Tweets of the Week: Cobbles and commentary

Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 26th February 2012.

All cobbled together

It was the start of the Belgian Classics at the weekend and, well, there was a lot of excitement in the Twittersphere. Of course, everyone was watching big Tom Boonen, particularly in Omloop on Saturday. Why? Because he practically owns those roads. In fact, according to the Inner Ring, Wikipedia (so it must be fact!) has something to say about Tom and those cobbled climbs.

But Tom wasn’t the only one who had bragging rights on the day. A certain Juan Antonio Flecha was hotly tipped for victory in Saturday’s race. And he had some dedicated fans by the roadside.

Two cycling photographers who always post up the best Instagrams are Jered Gruber and Kristof Ramon. I’m a massive fan of both of them and neither disappointed this weekend. First off, Kristof:

He got the trio of Flecha, Johan Vansummeren and Taylor Phinney, all poised and relaxed, with their lovely smooth legs on show for everyone.

Jered, on the other hand, took some stunners of the real stars of the weekend.

You know what, cycling stars come and go, but the cobbles and the furious love Belgians have for the sport are permanent fixtures.

Before we leave Omloop, however, we have a little something to say about the victor in that race … Just as Vansummeren took everyone by surprise at last year’s Paris-Roubaix, Garmin-Barracuda did it again this year with Sep Vanmarcke beating the hot favourite Boonen in a gutsy head-to-head sprint. Well, he didn’t take everyone by surprise. Seems Jonathan Vaughters had his crystal ball out ages ago and predicted this:

Yes, we have no bananas

Sunday dawned … it was Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Everyone (except me) was sure Mark Cavendish would win. I predicted Andre Greipel or Tom Boonen. I take that back, Velocentric put his money where his mouth was and I quickly tried to pin him down in order to share our potential ill-gotten gains.

Nor did this mini-Greipel. Don’t worry, honey, Andre will do us proud soon!

Adam Hansen took time out from his Twitter war with Greg Henderson to make sure someone was taking care of the bananas for The Gorilla on Sunday. Hansen has a real thing for his Samsung Galaxy tablet (I figure if I say the full name enough times in this column, they might send me a free one…) so he did a little instructional pictogram for the team (and his devoted followers).

But of course on the day, no one else could fill these shoes …(another Kristof Ramon special).

A little self-promotion

As many of you know, VeloVoices tries to provide live race tweets as often as possible. We’re only four but we’re dedicated so Tim will tweet races during his lunch hour, Jack will dedicate himself to listening to Argentinian radio feeds for scraps of information and Sheree will tweet from the barricades at races in the South of France. This weekend, it was up to me to put in a long turn on the front of the Tweleton, updating both Omloop and KBK from the livefeeds on Belgian TV. Well, AntBeal gave me one of the greatest compliments ever …

My dad would have been proud …

Remember, we’re on Twitter (lots of races coming up …) and Facebook (where we post up race results, film and pics most days), so stay tuned to all our channels because the Classics season is going to be a rip-roarer!

3 thoughts on “Tweets of the Week: Cobbles and commentary

  1. Sheree says:

    My Tuesday doesn’t start until I’ve read your take on the Twittersphere! Now I can go for a ride – the road is calling me.

  2. Thanks to you both. I do love praise 🙂 BTW, Sheree, were you the one that posted up the lovely picture of Fabian on Facebook for me? Much appreciated, much needed, he is much loved at Casa Fondue! It really cheered me up!

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