It was a strange week in cycling – namely because one didn’t know what to expect at the start of each stage of the Tour de Romandie. But apparently, it’s like the Tour de France … [right, sure, yeah]. We also have a sneak preview of what the Worlds 2025 might look like with the Tour de Rwanda. And we collect the Giro startlists and team tweets as they talk all big and bad.
The weird world of #TDR2021
It was a VERY wet and difficult stage, just look at the photo. Everybody worked very hard for the win, right from the start but, unfortunately, it wasn't possible to close the late attack by Soler. Queen stage tomorrow, with lots of climbing!https://t.co/zz32FD2jlG
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) April 30, 2021
Kinda sums up today pic.twitter.com/HlRH1N4rTy
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) April 30, 2021
Another day of rain at the @TourDeRomandie, another day of dramatic racing with a GC change. Michael Woods rode himself into a narrow lead over Geraint Thomas
— peloton® (@pelotonmagazine) May 1, 2021
‘It’s not like I haven’t performed since I won the Tour,’ says Geraint Thomas, who reaffirms his form with Romandie win https://t.co/UA1G4J5oxM
— Cycling Weekly (@cyclingweekly) May 3, 2021
This must surely be the first time winning the Tour de Romandie (bless its heart) has been compared to winning the Tour de France. That must have been some long dry spell …
First win since @LeTour 2018 💪
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) May 3, 2021
When you jinx the weather @GeraintThomas86 🤦♂️☔️
Romandie was one of the most memorable races of the year so far. Go behind the scenes with us across the week in our latest Off-script.
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) May 3, 2021
Geraint Thomas being the absolute MVP of the weekend. pic.twitter.com/eFdgMXEgmY
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) May 2, 2021
Amy E White with the tuff love for Vivz
Challenging to stay awake most likely 🙃🤦♀️
Crikey!!! I feel for ya
That shizzz was boring af
— Amy E White (@AmyEWhite3) April 28, 2021
The mystery of Romandie – what’s with the handwritten numbers?
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) May 2, 2021
Received a blank red number for being the most aggressive rider, so my good DS did the best he could to write my number on it.
— Magnus Cort (@MagnusCort) May 3, 2021
The Tour of Rwanda
With the UCI championships to be played out on the continent of Africa in 2025, Rwanda has been mentioned as a possible host. With the racing going on this week, we might get a sneak preview of what might be in 2025.
Here we go!
Sunday will be the start of @tour_du_Rwanda – the UCI 2.1 sanctioned race will serve up over 16000 meters of altitude covering 913.3 kilometres across 8 stages.
— Sharon Jane Liau (@SharonjaneLiau) May 1, 2021
10 AM in Rwanda…
after an hour of training, James Piccoli is challenged by a local.
Omer Lahav is fan of the underdog, and supports him all the way!
— Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy (@TeamIsraelSUN) May 1, 2021
Want to feel old, the leader of the Tour du Rwanda was born in 2002, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of Colombian Santiago Umba in the next few years! https://t.co/3BbUWHH7zj
— spokeydokey (@spokedoke) May 3, 2021
JUST IN: Colombian rider Brayan Steven Sanchez Vergara wins Stage 1 of the Tour du #Rwanda.
— The New Times (Rwanda) (@NewTimesRwanda) May 2, 2021
Fantastic win for Alan Boileau 🇫🇷today in @tour_du_Rwanda stage 2. Looks like he soloed clear of an elite group of about 30 riders to nick it. Santiago Umba 🇨🇴 of Androni takes the overall lead. Only two Rwandans in that lead group, S. Mugisha and Byiza Uhiriwe 🇷🇼.#TdRwanda2021 https://t.co/U89yNv3BIk
— tom owen (@tomowencc) May 3, 2021
It’s official: it’s a wide open race this year and we’re hoping it will be right up to the penultimate day. The start lists are starting to come through … here’s what we know so far.
🚴♂Here are the promising young riders that will be battling each other for the Maglia Bianca at the 2021 #Giro d’Italia!💪Who do you think will be the favourite? ➡ Follow the live race on our site to find out who will win the best young rider's jersey! pic.twitter.com/Zk9ZKEmt2H
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 3, 2021
— Mikkel F. Honoré (@MikkelHonore) May 3, 2021
"I hope I can have clear run and a good go at fighting for the win." – @SimonYatess 🎙
— Team BikeExchange (@GreenEDGEteam) May 3, 2021
Especially for Luke
Hugh Carthy is hoping to hit the big time at the Giro d'Italia this year.
Whether he manages it or not, the Brit won't be letting success go to his head:
“I don’t get carried away going to local events and opening supermarkets, cutting ribbons."https://t.co/mXLEoaRzie
— VeloNews (@velonews) May 3, 2021
— Tom Pidcock (@Tompid) April 30, 2021
Especially for Midge
Some facts and figures about us & the @giroditalia 🇮🇹 ⤵️
▪️5 riders will debut on the Giro
▪️4 will start their first Grand Tour
▪️We have 8 warriors ready for battle 👊
👩🎨 Marie Pirard Illustration
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) May 3, 2021
Giro News: Dan Martin Leads Israel Startup Nation
Dan Martin leads Israel Startup Nation team in 2021 Giro d'Italia: “The Giro is a race of constant challenges: it throws something different at you every day". Stage winner Alex Dowsett also selected …https://t.co/cz1Eehmsqc pic.twitter.com/LZJYMnXjlO
— VeloUK Cycling Mag (@AussieLarry) May 3, 2021
— Sadhbh O'Shea (@SadhbhOS) May 3, 2021
GIRO NEWS: Marc Soler, who won a stage at the recent Tour de Romandie, leads Movistar's GC challenge in Giro d'Italia — Squad is Marc Soler, Matteo Jorgenson, Einer Rubio, Nelson Oliveira, Dario Cataldo, Albert Torres, Davide Villella and Antonio Pedrero. pic.twitter.com/hJBV0pphPW
— British Cycle Sport (@VeloUK) May 3, 2021
— Cycle Sport (@CycleSportMag) May 3, 2021
And one of the Village People.
— Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) April 30, 2021
When Peter was a pup
— Cycle Sport (@CycleSportMag) April 28, 2021
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— The Bike Project (@The_BikeProject) April 30, 2021
The last word
Do not go gentle
into that good night.
Rage, rage against
the dying of the light. pic.twitter.com/QOd51WECEb
— Mark Pahlow (@mcpheeceo) May 1, 2021