It was a busy week in cycling – we had race overlapping race overlapping race overlapping an Hour record. Hard to keep up – lucky we have the Twitterstream to dive into! This week, we have Kittel, Wiggins and the crowds at Tour de Yorkshire; Cav, Greipel and great photos from Tour of Turkey; lots of one-offs in the gruppetto and a special section for the irrepressible Ted King.
Crowds, crowds and more crowds. It was beautiful weather, a Bank Holiday, a strong field – why wouldn’t people be lining the streets?
AND the lovely Wei Yuet was on hand to document the race!
And speaking of Marcel Kittel aka The ArgoSunGod, the TdY was his first race back from a looooong while but unfortunately he was still not in racing form.
A few observations of the weekend.
Good to see that there’s some crazy dude with horns at this race.
So bets are being taken for Samu‘s post-retirement career. Owner of a chain of hair salons or the newest celebrity chef?
The second best attended race in the world. In the world? The conversation then takes a turn to the Hebrides.
Team Wiggins (I refuse to upper case the entire name) looking all big and bad. Except I cannot possibly take anyone seriously who wears a navy blue jersey with black bibs. I cannot stand navy blue and black together – it’s just plain wrong (or it might be a Fondue foible – but it’s still wrong).
Navy jersey, black bibs and WHITE socks? That can’t be right in anyone’s book.
I think they got this from the set of Heartbeat. Didn’t even have to change the paint job.
Another of our favourite photographers, Jon Baines, was at Tour of Turkey and had been posting up some fantastic pictures.
Pancakes for everyone
It was a sad day for so many fans when Ted King announced that this would be his last season. After his announcement, fans got in touch and, as always, Ted was as lovely and funny as ever with his responses.
Ain’t no frills in New England.
Ah, it’s that cheeky chappy look that flummoxes us.
Food has always played a big part in Ted’s career. And quite right.
This is brilliant – maple cookie portrait.
The musette of the maple syrup king.
Following on from Ted’s remark about the magician, here’s a little Valverde action. This first tweet made me snort with laughter on a crowded commuter train. Luckily, they’re all pretty used to that kind of thing from me.
And he has a magic wand … (that is not a euphemism).
Mick Jagger looking like a minion.
G is back in town.
Steele von Hoff posing for the new Vulpine lookbook.
I don’t think Pippo can go for more than three or four hours without taking off his top. Can you imagine what that’s going to look like when he’s 74…
…like Chris Horner?
Speaking of age … hmmm
Oh good Lord!
Photographer Camille Mcmillan raised a fair amount of money in about 36 hours to get his book into production, via Kickstarter. And this is one of his pictures that made a lot of people stump up some cash. It’s the Ladies Favourite.
Tears of joy from a certain Hour Record holder. Well done to Alex Dowsett.
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