Tweets of the Week: Sagan wins everything, Fabs has bedhead and Phinney is a himbo

It’s been a busy old week for our boys in the peloton – teams were finishing up their training camps, unveiling new kit, getting their team pics and packing up to go Down Under for a tour. Let’s start with a premiere.

Goodbye lime, hello lurid green

Cannondale has swapped Liquigas lime green to a lurid green. I say lurid in a loving way because even though I wasn’t impressed when I first saw it, I have changed my mind. The way they have subtly used the national champion’s colours has won them kudos around the Twittersphere as well. But first, let us remind ourselves of what we’ve lost …

Basso farewell Liquigas

Here is the new kit, the new name, the new bikes.

Cannondale ready

Sagan colours

Sagan all day pix

Sagan all day

We’re ready for our close-ups

But what do the boys look like in tuxedos, hobnobbing it on the red carpet? Funny you should ask.

Ted King in tux

Sagan hulk in tux

Lucky for this young lady, she wasn’t showing any cleavage and SuperSagan didn’t have a pen …

Sagan gets everything

But here is the team together and looking dapper. I do like the lurid green pocket kerchiefs. Nice touch.

Cannondale in tuxes

The God of Thunder doesn’t do smiling

Leave it to Hollywood Phinney to post up a picture of prepping for a picture. PhilGil looks amused, Thor most resolutely does not, there are some bored faces, a couple of guys clowning around … just like school pictures, isn’t it!

Phinney BMC team photo

I’m not sure why Mr Phinney is fixated on how Bieberesque he looks from week to week but I’m liking the nerd glasses on him. From the picture above and the picture below, we can safely say the boy ain’t vain!

Phinney Beiber yet?

Remember last year in May? #GiroLoveStory? Taylor seems to be looking for love again – but it kind of backfired on him when he went onto Snapchat.

Phinney snapshot username

Phinney snapshot username backfire

But as they say in Seinfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!” Our young hero has found happiness elsewhere, however.

Phinney little things

Dude! What happened to your hair?

Fabs bedhead

I would give a kidney to be able to see that sight every morning…

And speaking of hair …

There was a vicious rumour going around the Twittersphere AND the Daily Mail last week that Bradley Wiggins was going to record a song with a reformed Jam. As Weller and Wiggins pretty much have the exact same hairdo and they seem to be connected at the hip of late, it seemed plausible. Plus, you know, Paul hasn’t been up to much lately, this might have been a way to get in the charts again. But NO! There was a short sharp retort from Weller HQ.

Weller denial

Things that make you go oooooh!

Boy, Jakob Fuglsang really throws himself into his new team.

Fuglsang Kazak

Jose Been always changes her avatar according to the race that’s on … as you can see in the left hand corner, she’s being chased by a tiny flying kangaroo. So once she gets caught by the ‘roo, she turns into ET.

Tour de Jose as ET

Tour de Jose as ET 1

Jens just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich

Jens vegemite

Ah, getting through the airport … Jens seemed to be with Lotto-Belisol’s Marcel Sieberg when they were going through Aussie immigration.

Jens Marcel fidgetJens Marcel fidget 2

Jens Marcel Fidget 3

Jens Marcel fidget 4

Could you imagine that happening with UK or US immigration? No, I can’t either.

I wonder what Mark Renshaw is going to be doing in the TDU – hopefully not riding in the wind. I like that he made it a little story, though.

Renshaw wind

A tiny Terpstra

And we leave on a life-affirming note. Niki Terpstra is a father. Congratulations!

Terpstra daught

A method to my madness?

Did you notice I didn’t put one thing in about a certain Texan who has been getting a lot of attention of late? Well, I did that for a couple of reasons, one being there weren’t very many funny or even mildly amusing tweets about him, but the main reason is that I will be trawling through all the tweets during and after that interview to post up a special Tweets next weekend. And I think, quite frankly, that’s enough. [Amen to that – Ed.]

So until next time, tweeties, have a good one!

Rider profiles: Fabian Cancellara, Taylor Phinney and Joaquim Rodriguez

I love riders with a lion’s heart. I love riders who are willing to lose a race to win a race – who don’t play it safe, who take the race by the scruff of the neck and who leave everything out on the road. I love riders who are gracious both in victory and defeat. I love strong riders who can rip a race open and leave the peloton in their dust. That’s why I picked my three riders: Fabian Cancellara, Taylor Phinney and Joaquim Rodriguez. All three have that ferocious lion’s heart.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack)

Image courtesy of Danielle Haex

Image courtesy of Danielle Haex

Age: 31.

Nationality: Swiss.

Role: Classics rider, time trial specialist, superstar. [Ahem – Ed.]

2012 WorldTour ranking: 37th, 134 pts.

2012 highlights:

  • Won prologue at Tour de France and wore the maillot jaune until he lost it on Stage 7.
  • Won individual time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.
  • One-day Classics: won Strade Bianche, 2nd at Milan-San Remo.
  • Swiss national time trial champion.

Why I’m following him:

Anyone who knows me knows of my pure, blind devotion to Fabian Cancellara. But it’s not just his mighty haunches, cheeky good looks or tweets of Fabianese that I love. Most importantly, I love the way he rides. When it’s time for him to put the hammer down, there is no mercy. Unfortunately, sometimes this doesn’t work and he gets pipped at the post but no doubt he’s working on ways of nullifying that – he doesn’t rest on his laurels, he constantly seeks to improve. I can’t wait to see what this season brings for Spartacus. Last season was a shit year of #unluck for him (for the most part). I think that’ll bring him out of the start gate at full force this year. Hurrah!

Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Image courtesy of Danielle Haex

Image courtesy of Danielle Haex

Age: 22.

Nationality: American.

Role: Classics rider, time trial specialist, superstar. [Here we go again – Ed.]

2012 WorldTour ranking: 118th, 22 pts.

2012 highlights:

  • Won stage 1 individual time trial at Giro d’Italia and wore the maglia rosa for three stages.
  • Won team time trial at Giro del Trentino and wore the leader’s jersey for one stage.
  • Silver medallist in individual and team time trials at Road World Championships.

Why I’m following him:

I’m American but unlike seemingly everyone else in the world, I do not pick my sporting heroes because of their nationality. So Taylor’s being American is not really in the equation for me. But he does have a certain American exuberance that is infectious. He radiates positive energy, is fearlessly vocal about his stance on doping, has incredible focus and shows a healthy love of hard work. He’s a team player even though he’s clearly something special. A little ego – why not? – offset by a great sense of humour and an openness to engage with the sport and the fans. He’s the real deal and this year I believe he’ll be standing tall on a whole lot of podiums.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha – for now)

Image courtesy of Katusha

Image courtesy of Katusha

Age: 33.

Nationality: Spanish.

Role: GC contender, climber, almost a superstar. [Pass me that rope, the one with the noose – Ed.]

2012 WorldTour ranking: 1st, 692 pts.

2012 highlights:

  • 2nd overall and won two stages at the Giro d’Italia, 1st in points classification.
  • 3rd overall and won three stages at the Vuelta a Espana, 2nd in points and combination classifications.
  • 2nd overall and won two stages at Tour of the Basque Country.
  • One-day Classics: Won Fleche Wallonne and Il Lombardia.

Why I’m following him:

I love any stage with a climb in it – the steeper and more magnificent, the better. When I first started following cycling, I hardly realised that different riders did particular things, let alone that different climbers suited particular climbs. Purito is the kind of climber who wants the steepest incline so he can jump away and take the stage. As with Cancellara and Phinney, he rides with enormous heart and if he comes out the wrong side of tactics sometimes, he has a graciousness to him that is endearing. The only big question mark over his season is what team he’ll go to due to Katusha’s failure to secure a ProTour licence. Cannondale might be a good fit – Purito with Basso’s help and SuperSagan’s fireworks? Now that would be a team to watch!

Websites: Fabian CancellaraTaylor Phinney (not currently active), Joaquim Rodriguez

Twitter: @f_cancellara@taylorphinney, @PuritoRodriguez