When the world is going to hell in a handbasket, what can you do? You can look for solace in sport for a few glorious moments before you have to face reality again. You have sanctuary here at Tweets of the Week. We have some racing, some dancing (Jagger style), a Wolfman and much more.
Oh to ride by the seaside
It was Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this past weekend and it was fantastic to see Annemiek van Vleuten take the honours. Fully recovered from her horrific crash at the Olympics, she’s certainly started the season with a swagger.
Here is the link to the feature mentioned in Jessi’s tweet below, if you want to read AvV’s thoughts on the past year are really rather beautiful.
It looked like everyone in Australia was out on the road this weekend, including Rochelle Gilmore and … who is that guy in the second picture? Why it’s Cadel himself!
Two things about this picture. No, three, three things about this picture. 1) I still think the Morse code malarkey on the Sky kit is bewildering and, at best, silly. 2) That isn’t Richie Porte. 3) Chaves’ hair looks like it’s about to take off like a rocket.
Just think if the Little Kangaroo had Conor Dunne (whose Twitter profile starts with ‘tallest cycling in the world’) as his windbreak for a race – match made in heaven, I reckon. Orica – sign that man! I’m unsure about that Aqua Blue kit though – it feels like the inverted V (or is it a chevron?) is too small or too high up or something. Not pleasing proportions.
Those Chaves facemasks really get around. I wonder if I ask Orica very nicely if they would send me a stack so I can paste them up around London.
Back to the race …here’s Cadel with the winner of the men’s race, Nikias Arndt. It looks like Cadel has really carved out a post-retirement niche for himself in Australian cycling and he looks so happy and relaxed. This retirement thing is looking better and better – now if only I had a pension so I could retire one day. >deep sigh<
And here is your 60 seconds of ocean racing …
This is how you get out of the way of your sprint train when your time is up on the front.
An interview with the Wolfman.
So this is where Jagger has been all winter … drinkin’ Pepsi and shakin’ his groove thing
Never need an excuse to post up some great photographs by Marshall Kappel. Make sure you have a look at his work on Rouleur’s online photography annual. These are just tasters to whet your appetite.
Phil Gaimon pulls in the crowds. I reckon he’s underestimated the crowd size. If you count carefully, you will find that it was a crowd of 2million. #Untrue #NotAFact
“Well, hello! Let me be your guide for a swanky evening of Swissness. I’ve had a spritz of cologne that makes me smell like a mountain forest. Tingly.”
Carrots are NOT down. They’re just scattered …
There aren’t many sports where this quote from Tom Boonen would sound reasonable.
Poor Alex Edmondson looks like he just went 10 rounds with [insert name of a current boxer]. Those bees pack a punch.
So glad to see this post. If you remember, Keagan suffered horrific injuries when he went through the windscreen of his team car last July. It’s quite simply a miracle he’s alive, let alone riding in the peloton again. #StaySafe
A parting gift …
Sometimes the only thing left is to look at pictures of baby goats in sweaters. Life can be beautiful and surprising. Let’s hold on to that!
header image: ©Marshall Kappel
One man had a smile as big as the sun, one had tears streaming down his face, the third just gritted his teeth. It was the Race of the Falling Leaves, the last Monument of the season and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) let Diego Rosa (Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) think it was between the two of them before he came screeching up the left hand side to take the Il Lombardia victory in a three-man sprint. A great finish for the little kangaroo’s great season. Continue reading