While Strade Bianche gave the riders a good dusting on Saturday, Paris-Nice‘s peloton is getting battered by the high winds. This week’s Tweets has given us a musketeer with a swashbuckling way of getting the cork out of the champagne bottle, flying cows, a leek in the maillot jaune, and much much more …
It was that pesky final kilometre
He was the favourite – and he delivered the goods on the final kilometre into Siena. Yes, Julian Alaphilippe won Strade on his debut to the race. Not too shabby!
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Very happy with my race today. Less happy with the 2nd place but at the same time I have no regrets. Gave it all for the victory but just couldn’t get rid of Alaphilippe before the finish and with his explosiveness he took the victory – congrats @alafpolak Strade Bianche is one of the most beautiful races of the year and I’ll for sure be back. Next up Tirreno-Adriatico
Once again, Wout Van Aert has won the admiration of cycling fans everywhere with his gritty, never-say-fall-back attitude, which put him on the third step of the podium for the second year running.
Diaries, handstands and dust everywhere.
LouLou certainly knows how to entertain …
The wind has put paid to a lot of this race already, with a number of DNFs in the first two stages, including Warren Barguil, who had a double fracture to his second cervical vertebrae (that’s the neck … !), Rigoberto Uran (out with a fractured collarbone), Michael Matthews (concussion), and Martijn Tusveld (fractured jaw … !) Mark Cavendish also abandoned the race on Monday. Who knows if the winds will continue to batter the peloton but, what with injuries and those echelons putting GC riders out of contention, the winner might just be the last one standing at the weekend!
Always a good day when Koen de Kort is in Tweets of the Week.
What the wind did prove is that Egan Bernal is not just a mountain man – he’s fearless when it comes to echelons. And Jumbo Visma are having a storming Paris-Nice with Dylan Groenewegen taking back-to-back sprints. He looks like he’s going to have a stellar season.
DQS shares out the wins (amongst their own riders, of course)
All the GIFs
Someone got a new house!
When Silvan Dillier bests you on Strava, it’s a bitter bitter day