It’s been an amazing week of racing. A well-fought Paris-Nice, an astonishing Tirreno-Adriatico … what’s not to love? And of course we’ve been fishing in the Twitterstream to land the best stories of the week.
They’re vying for Neptune’s Trident and that can only mean some BADASS riding! At the time of writing, we have no idea who will win Tirreno-Adriatico, but we do know who the star has been.
It was LouLou v GVA in stage 2
Then it was LouLou v All The Sprinters in stage 6. Let’s all say it together … Milan-SanRemo …
I love the woman who shouts ‘LouLOU!!!!!’
QuickStep’s usual sprinter – Vivz – did win stage 3
Alexey Lutsenko has added to Astana’s astonishing start to the season by winning stage 4 after two crashes and an adrenaline-fuelled finish
Birdsong also got into the act. Out of the six stages (so far) in TA, QuickStep and Astana have won five of them. The only exception is the very first stage, where Mitchelton Scott took the TTT. Will Adam Yates hold his own against nearest rival Primoz Roglic in the final ITT for the team to top and tail the race?
You all know how much Midge loves her Danes …
He might not have taken a stage, but we can’t have a BADASS story without including Daniel Oss.
Sky make it six out of eight
It was Paris-Nice – and the Colombians made their presence known, taking the top and second step of the final podium.
And Team Sky win P-N six times with five different riders. Only Richie Porte has won it twice for Sky – hmmm, wonder what happened to him …
Michal Kwiatkowski seemed to really want this race but, as ever, he played the perfect teammate for Egan Bernal
But P-N was not without its own BADASS riding. There was some serious echelon action in the early stages of Paris-Nice – exciting absolutely everyone! Sky and QuickStep (natch) ruled the road when the wind blew.
And BADASS breakaway rider, Thomas De Gendt, earned Top Pox after some painful climbing.
The suspense while in the hot seat(s) for the TTT in Tirreno-Adriatico. Tony Martin definitely does not look happy. (I’d only just got used to Tony in the Katusha kit. Now I have to recalibrate again …)
The best thing about a hotel is slouching around in a fluffy robe. That and room service. Oh, and having a chocolate put on your pillow. Then there’s all the miniature bath products. I do love a good hotel.
Loving this cover!
And now a few words from our sponsors.
Shhhh, LouLou’s sleeping …
Poor Matti is encased in pulsating trousers
Sponsorship makes strange bedfellows, don’t you think?
The mystery that is Katusha
He might be quiet on the victory front, but Peter Sagan is always there for the fans. I still can’t quite get over seeing him a jersey other than the rainbows …
Dreams die hard for everyone …
Even the dreams of being supermodels
I love this picture.
The 2020 Tour de France is going to be one firecracker of a start!
Actually, not Hamlet, but a French detective taunting us with the evidence … ‘Vous pouvez avouer maintenant‘
A long-winded way to say, what’s with the orange?
A VeloVoices favourite … Larry on the Cote d’Azur