The past weekend had a double-header of Alpine goodness with the finale of the Dauphine and the beginning of the Tour de Suisse. In both races we had some downright baaaaaaad ass riding – and we’ve got some baaaaaad ass tweets to tell the stories. We have Bedhead & Tibbles, Fabs & Sagz, Stevo & Tekla. And a decidedly non-baaaaad ass ride from a certain Mr Porte … errrr
Bedhead & Tibbles
In the penultimate stage of the Dauphine, it was that crazy French duo – Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot. It seemed reminiscent of that Tour de France stage when they were out ahead, then started faffing about after the flamme rouge – and the win was stolen by a certain British rider. But we’ll get to him in a minute.
Bedhead was riding for the yellow jersey – he needed the bonus points that the stage win would give him to make sure he got it. Tibbles was going for the stage win …
Bardet, however, did get a place on the podium with his Gallic breakaway.
Dan Martin attacked out of the yellow jersey group on the last day and swiped the podium out from under Richie Porte. Well, more like Porte got himself boxed in by barriers and former teammates and lost the podium.
Twitter went a bit crazy with both Porte and Sky (read Froome)’s performance on the final day. Porte just sat in Sky wheels, didn’t contribute to the pulling but then didn’t use all that saved energy to attack nearer the finish. And the conjecture that Froome boxed him in/ran into him/tipped over on him … Methinks Porte is going to have to have a bit more nous if he wants anything out of the Tour.
And speaking of Froome, his legs are so stick-like that it looks like he’s wearing his dad’s shoes.
The Iceman Cummings
That Tour de France stage that had Bedhead and Tibbles faffing about under the flamme rouge … he only went on a quixotic break all by himself on the final day of the Dauphine and bloody well stayed away! Yep, that would be Steve Cummings.
And his teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot won the Dauphine’s KOM jersey! Love this picture from Marshall Kappel.
And a very honest appraisal of the stage on Saturday.
Cowbells at the ready!
Crowd favourite and native son, Fabian Cancellara won Tour de Suisse’s prologue TT.
The Velvet Samurai is in black and looking happy to be in a race he absolutely owns.
One day in yellow and Fabs loses it by a second or two because there was a split between him and Jurgen Roelandts in the final metres. Surely, that mascot is adding insult to injury as Fabs manoeuvres his way to the team bus.
Here is a full view of the mascot.
But Fabs kept the points jersey – which is black. And Sagan, who was in black at the start of this section, is now in yellow because he’s been monstering this race.
Monday’s stage. Sagan goes for the win. Gets no help. Wins anyway.
‘Is that a giant wedge of cheese or are you just happy to see me?’
In the record books
Peter’s giant wedge of cheese has not held him back from setting a few records at this year’s TdS.
And flipping back to the Dauphine, Julian Alaphilippe might not have set a record but he did do something noteworthy.
As did Daniel Teklepolkdot.
How many stages will the rainbow find a pot of gold this year?
Little Baby Blackbird as a tiny sad elf.
Maybe he heard his team owner call him a toy.
More Marshall Kappel greatness.
Looks like Richie is one of the spokesmen for Speedo. Just stay in the pool, Richie, stay in the pool.
Although you wouldn’t know it from his never-changing race face, Nairo Quintana has a vibrant sense of humour (and isn’t afraid to use it)!
What you need to know …
Cav looking really lean.