Tweets of the Week 2020 : Italian flavour, Froome rumours, freedom rides

Here we are again, my friends. If we were in a non-lockdown world, we would be enjoying the Giro d’Italia right now. However, May might be Giro-less but Tweets of the Week is full of Italian flavour. We also have anonymous Froome family members taking Ineos to task, freedom rides and retired sweatpants

Think pink

Pizza night at His Nibs house

I can only imagine what Nibs would think of LouLou’s spaghetti pizza.

The tall tales of Super Mario

Possibly the best Giro stage in the history of the race.

I’m astounded by this piece of Giro history.

Freedom wheels

Anyone who’s been on a bike knows that cycling brings a delicious feeling of freedom. When you’re on the road after 50 days of lockdown? Independence Day

Well done to Mads and Trek bikes for making Franky’s day!

Alessandro De Marchi is in his own private breakaway

Even rainy days are great days

More tractor fun with Yves

Is that you, Kellan?

Egan Bernal, when asked about being on a TdF team with 14 leaders*, said that he’s returning champion and if he was at 100% and the Tour goes ahead this year, he’s going to defend it with everything he’s got. Wisely, he realises that the cycling fans might be saying he has 10* Tour championships in him, but you can only win them one at a time. [*slight exaggeration]

That reasoning did not seem to sit well with Chris Froome and Ineos didn’t clarify his leadership role, said ‘an anonymous family member’, and that is why Froome was shopping around for a mid-season transfer. [Four year olds can pick up the phone and dial Cycling Weekly, can’t they?]

You have to wonder what teams actually have the €5m that Froome would ask for – in the frame (as of writing) are Movistar, Bahrain-McLaren, a mysterious new British team for 2021 (no help to him for this year) and Israeli Start-up Nation. That’s also assuming Ineos is letting him out of his contract.

It would be just Landa‘s luck if Bahrain took Froome on.

Israel Start-Up Nation was pranked at the start of all these rumours and denied them vigorously, except now it seems they are interested.

JJ Rojas would welcome Froome into the Movistar team with open arms. I’d be more interested in what Marc Soler and Alejandro Valverde have to say about it.

Movistar slapping down the JJ Rojas tweet – ‘ain’t gonna happen’ was the essence of their statement.

Simple answer: no

The Gruppetto

The obligatory instagram of Thibaut Pinot loving life on the farm

Looking back with LouLou

I think sweatpants are best left unframed … and carefully disposed of …

This is true. If you want regular people to ride bikes, show regular people riding bikes. Make it look achievable.

The last word 

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