The first full week of Giro2022 and it was eventful! For me, the two big stories were Juan Pedro Lopez and Biniam Girmay. We also have stunning Gruber Insta galleries, RookieRacingRecap, Tom Dumoulin being playful, Cav thanking his Hungarian fans and much more. Tweets of the Week is in the pink!
Gruber Galleries Rule
Ashley and Jered Gruber have been getting such amazing shots. Great shots of the riders, but what I really love about their work is that they put them in the context of the race – the fans, the scenery, those little details of extreme beauty. Make sure you click through to see the full galleries
And a GT TofW can not miss out on #RookieRacingRecap. Belinda, we LOVE you!
— Belinda (@reallyspoketome) May 14, 2022
And the brilliant MrsFrog and her dolls of delight – follow her! Now!
Stage 8 Napoli to Napoli (Procida Capitale Italiana della Cultura) – Another happy 4th place. Let's here it for the Wingman #girodellebambole #couchpeloton #sbscycling #Giro pic.twitter.com/GxWuwNjEhK
— MrsFrog (@musettedutour) May 17, 2022
Give me Girmay any day
It was what we were waiting for. Bini Girmay had been in the sprint mix from Day One of the Giro and we knew he was going to get the win … and that happened on Tuesday’s Stage 10. This is how much it means
— Eritrea cycling fan🇪🇷 (@Eri_Cycling_fan) May 18, 2022
Bini showing Pogi today how to beat Mathieu in a sprint. Start from far, don't let him do his short monstrous acceleration. MVDP cracked. It was one hell of a 2-man sprint, one of the best I've ever seen. #Giro
— Mihai Simion (@faustocoppi60) May 17, 2022
The cycling gods, however, were just setting us up. The Prosecco cork hit Bini in the eye as he bent down to pick up the bottle and he had to go to hospital as soon as he left the podium. That cork has a lot to answer for – Bini is out of the Giro now, but luckily the injury doesn’t look long-term. We’ll see you at the Tour, Bini!
DNS (Cork) I can't believe it https://t.co/mCZHpzK57e
— Nairo Quintana Fanclub (@NairoInGreen) May 18, 2022
Pretty in pink
Juan Pedro Lopez has been stealing hearts this Giro. He’s definitely got mine.
— Luca Guercilena (@l_guercilena) May 10, 2022
Lopez wears his heart on his sleeve – he sounds so gutted that he lost control during the stage and let his anger come out. And all the emotion of that terrific fight to keep pink on Blockhaus.
I know many of you have heard about @juanpelopez97 for the first time at this Giro. I know him well and It says a lot about Juanpe when the first thing he does is apologise publicly to @SamOomen visibly emotional #Giro pic.twitter.com/Ttnj8xhAiq
— Laura Meseguer (@Laura_Meseguer) May 15, 2022
Trek-Segafredo’s social team : the best.
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) May 15, 2022
Air was cleared, Big Tam gets playful …
— Katy M, Giro Edition (@writebikerepeat) May 17, 2022
🇪🇸 The Spanish rider is also increasingly beloved by Italian fans given his simplicity, the speed with which he is learning the language and – as of yesterday – even his heartfelt tribute to Michele Scarponi ❤️ https://t.co/GC5Y5kpYGW pic.twitter.com/PgYEUqYLyt
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 18, 2022
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) May 18, 2022
While we’re on the subject of high emotion, this tribute to Michele Scarponi was incredibly touching.
Frankie was in a cage to see the Giro go past but was released once the noisy caravan had gone past and flew off to someone's garden nearby pic.twitter.com/zAbS9cYU6Z
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) May 17, 2022
Mighty Mighty Blockhaus
Blockhaus definitely sounds like a place you’d be taken to in 1984 where they put the helmet full of rats on your head. By the looks of some of the riders on the climb, I think they might have preferred the rat hat.
🏆 JAI HINDLEY WINS THE BLOCKHAUS STAGE! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/yBxHwE7ppM
— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) May 15, 2022
From barely putting in his jacket on the stelvio to winning a stage on blockhaus
— janina (@jeanine______) May 15, 2022
— Team DSM (@TeamDSM) May 15, 2022
Watching Bardet thrive at DSM makes me wonder how much AG2R were squandering his talents.
— Journal Velo (@JournalVelo) May 15, 2022
— Mihai Simion (@faustocoppi60) May 15, 2022
Just a few bits and pieces that caught my eye …
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 17, 2022
— Alpecin-Fenix Cycling Team (@AlpecinFenix) May 15, 2022
I have to get that teeshirt
Love Robbie McEwen's shirt: "but what if it goes right" pic.twitter.com/g2TbLtPndr
— Dan Deakins (@DanDeakins) May 15, 2022
— Robbie McEwen AM (@mcewenrobbie) May 15, 2022
A horse named Vior – and why not?
Bardiani-CSF's Filippo Zana in the breakaway likes riding bikes… and horses. As he told @ciclismoliquido podcast the other day it's his big interest outside of cycling and he's got his own horse called Vior
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) May 15, 2022
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) May 17, 2022
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The last word
Be not afraid
— William Shakespeare (@Wwm_Shakespeare) May 14, 2022