I'll take the bait.
That picture depicts only one type of tourer. A tourer in fact can be anything the tourer wishes to ride. They can be road bikes but not always. Have a squiz at CGOAB and you'll see every iteration of bike used to tour the local neighbourhood or to go around the world, some into very remote places most of us will never go. As for flat bar tourers, Pete has a very nice one just built up to go almost anywhere. They can give better control off road or on narrow rutted tracks and are very popular with the touring community because you are sitting up more and can see around you while offering with the right bars, many hand positions. I have an LHT with drops and I like that too for touring on sealed and unmade roads. It has the added advantage of getting low into the wind. OTH I used my Lefty mtb to ride to Qld using back roads/rough tracks/sealed roads etc and it had a flat bar with bar ends. It was comfortable too for the type of terrain/roads we encountered. My fav touring story on CGOAB of the past couple of years is GJ Coop's tour from Melb to SA, NT and WA on mostly ill defined remote tracks through deserts etc using an MTB with flat bars and BoB trailer. Touring is very much a broad church.
I daresay in Victor's case he has thrown away the TdF pretensions of many who take up cycling for the utilitarian nature of his tourer that is his one and only means of transport. No stigma in my eyes and a stance very much to be admired and emulated.