Tour de France Tweets of the Week 2021: Stage stars, crash chaos and fervent fans

Trying to work through the thousands of great tweets from the first three stages of this year’s Tour de France has been like trying to sort bikes and bodies after the whole peloton goes down. I’ve done my best, picking up bits here and there to make a snapshot of the weekend, but they’re definitely not in chronological order. So just think of it as you’re the mechanic trying to make sense of the parts you have in front of you! Let’s get going!

Guys not crashing

Here we have a rundown of the guys who’ve made us smile.

A great shot by Gruber Imagesย in this TotW – Ashley and Jered have been taking amazing shots for years and this year is no exception. Stage and first yellow to Julian Alaphilippeย 

And it was the 100th win for the QuickStep team. (for more on this stage, go to my review here)

Dries Devenys must be LouLou’s roommate.

Mathieu van der Poel was one of the first riders to congratulate Alaphilippe on his win, although you see the disappointment in this still.

Stage 1 wasn’t an MvdPย day, but Stage 2 sure was

And the first one to congratulate MvdP on his first yellow jersey was Alaphilippe. #ClassActs (for more on this stage, go to Issie’s review!)

I’ve seen this interview at least 20 times and it still gets me.

A sure ray of sunshine in this Tour start is the spirit of Ide Schelling, who has well and truly targetted the polka dots. We’re all in for him here at VeloVoices Towers.

Stage 3 brought even more crashes, hitting some of the biggest names in the race, but it was also a great victory from Alpecin’s Tim Merlier. He has so far won a stage at the Giro and the Tour. Wonder if he’ll go for a hattrick in the Vuelta? (go here to see Luke’s thoughtful review of the stage)

Bromance alert

Primoz + Wout

David + Valentin (love the ‘un petit bobo’)

Stay Safe!!!! PLEASE

Trying not to show the crashes or the injuries, but we have some discussions, PhilGil’s voice of reason and some pleas from the fans.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a major flaw in Roglic’s logic (say that three times fast!)

Philippe Gilbert has been in the peloton for yonks – and this is an incredibly reasoned take on the crashes on Stage 3. When he hangs up his wheels, can we make him UCI President?

Behind the scenes

What happens around the riders and the stages – and what happens after the race is over – is always fascinating. Some great footage here

Fan art, road art and emoji reviews


#Tourdemygarden is ace


The last word

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