Giro Tweets of the Week: Dutch blush, Kittel capers, fans frenzy

As far as I’m concerned, the Giro has begun and summer is here. Don’t care about the weather, there’s nothing like a grand tour to lift your spirits. This year’s Giro started in the Netherlands and they went crazy for pink. Here is our first weekend’s tweets of all the fun and festivities.

Netherlands ablush!

No matter what you might think of grand tours starting outside the name country (and there are plenty of people who feel that there’s enough road space in Italy/France/Spain that the race doesn’t need to go elsewhere), the crowds really turn out for the riders! And the support the teams received all weekend long was stupendous!

Giro presentation 1

However, I’m really unsure about the interpretive dance segment of the presentation ceremony.

Giro presentation 2

Giro SA flags

The JumboBees and their baby bees …

Giro Jumbo mini me

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The excitement was a bit overwhelming.

Giro fans 5

While this guy is the personification of the word ‘nonchalant’

Giro fans pocket 1

Selfie smiles

As always, the riders took time before each stage to sign autographs and take pictures with fans of all ages.

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Giro fans 1

Mavis and SusanAnn – these ladies are *always* at the races. I’m so so jealous!

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Who do we have here?

Our favourite Movistarlet, Andrey Amador is (at the moment) sitting in THIRD on GC! Weeeehoooooo!

Giro Amador TT

Orica’s little kangaroo with the giant smile, Esteban Chaves, is looking forward to the mountain.

Giro Chaves kangaroo

In the shadow of the trident …

Giro Dede

The first blush of the Giro, Tom Dumoulin celebrates his maglia rosa with the team.

Giro Dumoulin champagne

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Giro Dumoulin thank you Giro Dumoulin pink sign

Jay, Gee, Zhee Whizz! As if we didn’t have enough problem pronouncing stuff on the podcast!

Giro FDJ pronunciation

All is right with the world as the mighty Adam Hansen is back for more …

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Mick Jagger, humming ‘Satisfaction’ softly to himself, gets ready to meet the fans.

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Kittel kisses

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Sacha Modolo never looks up.

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Is His Nibs making a statement about his competition, perhaps?

Giro Nibs

Rock god of the peloton – and already winning VeloVoices Hair of the Year award for 2016 – Daniel Oss.

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Always a good day when we see Manuel Quinziato

Giro Quinziato

I feel I’m being incredibly restrained in my use of Fabian photographs.

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Viviani – who does he remind you of?

Giro Viviani doppelganger

Our favourite plushie – Wolfie.

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A little less conversation …

A little more action, please. Stage 2 – it was a Kittel Sonic Boom!

Giro St2 Koen Kittel 1 Giro St2 surprise sprint

And another one on Stage 3.

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Caption competition – you could insert pretty much any other sprinter’s name in this and it still works. No one can touch Kittel at the moment.

Giro St3 Kittel sprint laugh

And it was wonderful to see Dutch rider Maartin Tjallinghii on the podium for KOM with his absolutely adorable children in front of his home crowd. In a post-race interview, he said he had ‘extra heartbeats’ because of the crowd. What a lovely way of putting it!

Giro St3 Tjallinghii poetic Giro St3 Tjallingi podium 1 Giro St3 Tjallingii podium 2

The last word


Last word Wouter

Header image: ©Getty Images/Bryn Lennon ; Tattoo on the arm of Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin

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