Tweets of the week: Taylor’s charms, Brad’s Tour and Marcel’s manflu

It was a rainy, crash-strewn Giro; a sunny, Brit-dominated Tour of California and another busy week swimming the Twitterstream. We have pink Bling, That Boy Phinney, jet lag, flu, instagrams a go-go and soooo much more. Let’s see what I fished out this week!

A Hollywood smile

It’s been a while since That Boy Phinney has featured heavily in our column – mainly because he wasn’t racing. But we heart him big time. So it seemed only right that the Tour of California would give us a platform from which to celebrate the charm of Taylor Phinney.

Cali Phinney glassesThese pictures are really quite joyous – blimey, even Bradley Wiggins looks happy! Jens probably thinks this is just a normal day at the Voigt household (he has 150 children…) And that little girl in the yellow shirt doesn’t look like she wants to let That Boy Phinney go. I don’t blame her!

Cali multiple hugsThe look on that little boy’s face is priceless. Note the girl in the yellow still hasn’t let go of Taylor.

Cali hugs phinneyMr Phinney reminded us all why we love him so much with a wonderful solo win on stage five of Cali. Yes, sir, you deserve to take a bow.

Cali Phinney stage bow Cali Phinney warmupAnd this is why we think he’s one of the most charming men in the peloton. This is how you interact with podium girls – I wonder if the Velvet Samurai is taking notes.

Cali Phinney roseSpeaking of Sagan

I just liked all these pictures. Nothing really to say about them. Just thought they were purdy …

Cali Sagan 1 Cali Green machine Cali Sagan win Cali Sagan Koren signingToday I ride …

This was a lovely touch to the race this week. The Santa Barbara stage featured a special walk for Breakaway from Cancer and the guys in the peloton were encouraged to ride in honour of someone in their lives who battled cancer. They put the names of these people on their dossards.

Cali Ride4 Phinney Cali Ride4 Velits Cali Ride4 Koen

And the winner is …

Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour of California, a race that he has been targetting this year. Is it good enough to get him into the Tour de France team? More on that in a minute. Here he is with a bearded Mark Cavendish who won the final sprint into Beverly Hills on Sunday. What *is* it with beards this year? Stop it. Just stop it.

Wiggins Cav California

The great Stick Men debate

We’ve been through this before, we’ll continue to go through it up to and including and possibly after the Tour de France. But the question is: will Bradley Wiggins be part of Sky’s Tour de France team and will he ride for Chris Froome? There’s a thing called ‘managing expectations’. Andy Murray does it with the tell that he has on the tennis court. If he starts rubbing his thigh and looking at his friends/coaches/supporters in the crowd, you can be sure he’s going to lose. Dave Brailsford manages expectations in other ways – like talking about jet lag being a possible obstacle to Wiggins’ TdF preparation and selection. Because California is actually on Mars. And why would he do that?

Wig v Froome 1Wig v Froome 2So we see here that no one is fooled with the ‘jet lag’ theory. Because we know that California is not on Mars and the Tour is a good month and a half away. Unless Wiggins flies back in a cat box in the cargo hold, chances are he’ll be alright. What Brailsford is really saying is (as Velocast so succinctly puts it) “Froome says no”. But you can’t say that out loud. Below is a much more serious (although not necessarily any more enlightening) conversation around the tensions in a Froome/Wiggins team.

Wig v Froome 3Wig v Froome 4

And of course, who can forget Wiggins’ “I’m targetting the Giro and won’t race the Tour. Oh! Hang on! I can do the Giro/Tour double” last year? I haven’t. Neither has Julien Pretot. And I’m fairly sure that neither has Chris Froome. And the beat goes on …

Wig v Froome 2nd TdFGiro nightmares

As if the Wiggins/Froome debate wasn’t enough, we also had a major debate around stage stx of the Giro d’Italia. There was a massive crash with almost everyone on the ground at some point. BMC and Orica-GreenEDGE, including the maglia rosa-wearing Michael Matthews and GC hopeful Cadel Evans, were at the front of the peloton and came away unscathed. They carried on, not waiting for the others to catch back up. It was also the base of the final climb, the race was already on and who knew what the riders knew or didn’t know about the carnage behind them.

Giro wait or not Giro wait or not 2The crash happened due to the pace being high as the rain started. On roads that aren’t used to rain so all the dirt and grease and oil and … crap makes the roads super-slick in a way that the Irish roads never were as it pretty much rains every day there. Sean Kelly knew what was about to happen.

Giro Crash mayhem

Giro Sean Kelly 2

Giro crash abandon 1 Giro crash geschkeNico Roche was one of the riders who lost out by being involved in the crash. Now, this odd tweet by Oleg Tinkov (okay, odder tweet). “It has been great day for me” – what happened, I wonder. (That said, Majka is sitting in third in the GC at the moment…)

Giro crash OlegThis doesn’t have anything to do with the crash but it does have to do with rain and gives me an excuse to put in a picture of the Ladies’ Favourite™, Bernie Eisel.

Giro Bernie giletFrom pink to green to red to pink

I wonder if that little inflatable maglia rosa is like the Queen’s Standard – it’s in the window of the bus if the maglia rosa is inside, just as the standard goes up on whatever castle the Queen is at.

Giro rosa on boardIn that case, OGE need to take it out of the window now because the maglia rosa changed shoulders the other day – from Bling …

Giro Bling pink thanks Giro goodbye Blingto Cuddles …

Giro Cadel pink 1 Giro Cadel pink 2 Giro Cadel pink interview Giro Cadel pink 5… and we even had a Lion King.

Giro Cipo againIs it just me or is Oleg scaring Cipollini! “Please let me go! I’ll do anything you want, just please let me go.” You can see the terror in his eyes.

G Terrifying Cipo OlegGiro round-up

Here’s some photographic flavour for you from the week just past.

Giro Colombians chat Giro Rodriguez selfie Giro Oss instagram Giro podium girl tattoo Giro Turano deWaele Giro EBH

Giro pic 1

Giro Chicchi help Giro Oss fight Giro tifosi rain

Paging Dr Fondue, paging Dr Fondue

ArgoGod Marcel Kittel had to drop out of the Giro this week due to fever. Apparently the vodka didn’t help.

G Kittel sick AHis use of hashtags also made temperatures rise. Marcel, please. Everyone knows that sick boys are pathetic, they’re not girlish. Man flu is named that for a reason. I think, however, Marcel got the message from Twitter fans.

G Kittel sick 1

G Kittel sick 2 G Kittel sick 3The Gruppetto

The most mystifying tweet of the week from the Lord of the Velodrome.

G Chris Hoy llamasWhereas Roland Orzabal – Tears for Fears! – is even getting into cycling.

G roland Orzabal skeletA Coppi coffee for Maff.

G Coppi coffeeI’m quite fond of this picture.

G Tweedrun picFor those of you not schooled in American politics, the man on the right is John Edwards, a US senator who ran for president a few times before it being discovered that he had a love child and he was indicted on felony charges for trying to keep that information out of the public arena. And now we’re wondering if he might have gone to Norway in the late 1980s …

G EBH dead ringerI like the way they all have their hand on the hip in a jaunty sort of way. “Hey baby, how you doin’?”

G pro figurinesAndre has some new wheels for the Tour.

G Greipel scooterSaturday was London’s Big Ride where much of central London was closed to traffic. I love this picture.

G Big Ride chalkI also love this picture because it looks like Brian Holm has gone back to the 1970s. And is seriously pissed off about it.

G Brian Holm The Last Word

Last word misery

2 thoughts on “Tweets of the week: Taylor’s charms, Brad’s Tour and Marcel’s manflu

  1. Marcel’s hashtag turned my stomach. I was one of his biggest fangirls. Now all I can say is: Go Nacer! Go ANYONE but marcel (l/c intentional). Actually Nacer Bouhanni is pretty cute and I like that he’s a badass, not a dumbass.

  2. It certainly wasn’t the most enlightened thing to say and a lot of people had that kind of reaction to it as you have. It hasn’t stopped me liking him but it was very bad form on his part. Glad you found a replacement though. 🙂

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