For a few years now, I have been a columnist for the Marin Independent Journal, a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper. I have gotten them finally trained NEVER to edit my columns but what I failed to do is get them to use my column titles. For two years straight, i repeatedly tried to convince them that my proposed titles were more catchy than the ones they'd use. Anyway...when i come across an ingenious title, I get really excited! Hence, the Tour article!
"Steegmans doet Boonen groen lachen" means "Steegmans made Boonen laugh green" - TOTAL play on words!! Great stuff!!! Laugh green is an expression which means you are laughing when you really feel like crying. And green is also a reference to the Green Jersey that Steegmans helped Boonen to earn.
By the way, the general concensus here in Belgium is that Steegmans' stage win was NOT a gift; Boonen just didn't have the ability to come around Steegmans who was simply ON FIRE! When Steegmans was interviewed on TV, the interviewer asked why he didn't race for another team where he could be team leader (kopman). His response was that he would not be comfortable with the continuous high pressure that a team leader has to deal with. Fair enough.
As I am typing this, Zabel is being interviewed on TV regarding yesterday's pile-up. Zabel just copped to swerving when he prematurely released from his pedal but made it clear that it was not his fault that the pile-up occured. Hmmm...