Coming out of hibernation this week, our first Tweets of the Week for 2021 is all about Tom Dumoulin. His decision to take a step back from cycling, the reaction of fans and teammates to the announcement, then a section to celebrate the powerhouse, from his Argonaut days to maximum Jumboness, including possibly the most seductively shot video about time trialling ever made.
Marcel Kittel burst onto the pro scene in 2011 with Skil-Shimano and blazed his way to victory and into fans’ hearts everywhere. His struggles over the past two seasons have been apparent and although he parted earlier this year with Katusha to take a break and consider his future, it still came as a huge surprise when he announced his retirement from pro cycling in August, at the age of 31. Kittel’s pro career might have been relatively short, but hot damn, it was a blaze of glory. Here is our A to Z of the ArgoSunGod.
I’ve been dragging my heels over writing this, most probably because I’m still in denial about the end of the season. But with the Saitama Criterium done and dusted, I have to face up to reality. Our #youngdudes Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb), Owain Doull (Sky), and Trek Segafredo’s Ruben Guerreiro had a busy end to their successful first seasons as pros before heading off for well-earned breaks. So let’s look at their final few races of a packed debut season where they all distinguished themselves. Continue reading