The tweets have been so good these past couple weeks that I have brought the Tuesday that 2022 starts for this column forward by a month. Yes, we’re back and we’ve got fans and teams alike making the most of their twitter feed. We have Ineos, Jumbo, Wanty, Thomas De Gendt, Marianne Vos, Tadej Pogacar, Filippo Ganna (natch) and dogs in jerseys. Well, one dog in one jersey. And much much more!
Andrew Talansky (I can’t bring myself to bold his name) believes that if you don’t watch the news or go on Twitter, things don’t actually happen! Kind of like my brother when he was five years old thinking that if he closed his eyes really tight, no one would be able to see him. Talansky isn’t funny, but the reactions to his ridiculous tweet were very funny.
He is correct. I stayed of social media and haven’t read any news about Pogacar. If he isn’t real, he cannot hurt me.
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) January 21, 2022
Tadej Pogačar just added 'The Internet' to his palmarès
— Kit Nicholson (@kit_e_nicholson) January 21, 2022
I’ve deleted my work email from my phone. Assuming this means I don’t have to work anymore 🤷🏻♀️
— Michelle Lynn (@SheVenturesToo) January 21, 2022
Please stop me pic.twitter.com/i4ziUeUUGs
— Jacopo Guarnieri (@jacopoguarnieri) January 24, 2022
Almost … but not quite …
It's "almost" worth having Talansky on twitter for the amount of joy that @TamauPogi @robynjournalist and @DeGendtThomas have brought to my TL today 😁 pic.twitter.com/fO4dZKlCBU
— Andy Roo (@ViewFromEssex) January 21, 2022
Meanwhile, somewhere in Arkansas …
Sir ? SIR ? ARE. YOU. OK ? Are you lost ? #Fayetteville2022 pic.twitter.com/Pvh3d1mvUt
— Gina Ball (@GinaBally) January 30, 2022
If I had a pound coin for every time I saw a photo of the superman pose, I could retire. As I assume everyone has seen it about 100 billion times, I’ve decided to go with a couple other tweets …
The beginning of the end – photos from my last #cxworlds: https://t.co/aLVfYwNshe#Fayetteville2022 #cyclocross pic.twitter.com/73AoSD6ZaM
— cyclephotos (@cyclephotos) January 31, 2022
All the “running for the train” @Tompid #CXWorlds jokes are crowing out Wordle from my timeline.
— irv (@irvb) January 31, 2022
Tom wins, I walk an hour back to the hotel thinking about what just happened with a tear or two in my eye, walk in reception & my bag had just arrived. What a day. pic.twitter.com/82dlIzuqHb
— Simon Burney (@SimonBurney) January 30, 2022
Marianne Vos just keeps bringing excellence to everything she does. Yeah!
This should not go unnoticed in the wider world of sport. To become world champion 16 years apart is phenomenal. To do so in a sport as brutal as cycling, by a rider who also bosses and has been world champ in road and track is the stuff of legend. Shout the name, @marianne_vos https://t.co/B009u0DBqE
— Orla Chennaoui (@SportsOrla) January 30, 2022
Who's your favourite rider and why is it Marianne Vos? #Fayetteville2022🌈
— Will Newton (@InsidePeloton96) January 29, 2022
This is beautiful.
And, amazingly, inspiring children is something I’ve had the pleasure of discussing with Marianne Vos. https://t.co/qKv33KZsiH
— Owen Rogers (@OwenRogers) January 28, 2022
A new signing for Lotto …
We heard he takes a lot of points.
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) January 30, 2022
It’s Richie‘s last season, boys and girls.
I'm still working on this keeping fave athletes young forever thing.
What a lovely picture 🧡💙 https://t.co/jyV4M2p3PE
— Issie 💙 (@IssieAtch) January 29, 2022
Farewelled as the most winningest.
— Michael Richards 🏴 (@mykal1972) January 30, 2022
Cofidis was getting the love this weekend.
can’t believe i forgot to post the cofidis dog!! pic.twitter.com/MSjLmucaoQ
— sly 🏳️⚧️ (@veromussillon) January 31, 2022
Guillaume Martin had his moment in the golden sunshine on Sunday’s GP La Marseillaise (but he did not win the race)
Guillaume Martin and philosophy is the next Primoz Roglic and ski jumping #GPLM
— Issie 💙 (@IssieAtch) January 30, 2022
Although this started off as an EF film, this actually is much funnier.
▶️ Now playing: The Inspired Unemployed (Grenadiers Remix) 🕺
You'll hear us coming this season…🤣
Check out the original here: https://t.co/KPS7BJH5aC pic.twitter.com/nNOTAYSAfr
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) January 29, 2022
While this film shows Primoz Roglic‘s light-hearted side and the Academy Award-calibre acting from his teammates.
We wish @JumboVismaIce good luck at the Olympics!💪🏼
Here are 5 tips from our side😜#olympics #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/lCj1cimEJF
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) January 28, 2022
The flip chart obviously exhausted the poor man.
Forgotten Twitter gems pic.twitter.com/9xIhuPq1kj
— Lena (@reathina) January 24, 2022
But holy Mary, what is this that Astana dropped on us just 15 minutes before this goes live?
🎼 Astana Is My Team – Cycling Rap Music Video!
The path to big goals is best started by rallying together as united and motivated team!
Today we are setting the tone for the whole season, which, we are sure, will be successful!#AstanaQazaqstanTeam pic.twitter.com/B13l6JA4gr
— Astana Qazaqstan Team (@AstanaQazTeam) February 1, 2022
— Jeremy Whittle (@jeremycwhittle) February 1, 2022
There’s no way we could get through this column without some Ganna love
I need all the Pippo and ELB content.
I love this friendship 🇮🇹❤️ pic.twitter.com/7YAW6iZKbM
— Issie 💙 (@IssieAtch) January 28, 2022
There was a queue for the Victorian Fainting Couch at VeloVoices Towers when we found out Ganna was going to ride Roubaix this year. It’s … a dream come true!
Thoughts and prayers for the Roubaix cobbles 🙏🏼
— Issie 💙 (@IssieAtch) February 1, 2022
A handy chart of jerseys – the good, the bad, the ugly, according to biscuit-baking dynamo, Belinda!
I’ve ranked the blokes’ team jerseys based on my confidence in my ability to poorly ice them. If you’re going to be fussy, you’re going to the bottom. #PoorlyIcedBiscuits
Cheers @Prince_of_Stats for the template! pic.twitter.com/GfUcKZmCvt
— Belinda (@reallyspoketome) January 26, 2022
Oh, I say … saucy
The 2022 team picture I’d like used for EVERYTHING vs the one that’ll actually be used 😅 pic.twitter.com/ReedLViLlR
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) January 22, 2022
A blustery day
Happiness is …
road racing in the golden sunshine. GCN on a Sunday afternoon. I was giddy with glee.
Great to see road cycling again. And that gorgeous winter sun. ☝️
— David MacDonald (@sworkssl3) January 30, 2022
So how you enjoying your first race of the season? #GPLM pic.twitter.com/cDAXKB6hXU
— Anna Mac (@AnnamacB) January 30, 2022
Watching road cycling on the TV and it feels good. #GPLM
— Sadhbh O'Shea (@SadhbhOS) January 30, 2022
Wanty starts the season with a rocket of a sprint from Biniam Girmay
21-year old @GrmayeBiniam 🇪🇷 outsprinted some of the world best riders to conquer our first win of 2022
His full reaction ➡️ https://t.co/6UfxXaXQ44 pic.twitter.com/FxLtPDZfDM
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) January 27, 2022
Just incredible to start the season like this pic.twitter.com/kt2KpR6pud
— Biniam Girmay (@GrmayeBiniam) January 27, 2022
Happiness also is having two great commentators calling the race with humour and assurance. We were in very good hands on Sunday with Matt Stephens and José Been – more of this please, GCN/Eurosport!
Will be a good cycling year with your expert commentary… love ya from Vermont
— mdready (@mdready) January 30, 2022
Agreed and superb mix of fun and factual from both
— midge (@pariswheels) January 30, 2022
Now add Robbie McEwen to this year’s commentatory roster, PLEASE!
Totally agree, having @mcewenrobbie on the @gcntweet would add the top quality that is needed for some of the races! It would certainly be a few steps up.
— Sheila Richard (@SheilaRRichard) January 18, 2022
Just because this is funny.
Because today exists, let's share good shiz. This is quite brilliant 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/sBw54ptZQi
— Katy M (@writebikerepeat) January 31, 2022
I think I’m the only person on Twitter not involved in Wordle. But I can get on board with this sort of thing!
Not Worlde, just @TacovanderHoorn in the breakaway
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) January 28, 2022
Not Wordle, just a World Champ…#powerofthebike
— 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships (@CyclingWorlds) January 28, 2022
Not a wordle, just Oliver Naesen getting dropped on the Tiegemberg
— Cycling Memes (@Cycling_Memes1) January 28, 2022
not wordle just the orica bus stuck under the finish line at the tour de france
— Robyn (@robynjournalist) January 28, 2022
The last word
“Good is something you do, not something you talk about. Some medals are pinned to your soul, not to your jacket.” These few words aptly describe Gino Bartali’s greatness who helped hundreds of Jews, by transporting identity papers hidden in his bike.#GiornatadellaMemoria pic.twitter.com/i9W2aMUech
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) January 27, 2022