I know it’s not the official end of the season as we still have the Tour of Beijing. But let’s face it, it’s the end of the racing season. And what do we have? We have a wedding, a retirement, a world number one and a peloton that is demob happy! Continue reading
Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 12th August 2012.
Mark Cavendish decided to stick around at the Olympics and do some commentary on the track cycling. Looks like he enjoyed it.
And the king of the Velodrome? Chris Hoy of course – who actually might just get a new title in the New Year’s Honours!
I wonder if he’d be able to get into the Velodrome easier than Geraint Thomas? The gold medal-winning, world record-setting wunderkind found his entrance hampered by some overzealous security guards. They must not have recognised him without his Team GB skinsuit and helmet with radiation shield.
But he did get to ride in a gold car. Not sure about this myself.
Taylor Phinney had an interesting theory on why Team GB was doing so well at the Velodrome.
Jonathan Vaughters’ confession
Anyone who knows anything about cycling would probably not have been surprised that Jonathan Vaughters admitted doping in his career – not least because in the past few months he’s been dropping some pretty heavy hints on Twitter. JV’s op/ed piece was published in Sunday’s New York Times and it was one of the biggest stories on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions from the Twitterati, as well as replies from JV himself. This list is in no particular order and is in no way exhaustive.
I suspect that this story is a long way from over but chapeau to JV for the sentiments in the article. If you haven’t read it, you must. He makes a lot of sense.
Bridie for President
Pat McQuaid’s days are surely numbered, what with his bizarre behaviour throughout the Lance Armstrong case (among other things) and UCI Overlord started the #ResignMcQuaid campaign earlier in the week. I won’t put all of that up here right now, although I suspect if Pat McQuaid does lose his job (either by jumping or being pushed) I will revisit those tweets to put together some sort of timeline. However, one very interesting prospect came out of speculation as to who would take his place. A certain cycling wonder woman threw her hat into the ring – Miss Bridie O’Donnell:
I think we should start a double-barrelled hashtag: #ResignMcQuaid #ElectBridie. I’m voting for her! She’s ace! And this is what she might be wearing at the inauguration!
Sweeping up the stray tweets
Again, this week there were some random tweets that are just too good to leave out so here, in no special order, they are.
Dave Zabriskie loses out on the nomination for Republican vice-presidential candidate.
A sweet tribute to Wiggo.
Do you think Sporza was talking about Taylor?
We’ve discovered the secret to keep Jens Voigt from retiring. Put on more US races! He’ll be here for YEARS more if we play our cards right!
Not that he expects any sort of star treatment. This is almost the quote of the week.
But it was pipped at the post by this quote, which I thought was appropriate to use, considering the great Olympics we had and all the subjects we touched on in this week’s column. Words to remember.
Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 22nd July 2012.
It’s time for some champers on the Champs
If you’ve never been on the Champs-Elysees for the last stage of the Tour de France, you’re really missing out. And this year, it was especially rollicking, as thousands of British fans had crossed the Channel to cheer on the maillot jaune Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Here are some of the pictures, from both fans and riders, of the celebrations after the stage.
One of the highlights of the day is when the teams ride out after the stage to get their picture taken in front of the Arc deTriomphe. It’s an opportunity for the fans to get autographs and to see the guys giddy with excitement that, thank God, they made it through!
If you remember a few TofW back, Adam Hansen had a bet with Andre Greipel – and Greipel lost so he had to ride down the Champs in surfer shorts and flipflops. Personally, with no Cancellara in the offing, this was my favourite part of the whole day! That Andre Greipel … blimey, he’s got a fine chest … and Hansen isn’t too bad either!
A lot of riders have their kids with them on the bike – Cadel Evans had his lil man with him and the Tour champ himself is obviously getting his son used to riding on those Parisian cobbles.
But let’s take a step back… A key moment in Sunday’s stage was when the peloton honoured George Hincapie by having him lead them out as they came onto the Champs, showing their respect for his long and illustrious career and giving him a retirement moment to remember.
And just to plug our darling Panache’s handiwork, here is a fan picture from the Champs … and she’s wearing a SchleckChute teeshirt!
But the week wasn’t only about the Champs. They had some mountains to get over …
I hurt myself today … again
And then there’s adding insult to injury … sounds like he’d be better off staying on the Team Sky bus.
But it wasn’t all pain, there was some lightheartedness along the way …
What happens on the Tour … goes on Twitter
Seven lions and a frog makes for a winning team!
If only we had a picture of THIS tweet …
We don’t know if Dave Zabriskie’s invitation was taken up – if you know (or if it was you!), tweet us!!!
Back to the frog …
While we may have a new contestant for Australian Idol, if he has time …
A little joke for Jens …
And, as always, the guys make sure the fans are having a good time too.
Anyone who follows Melissa German knows that she adores The World’s Greatest Living German™, so imagine her excitement when she got to meet and talk to him during the rest day in Pau. Apparently, it was Frank Schleck‘s mum who took the picture. And this must have been about an hour before the news broke about Frank’s positive A sample …
Hansen-Henderson move over … it’s the Millar-Zabriskie show!
For quite a while now, no one has been able to get near the Hansen-Henderson show. Until now. David Millar and Dave Zabriskie were sharing a room during the Tour and @millarmind made a strong bid all week to take the Comedy Duo crown away the Lotto boys. He won this week, but will this become a rivalry to cherish?
So how did that turn out?
The dynamic duo were out and about before the stages, spreading their own kind of Garmin cheer.
To end this final Tour Tweets of the Week we have …
Jens eating his words
Well, that’s the Tour over for this year … there have been some memorable moments and memorable tweets! Next up, the Olympics and then the Vuelta so there’s more where that’s come from. Thanks to all the tweeties for giving me such great material over the last three weeks! Let’s keep that standard high (or low, depending on how you look at it)!