelon but still has the same duties to perform. We caught up with her in Davis, moments before the start of stage two.
Twisted: Are angels clairvoyant?
Angel: Of course.
Twisted: Then you must know who’s gonna win today.
Angel: I do. I don’t know if I can divulge this information to you mortals.
Twisted: Can you give me initials, can you give me a team? What do you have for me.
Angel: Hmm, what do I have for you… maybe SB.
Twisted: Saxo Bank, okay. And the wings, what are you gonna do if you get some precipitation.
Angel: I have an umbrella but I don’t how how much it covers — probably just my head.
Twisted: Is the outfit waterproof.
Angel: We haven’t tested that out yet.
Twisted: You did this a few years ago and now the angel is back. Do you have any new tricks besides the kisses?
Angel: I do have a new outfit, new wings, these are ostrich plume feathers.
Twisted: Yeah, what makes them special?
Angel: They’re just more angelic.
Twisted: Do you have a particular favorite in the riders? Do angels play favorites?
Angel: I’ve always liked Levi Leipheimer.
Twisted: How about the foreign guys.
Angel: JJ Haedo is a good one.
Twisted: Now do you have a medical kit? Do you offer assistance in that way?
Angel: I do not. Just hugs and kisses.
Twisted: Tom Boonen crashed pretty hard yesterday? Can you send him any special wishes?
Angel: Tom Boonen, as your angel, I’ll be watching over you. I hope you have a speedy recovery.