Back to the Twitter coalface after a week off and we have a joyous pony, KwiatKrush as a giant bee, #LandaUnbound, unbelievably cool podium hats, new teammates for Sagan and one last Vuelta for Baby Blackbird.
A teeny tiny little pony got loose and decided that he was going to try to get a contract … There’s something so joyous about this. And the jokes and puns that came from Twitter were fast and furious.
And here we have an old war horse, Mario Cippollini turned 50. He really needs to keep his shirt on, though.
Meanwhile, KwiatKrush has said no no no to riding in the Spanish sun for three weeks. But he did win Clasica San Sebastian.
WaWa’s Fortuneo and a broken bromance
It was a story of sharing hotel rooms, strange cuddly toys and loud jerseys. But now that Warren Barguil has signed to Fortuneo, what is to become of the greatest bromance since Cav and Bernie? Bling even made them his profile pic!!!! How can it be over?????
I’m wondering if Barguil really is cool enough for Brice Feillu, who has extended his own contract with the team. I’m unsure …
Bora goes full bore for next season!
The attacks will be even more intense – and long-distance, as Daniel Oss has signed for Bora. A smart signing and one that will almost certainly produce dividends in the Classics season for Sagan. Or maybe even Oss himself!
While the surprise signing of Peter Kennaugh to Bora left us all scratching our heads.
Meanwhile, Sagan has cut his hair (possibly realising that he can’t compete with Oss’s locks). In fact, he shaved his head, actually, leaving only a goatee. While I fully approve of the retirement of the creepy ‘the bodies are in my pick-up’ trucker look, he could have at least shortened it up to the lovely mane he had at the Worlds last year. Do we think the hair was the power?
Speaking of the Worlds, it’s shaping up to be a great one if KwiatKrush and the Velvet Samurai are both in it and strong. They have quite the rivalry going on at the moment.
Bye bye blackbird
It’s a day we knew would come – some are happy about it, some are sad – but after the Vuelta, Baby Blackbird flies away. We’ll do a bigger piece on this when he finally hangs up his wheels, but in the meantime, here is his announcement and a few of comments.
The Adriatico Trident really has nothing on what is happening on the podium for the Tour de Pologne!
Looks like you just need to get down to Sainsbury’s and you can offer Toms a fine contract!
I … um … what … how …?
” Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” says Adam Hansen in his best impersonation of Michael Corleone.
Bedhead waits for evacuation.
More photofinishes, this time in the Blink&YoullMissIt Tour, formerly known as Eneco.
Just had to put this in of Fabs.
And I’ve bought a wildly expensive ticket …
Jungels! BOB JUNGELS!
Larry looking FABULOUS!
Two future racers!
And now a picture round …
Anyone who hasn’t read this great article by Cillian Kelly should click the link NOW!