Ah, the dog days of August – everyone seems to be on holiday or riding in the rain. Those who have been swimming in the Twitterstream over the past two weeks include Adam Blythe, Geraint Thomas, Jens and a lot of gruppetto boys. Let’s jump in.
Four seasons in one day
Sunday’s Ride London was a wash-out success. The sportive riders rode pretty much in the rain the whole time, while the pro peloton went from sun to rain to downpour to sun in a matter of minutes, over and over again.
But it was PhilGil’s ex-teammate, Adam Blythe, who came through in the end – muddied but victorious. Sky’s Ben Swift was second so it was a Yorkshire one-two on the podium. It was rounded out by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe of OPQS.
Podium – okay. I don’t mean to be churlish, but really, doesn’t this podium look a bit unceremonious? Just stuck out in the middle of the road. Okay, the road *is* The Mall with Buckingham Palace waaaaaaaay down there, but still.
In the Commonwealth
I’ve always loved Geraint Thomas – I think he really is a huge talent, so it was great to see him win gold in the men’s road race during the Commonwealth Games. And guess what! It rained. Let’s hope this win propels G into a leadership role in the Classics next season for Sky. He deserves it.
The cookies are almost gone
Jens is about to hang up his wheels. But not before he takes another spin around the American West, where he is so incredibly popular.
So not only is there shirtless ironing by Zdenek Stybar, but he almost had to do some naked riding.
Maybe Fabs was piloting the plane and just wanted to give Z a scare? #KingClass
And animals with bikes.
And That Boy Phinney as a still freakishly tall but decidedly un-gawky young man. Here with Lucas Euser who, if you remember, stayed with Taylor when he had his horrific accident earlier this year.
Mick Jagger getting ready for his next tour – later this month, Spain! Dressed up dog alert!!!! Where on earth did #CostaCrush get such a teeny tiny little jersey for his dog? Remember when I said that Adam Blythe looked like a biplane pilot? Rasmus Quaade is his co-pilot.
While Ryder Hesjedal just looks old-fashioned in his plaid shorts and knee sock combo. Obviously about to play a few rounds in Boca Raton while his bike is getting seen to.
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