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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #5: From Pussay to Balsac, with love

The fifth instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
15 Mar 2022

Happy Tuesday! 

Milan-San Remo is creeping up on us faster than Filippo Ganna in a time trial skinsuit, but before we start looking forward, let’s look backwards like a weary breakaway to the peloton. 

Both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico have been and gone yet the memes remain. 

And boy, do I have a corker of a Extremely Online article to share today. 

Which jersey is the blue one?

Sometimes we vocalise thoughts that have clearly bypassed our brains. I just wish I had the excuse of racing Tirreno-Adriatico in the process.

Poor Jonas Vingegaard found himself memed online after his interview post-stage four.

He rode to second place on the stage, two seconds behind the dominant figure of Tadej Pogačar, and sixth overall on general classification after the day. But it wasn’t his impressive climbing ability that grabbed the attention. Rather his confusion over colours that stole the show.

When speaking to GCN at the finish in Bellante, the exhausted Vingegaard was told he was getting ‘closer and closer to the blue jersey’.

‘Which jersey is the blue one?’ he asked.

‘The leader’s jersey.’

‘Ah okay.’

Later in that same interview, he forgot Filippo Ganna’s name. 

Wout van Aert, who had been racing with Primož Roglič at Paris-Nice, sent a reminder for the Tour de France to his teammate Vingegaard on his Instagram stories.

Yellow means general classification, green means points classification. Thank you, teacher van Aert.

Not Jumbo-Visma’s biggest fan

While a lot of us were left amazed at Jumbo-Visma’s 1-2-3 on the opening stage at Paris-Nice, one man had seen enough.

The eagle-eyed folks at Lanterne Rouge posted about a man at the side of the road who seemed fed up with Jumbo-Visma’s antics.

In a mindset probably shared by the caught-out peloton behind, he waved his hand in exasperated fashion as the trio would stay away to take time on their competitors.

Christophe Laporte, Wout van Aert and Primož Roglič brought back the team time-trial in remarkable display on what should have been a ‘regular’ sprint day.

Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan and Maciej Bodnar at the Tour a few years ago spring to mind.

As the trio congratulated one another by patting each other’s backs towards the finish, it was Laporte who crossed the line first to take his maiden victory in Jumbo-Visma colours.

Upon reflection, has anyone checked to see if the man was Patrick Lefevere?

From Pussay to Balsac, with love

A day after the peloton passed through Pussay on stage two of Paris-Nice, they faced another delight on stage three from Vierzon to Dun-le-Palestel.

Someone (De Gendt) was clearly eager to get to Balsac, which sat 172km into the day, joining an early breakaway with EF Education-EasyPost’s Owain Doull and Alexis Gougeard of B&B Hotels-KTM.

Fortunately they didn’t experience any… hairy moments.

Memes, memes and more memes!

Just like Jumbo-Visma tore up the script on a regular sprint stage at Paris-Nice, there was no rest for the peloton at Tirreno-Adriatico on a regular sprint stage either.

Much to the dismay of Jacopo Guarnieri.

The Groupama-FDJ rider witnessed the likes of Tadej Pogačar, Julian Alaphilippe, Marc Soler and Tao Geoghehan Hart attack on the third day from Murlo to Terni.

Into the intermediate sprint in Amelia, Pogačar, Soler and Alaphilippe formed a gap that stuck.

Landa and Geoghehan Hart established themselves into a two-man break to attempt to catch the trio up ahead, with the latter eventually bridging.

They held half a minute at their peak, lasting for 14 kilometres out front until being caught by the sprinters teams – who had burned far more matches than they would’ve wanted – with 10 kilometres until Terni.

Groupama-FDJ might not have got the stage win, but they had Guarnieri tweeting memes. And at the end of the day, what’s the difference?

Bonus meme material for you:

Special shoutout: [Italian intensifies]

Given that the whole premise of this series is enjoying cyclists having fun, I was so happy to see riders share a joke at Paris-Nice.

The Ineos Grenadiers-led peloton began to reel in more of the breakaway with around 20km to go on stage seven.

Eventually QuickStep Alpha Vinyl’s Michael Mørkøv slipped from the front group, and shared a very Italian gesture to those behind him.

Mørkøv, Luke Rowe and Omar Fraile all cracked a smile as the Dane rejoined the peloton.

More of this please <3

See you next week!