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 15th April 2012.
It’s really just about the podium girls …
The Amstel Gold Race might not have been the most riveting race until inside the 10km mark, but from about 5km from the finish to the podium presentation, it finally lit Twitter up …But let’s start with some sardines from Graham Watson:
There was also some conjecture as to the race route by nyvelocity, retweeted by Cadel Evans, and Bradley McGee, who had a rather poetic way of describing it:
Well, Enrico Gasparatto stopped riding fences long enough to win the race, surprising just about everyone, especially VV favourite Panache:
But it was the podium presentation that really got the Twitterati going … If you remember, Paris-Roubaix and Ronde coverage showed Tom Boonen changing his kit in a cramped tent on nasty plastic chairs. Those were not the chairs of champions, because those were being stored in a giant safe for Amstel. And keep your eyes on the podium girls!
I’m busily making my own Amstel Gold Dress™ to wear to work tomorrow. I might lose the hat though – I think that might just be a beer-mat too far:
I think that other races should take some notes and see what they can do with their own presentation ceremonies. Although Tirreno-Adriatico does have a giant trident and Vuelta al Pais Vasco has a big floppy hat … um, I guess it’s just the Grand Tours that need to be a bit more eccentric. Come on Giro! Come on TdF! Come on Vuelta! Show some craziness – make the riders wear giant sunflower hats or something. (You can have that idea for free, ASO …)
I think the Giro might already have thought about this as they seem to have, at first glance, gigantic pink diapers on the table for this press conference. (Pssst, do we think Ivan Basso is losing his hair? He never seems to go anywhere without some sort of sock hat on – like The Edge, you never see him without a hat. I’m worried.)
It’s a family affair
I’m putting this next one in just because I think it’s really charming. And, if my über-crush works out how I hope, soon these two will be my parents-in-law, for I have my eye on that Manuel Quinziato:
And because I have found that I physically cannot do this column without putting in a tweet by the mighty Greg Henderson, here’s one of him and his mum about 20 years ago. What a shiny, happy picture – hope your week makes you laugh like this at least once: