The first WorldTour race of the season is done and dusted and it was a rip-roarer. We say farewell to an Australian cycling legend at the Tour Down Under, we have the reactions to Pops‘s reaction to not being invited to the Tour of California in May and Mick Jagger seems to be on some sort of road trip. Plus: Sagan in a onesie, Fabs on the red carpet and That Boy Phinney with enormous hair.
BMC’s Rohan Dennis claimed the top step of the TDU podium by a mere two seconds over Sky’s Richie Porte. And in his last race in the WorldTour peloton, Cadel Evans took third. Competing to the end and supporting his teammate for the win, Evans finished up his racing career with real class.
Robbie McEwen was on hand last week to do some commentary on the TDU and by all accounts did a fine job! (Pssst, Eurosport? Please hire him.) However, as we all know, it’s easy for even the most down-to-earth of commentators to stray into hyperbole. Robbie was not immune to temptation. But at least he never forgot Cadel’s name.
The race is ruined!
And speaking of hyperbole – and hubris! – Chris Horner had a few choice words for the organisers of the Tour of California for not picking him and his team as a wildcard for May. Then he rode off on his huffy bike.
I don’t know what the promoters are thinking. They’ve obviously done harm to the race by not bringing me. You left the only current rider with a grand tour résumé who was going to show up, and I’m a past champion there.
Some of you agreed with him, some not so much.
So last January, February, March, maybe even into April, we saw tweets from Mick Jagger from airport lounges all over the world. This week, he seemed to take to the road, all the way from Colombia to Miami (okay, he flew to Miami but still) – and there was cake!
Look at that HAIR! On both of them!
And there was an interesting chat about Richie Porte possibly going to BMC next year. But who would Froomey get to be his energy gel gatherer after the feeding cut-off point? Seriously, nothing says ‘night of romance’ quite like a fleecy onesie, orange-toed socks and pool slides. Ned Boulting‘s reply to Sagan‘s tweet is wonderful. Meanwhile, back in the prehistoric 80s, Michele Acquarone had A-ha hair and Patsy Kensit leaning on his shoulder. Luca: still bearded. Looking lean and mean.
Just one little exchange about a certain cycling doctor.