Tweets of the Week: Velodrome victors, JV’s confession, Bridie for UCI President and Wiggo cookies

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 12th August 2012.

Beyond Velodrome

Mark Cavendish decided to stick around at the Olympics and do some commentary on the track cycling. Looks like he enjoyed it.

And the king of the Velodrome? Chris Hoy of course – who actually might just get a new title in the New Year’s Honours!

I wonder if he’d be able to get into the Velodrome easier than Geraint Thomas? The gold medal-winning, world record-setting wunderkind found his entrance hampered by some overzealous security guards. They must not have recognised him without his Team GB skinsuit and helmet with radiation shield.

But he did get to ride in a gold car. Not sure about this myself.

Taylor Phinney had an interesting theory on why Team GB was doing so well at the Velodrome.

Jonathan Vaughters’ confession

Anyone who knows anything about cycling would probably not have been surprised that Jonathan Vaughters admitted doping in his career – not least because in the past few months he’s been dropping some pretty heavy hints on Twitter. JV’s op/ed piece was published in Sunday’s New York Times and it was one of the biggest stories on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions from the Twitterati, as well as replies from JV himself. This list is in no particular order and is in no way exhaustive.

I suspect that this story is a long way from over but chapeau to JV for the sentiments in the article. If you haven’t read it, you must. He makes a lot of sense.

Bridie for President

Pat McQuaid’s days are surely numbered, what with his bizarre behaviour throughout the Lance Armstrong case (among other things) and UCI Overlord started the #ResignMcQuaid campaign earlier in the week. I won’t put all of that up here right now, although I suspect if Pat McQuaid does lose his job (either by jumping or being pushed) I will revisit those tweets to put together some sort of timeline. However, one very interesting prospect came out of speculation as to who would take his place. A certain cycling wonder woman threw her hat into the ring – Miss Bridie O’Donnell:

I think we should start a double-barrelled hashtag: #ResignMcQuaid #ElectBridie. I’m voting for her! She’s ace! And this is what she might be wearing at the inauguration!

Sweeping up the stray tweets

Again, this week there were some random tweets that are just too good to leave out so here, in no special order, they are.

Dave Zabriskie loses out on the nomination for Republican vice-presidential candidate.

A sweet tribute to Wiggo.

Do you think Sporza was talking about Taylor?

We’ve discovered the secret to keep Jens Voigt from retiring. Put on more US races! He’ll be here for YEARS more if we play our cards right!

Not that he expects any sort of star treatment. This is almost the quote of the week.

But it was pipped at the post by this quote, which I thought was appropriate to use, considering the great Olympics we had and all the subjects we touched on in this week’s column. Words to remember.

Till next week, tweeties!

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