It was another Wout Weekend in Italy, a Roglic wrecking ball in France and a Remco romp through Poland. We also have the best way to announce a transfer, Dauphine line-ups, Tour speculation (of course) and much much more.
A spring Monument at the height of summer, a revised parcours due to a skirmish with coastal towns who refused to host the race, a last minute change making the race weigh in at a record 305km, and each team allowed only six riders so that the organisers could invite a total of 27 teams to participate. But to use a well-worn French phrase, Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose, because, as is tradition, it was the final 30km when the race kicked off, the Cipressa and Poggio made the selections and at the finish line, it came down to half a wheel length between the champion – Wout Van Aert – and the former champion. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
We’re back racing (for how long is anyone’s guess) and Saturday was the beautiful Strade Bianche, which in its elegance can rip the guts out of the riders. It was #hothot, dustier than a dusty thing from Dusty Town and, as always, had those thrilling moments that brought us to the edge of our sofas, as we shouted Wout! Wout! And, just like that, after four months in lockdown, Tweets of the Week is BACK!