Tweets of the Week: #BALA100, Omloop fever and love in the air

The peloton has been very vowel orientated in their racing this past week – Andalucian Ruta del Sol, Volta ao Algarve and Tour of Oman – and we have the tweets to prove it. Big news of the week was the #Bala100 (sounds like what they would race in Breaking Away), a Schleck wedding, Belgium starts putting out Classics decorations and our gruppetto is filled with the joys and hard graft of cycling.

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Alejandro Valverde took his 100th career win at the Ruta del Sol. Love him or hate him, it’s a pretty impressive stat.

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Spanish sports site Marca put together a gallery from his first win to his most recent – have a look here.

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When Valverde was a pup …

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A brief rundown of his wins:

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And this is just one of the reasons he’s been so successful. I think we can safely say he had that attitude through all the (ahem) ups and downs in his career.

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Love is in the air

We all get a kiss from the Mighty Degs™

It was Andy Schleck‘s wedding day on the 18th – we hope it was a wonderful day.

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Sadly, His Nibs gets his attentions spurned …

The Classics are coming!

You have to love Belgian fans – they go all out in their devotion to their favourite riders and their favourite races. Here, Sep Formica fans have been out and about, proclaiming their love through caricature.

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Oh and while we’re on the subject of Belgian races, Omloop is Saturday (hurrah!!!!!). It will be bittersweet as it is this man’s last Omloop … Let’s hope Tom ends his career in a Classics blaze of glory.

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The Gruppetto

Riding, come rain or shine

This was actually the calm before the storm… ⛈☔️ @kingblem went AWOL with our jackets

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The perils of getting older  – this time for Ian Boswell.

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Nothin’ but love for this picture. Maybe it’s a French thing, riding with your tongue out, a la Voeckler.

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I’m hoping Sylvain Chavanel will show us feats of derring-do in the Classics. That way I can say his name a lot during our podcasts.

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When you’ve given it your all …

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tony Martin finish an ITT without throwing himself to the ground. And wow, does that white skinsuit gets more and more transparent with effort.

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What happens when the roads are kinda crap and you run into a patch of wet in the Oman. They all fall down …

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Almost looks like a little fox tail coming out of the Oss helmet

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Always worth another read.

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Let’s check in with the Maple Syrup King, Ted … he’s still riding, still blogging, still having adventures. Yeah baby!

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And finally …

Header image: Andy Schleck and Jil Delvaux; photo Serge Waldbillig

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