We have tweets from Spain! We have tweets from, um, other places! We have cycling lookalikes! We have Taylor’s legs! We have a long-winded comparison of Freddie Mercury and Team Sky! We nearly had a naked Pippo (but I spared you that…) It’s Tweets of the Week!!!!
The spicy Vuelta!
So many stories. Here are just a few.
The Mighty John Degenkolb™ making a play for green all the way to Santiago. #GoGoGoGo
And with a team like this behind him, I wouldn’t bet against him!
I just thought this was a very sweet tweet from one of the most aggressive (in a good way – not a Bouhanni way) riders.
The heat was on. Remember in the final TT for the Tour and Bardet had what looked like a little ferret on the back of his neck? Well, Javier Moreno has opted for a jellyfish.
While Tony Martin, as usual, goes above and beyond …
Little Baby Blackbird tells Matt Stephens (no nickname – yet) that, yeah, he’s doing okay.
And this was Purito‘s reaction to that news.
Today’s TT threw up some surprises – but not this one.
Nairo Quintana – my pick for the Vuelta win – had a terrible day on the bike with an almighty crash. Never like to see a guy go out of contention for the podium like this.
Okay. Tell me this. Why oh why do they stuff those cotton plugs up their nose when they’re warming up/down for a TT? And how can I make it stop?
You must be crackers!
Mick and the boys on the Pharmer bus. It’s like he never left that airport lounge, isn’t it?
Chris Froome‘s caption made me laugh. Years ago, I read a memoir by an ex-lover of Freddie Mercury (there’s a point to this story, just stay with me). Anyway, in the book, he said something to the effect that the wildest party Freddie ever threw was … a hat party. Not a naked hat party – or a hat full of cocaine party – but just ‘wear a silly hat’ party. Oh how we laughed at the crazy hats people arrived in – Brian May in a Stetson!!! – before we made s’mores outside near the campfire. That’s just so wacky!
ANYWAY, you’re wondering what this has to do with cycling, Chris Froome and/or Sky, aren’t you? Well, it’s the ‘we’re so kooky, look! we stick out our tongues!’ aspect of it that made me think of that story.
But sure as shootin’, THESE guys are really up to something. And they’re wearing silly hats!
I’m beginning to think that the bus section of this column now makes no sense at all. But I’ve done the calculations and I must push on …
Tour of Britain is coming up and it features one of my favourite aspects.
Uh, no, not that one – but my, doesn’t he look ArgoSunGod-like? No, no my favourite aspect of the ToB is this: c’est fromage!
All unwanted cheese gratefully received at Casa Fondue!
You remind me of someone …
Three look-alikes this week. First up, Dave Brailsford’s younger brother. Am I right?
Dominik Nerz looking like that Lord of the Rings guy – Elijah Wood.
I am SOOO right about that, aren’t I!?!
But scariest of all – Dan Martin seems to have aged about 30 years in this race. Who does he look like?
I rest my case.
My favourite little Movistarlet, Andrey Amador kickin’ back on the rest day.
Tell me something. Why is Theo Bos watching speedskating in his full kit, including helmet. Why? (Maybe he’s off to a party later …)
This picture makes me nervous.
The Sacred Haunches™ bathed in celestial light.
Any Grand Tour is a good Grand Tour when Adam Hansen is riding it.
Kittel‘s hair is looking mighty fine these days.
Eddy‘s been poorly this past week. Here’s a picture from when he was king.
That Boy Phinney – as if I didn’t love him enough, I see this bit of film.
And speaking of Taylor, here’s the latest look at his legs.
The thought of that peanut butter meeting that beard … >cue skin crawling<
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