Tweets: Bernie+Cav, Wiggo’s underbelly and shredded Carrots

Oh, the Veloshire was not the happiest of places last week. It had its moments of brilliance – the turnout for the Tour of Britain, the renewal of the Bernie+Cav=Bromance vows – but it also had some surly Surrey citizens, snakes in bikes, an uncomfortable Worlds marriage and, most discouraging of all, a dream postponed.

Carrots down

So, it isn’t that easy to buy a cycling team, then, huh? Unfortunately, it was announced yesterday that Fernando Alonso was not able to do the deal to buy Euskaltel-Euskadi. If you missed it, here is The Guardian’s report. And below is Alonso’s official statement.

Alonso statementAlonso blogThis blog post by Al Hinds for SBS considers the ramifications of this – both for good and for bad (particularly bad for those riders and staff who find themselves scrambling around for contracts).

It seems harsh to the Carrots and all their fans to think they had a reprieve only to have the rug pulled out from under them. Let’s hope Alonso is able to put together a team for 2015.

Alonso reaction 1 Alonso angel

Tour of the Wetlands Britain

The Tour of Britain is not a WorldTour race but you’d think it was by the crowds at the roadside and the quality of the peloton that took to the wet and windy roads.

ToB weather reportToB slippery

The eventual victor, Sir Bradley Wiggins was no longer the skinnier than skinny Wiggo from last year. His weight gain wasn’t just pork scratchings and cakes. Noooo, it was planned in order to give him more oomph for the Worlds TT and perhaps the much-speculated Hour attempt that has been neither confirmed nor denied. But with more meat on his bones, it could have been a problem if he’d had to throw his Pinarello into the ditch at the TT this week – the lions would have seen him as just one big soft underbelly …

ToB Wiggo glumIs it just me or does Wiggo look like the original Tron? (the one on the right, if you’re wondering.) Just me? Really?

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ToB Cav safari park

The rain and the wind, however, did not deter the riders and some even had fun, like the ever-popular Jack Bauer.

ToB Bauere smileToB bauer wheelie

Oooph, this guy below doesn’t look like he’s having fun.

ToB Cav hill

But that might be because he wasn’t with Ladies’ Favourite™ Bernie Eisel. The bromance continued on UK roads last week! It was beautiful to see. Cav looks so much happier in the picture below, no?

ToB Bernie Cav 1 ToB Cav Bernie 2This one is for the ladies … Bernie unobstructed.

ToB Bernie

This middle tweet from Brian Holm – Most Dandy goes to David Millar? Really? For extravagant use of multiple nasal strips, perhaps.

ToB Cav pathetic

Regardless of dandies and storm clouds and safari parks, the Tour of Britain was a roaring success. (See what I did there! Gold, Jerry! Gold!)

ToB fans ToB Sky ToB Wiggo again ToB Cav Wiggo pic 1

But not all was well in the Veloshire. Many of the privileged people of Surrey did not like the road closures and general mayhem the Tour of Britain brought to their fair county and they struck up a petition. They didn’t get very far. (Full disclosure: I live in Surrey. I did not sign – nor was I asked to sign – the petition.)

Complain cyclist 4

But this does lead into an interesting article I saw in The Guardian the other day, about the war between motorists and cyclists. I’d love to hear what you think on this. Comments at the bottom, please!

Complain cyclist 3

In the meantime, let’s end this discussion with one of the nicest pictures I’ve seen this week. (What amazing teeth!). Caps not hats were definitely in order on the ToB sidelines.

ToB caps

The Gruppetto

You gotta love a guy who has a sense of humour. Densen Jensen speaks!

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And they called it puppy love.

G Quinziato hug

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if one day a team of riders just came out and did a time trial in chef’s hats and whatnot? I think it would be divine. (Those little walking records are gonna get run over. It will all end in tears.)

G TTT OPQS snoopdog

The BMC TTT camp with That Boy Phinney holding court.

G BMC pic

Speaking of That Boy Phinney, maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s the fact I live in Surrey, but I have no idea what this means.

G Phinney hair facebook

“My name is Sylvain Chavanel and my specialty subject is the Kuku Penthouse.”

G Chavanel mastermind

They have snakes in Surrey?

G Snake in my wheel

I love ice cream. Now I know why. “Fabs, give me two scoops of tutti frutti.” “Kitty, your restraining order is still in effect. Go away.”

G Fabs ice cream

It was only the aforementioned restraining order that deterred me from jumping on a plane to Florence to scour the city for the Lost Power Meter of the Sacred Haunches™.

G Fabs power metre 1

What was/is the big present? My mind boggles. One day … one day …

G Fabs power metre 2

Speaking of the Worlds (which we kind of were), this just in on the uneasy marriage of Wiggins and Froome in Florence. (Wiggo promised to the ride for Froome in the road race but, well, kind of intimated that he wouldn’t actually talk to him.)

G Wiggo v Froome

The Last Word

Oh, and the UCI presidency is up for grabs this week.

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