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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #6: Newest madison pairing, phallic shapes and Poggio memes

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

Robyn Davidson
22 Mar 2022

It's been a busy old weekend hasn't it?

Chris Auld snapped some spectacular shots at Milan-San Remo and it was to be a Slovenian victory, but not Tadej Pogačar.

This came much to the relief of our digital editor Joe Robinson, who was still recovering from watching the massive West Ham beat Sevilla.

Elsewhere, fellow editorial assistant Emma Cole has been busy reviewing the Assos UMA GTV bib shorts – pricy yet with an innovative ‘Bisiclick’ feature.

But onwards to the Extremely Online content I have for you today.


Newest madison pairing 

You know my love of dogs at bike races by now.

Thank you to Hugo Hofstetter for being the latest cyclist included in this series for pet-related content.

Arkéa-Samsic’s rider was seen at Nokere Koerse last Wednesday multitasking to perfection, combining walking his dog with his ride to the start in Deinze and looking like the newest madison pairing on the scene.

The lil guy was seen kitted out in a red and white team jersey, running next to Hofstetter’s bike and posing for photographs as his owner was being interviewed by Sporza.

The dog was nowhere to be seen in the sprint won by Tim Merlier. Bit of a ruff day out there?

Explosive sprinting 

Usually, it’s Jamie Carragher circling a player on Sky Sports, highlighting the latest missed pass or player blunder while wisecracking at Gary Neville.

As a Liverpool fan, I enjoy it.

The draw-on-screen format has found a place at GCN too, producing some interesting images.

Dan Lloyd highlighted the impressive sprinting techniques of Phil Bauhaus on stage seven of Tirreno-Adriatico, the Bahrain Victorious rider penetrating gaps before launching his explosive sprint and coming first on the line for victory.

Unfortunately, that’s not what people took away from the graphic on social media. 

To attack on the Poggio or not to attack on the Poggio? That is the question

Sports teams have caught on to the concept within the last couple of years that memes = good engagement. Just look at Haas racking up almost 100k likes for Kevin Magnussen P5 content.

Ineos Grenadiers fired up Picsart for some magic last week before Milan-San Remo, as everyone knows the Poggio will produce fireworks not seen in the first 200 kilometres.

(Some of us will never learn and spend six hours glued to our screens from almost 300km out.)

As it happens, the ‘attack on the Poggio’ button was pressed by Tadej Pogačar, who repeatedly tried to distance his competitors, ultimately not creating a sizeable gap for a defendable advantage.

Instead it was Matej Mohorič who riders couldn’t follow. He served up a couple of heart-in-mouth moments on the descent and set social media alight with dropper post discourse that even the UCI found time to comment on.

And Dan Martin too.

Puncture problems

It’s nice to know that sometimes, only sometimes, professional cyclists are just like us.

Take Canyon-SRAM’s Ella Harris for example.

Back at Nokere Koerse just 10km into the women’s race, Harris stopped due to a rear wheel puncture.

Problem fixed, right? Well...

Special Shoutout: Lachlan Morton

I often spend this section continuing the tongue-in-cheek award-winning humour you see throughout the rest of the article, but I do want to get serious for a second.

Last week I covered the news that Lachlan Morton was riding 1,000km to raise money for Ukranian refugees.

On Monday, we got the news he had not only completed his goal – but raised $200,000 in the process. Far more than the initial $50,000 he had planned.

Morton said that he had been trying to work out how he could best help those fleeing from the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia. 

‘To be honest, the only thing I really know how to do is ride my bike.’

He documented his journey on Instagram stories, finding fellow cyclists joining his trip to spur him on with encouragement, and riding the final 400km through sub-zero temperatures on one hour of sleep.

You can continue to donate here

Congrats Lachlan – everyone at Cyclist is in awe of you.