This week, our title is a bit of a misnomer, as there’s not that much Giro d’Italia this week, but boy, Tweets is still packed full of goodness! We have Mark Cavendish, imaginary jerseys, and a feisty gruppetto featuring Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, muppets, Lachlan Morton and an hour-long Quickstep Tour de France 2020 film. Sit back and enjoy
Is it really over?
With Mark Cavendish in the break at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, it felt like turning the clock back. But little did we know that Cav’s future is actually up in the air. Trying to negotiate another season with Bahrain-Merida doesn’t sound like it’s going so well – but this is not the way for a cycling legend to leave the sport. He should go out at the front of the peloton as they hit the Champs-Elysees next year.
I would say that people would be more inclined to believe that Brailsford has a heart if he made that Champs ride happen for Cav next July.
An excellent article by Sophie Smith for La Course en Tete. ‘The professional sports realm is markedly different to the real world, which is what athletes face when they call time on their careers, not as grey-haired men and women, but often as late 30-somethings with a lot of life still to live.’
Farewell to Serge Pauwels
Unlike Cavendish, it looks like Serge Pauwels has been able to plan for when he was finishing his cycling career. We wish him the best of everything in the futrue.
Imagine that jersey!
This is one of the best threads we’ve seen in a long time – I’ve picked out a few of my favourite imagined jerseys, but make sure you click through to see the whole lot! And follow stycle_design on Instagram
I have to say, I love these Milltag jerseys made from the original patterns of Underground seat covers.
Wout was not a happy Wout at the end of Gent-Wevelgem. He did not mince his words in the post-race interview.
Words of wisdom from the man who was almost always marked in the Spring Classics … ‘get used to it, kid’
The War of Words should not take away from the excitement of the Twittersphere for the winner of Gent-Wevelgem, the lovely Mads Pedersen. And I am quite taken with the phrase, ‘don’t let perfect be the enemy of euphoria!’ I’m going to use that in the next meeting at work that turns negative before ideas get a chance to blossom.
Both GW and the Giro were soaked on Sunday. No rider stayed dry on the Belgian and Italian roads.
For all the Sagan fans out there. This one’s for you.
Muppets must be included whenever possible.
I think the UCI have gone a bit crazy with their Giro fines.
This looks like some sort of 70s sci-fi film.
As Robert Plant would sing … ‘oooooh and it makes me wonder’
Alex Dowsett had company at the finish of the Giro stage 8. Is it a solo victory if a dog gets involved?
After Sunday’s soaking, I bet Manuele Boaro really needed yesterday’s rest day.
Lachlan‘s Gone Racing …
The full 15-minute film
A bit of film one-upmanship? This film comes in at just under an hour. Just pretend you’re on your commute home from work and watch it!
Here’s the full version