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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #7: How’s the head? Some complaints...

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

Robyn Davidson
29 Mar 2022

It only took seven editions of my Extremely Online series to fit a RuPaul’s Drag Race reference in as the headline.

Hello and welcome back to our Tuesday delights, recapping all the fun things that happened in the peloton this past week as I make obscure references no-one understands. 

At Cyclist, we've been busy preparing for the upcoming Tour of Flanders

Fellow editorial assistant Emma Cole has been reviewing all the best bib shorts for women, as tech editor Sam Challis looked at the rather special Campagnolo Ekar groupset.

I’ve been busy gathering the latest funny memes to show you, so let’s dive into the latest edition.

 

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

We have moments in life where we either quit or continue through sheer stubbornness.

For Cesare Benedetti, Mikel Bizkarra and Joe Dombrowski, that moment came on Stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya.

The road furniture seemed to be a particularly prevalent force during the early parts of this race.

Some sudden divides in the road were navigated by the peloton – or most of them, anyway – with a quick turn of the handlebars and a couple of gasps from commentary.

Unfortunately, Benedetti, Bizkarra and Dombrowski took the wrong line and ended up divided from the peloton, resulting in a three-man… sideways breakaway?

Their outing only lasted for a kilometre before they came to the sad realisation that there wouldn’t be an easy way back into the disappearing peloton.

The trio slowed before climbing over the divider and re-joining in the stream of team cars. Short, sweet and stubborn. Just like me.

We like to drink with Wout

The head on that is horrific. No, not Wout van Aert’s.

Jumbo-Visma dominated another cycling race because it was a day ending in a Y, Van Aert and Christophe Laporte again breaking away at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic just like they did at Paris-Nice.

The duo attacked on the leg sapping, max 20% gradient Paterberg and evaded the chasing group’s clutches for 42km, eventually celebrating together at the line.

It looked to be a close one, as shades of Richard Carapaz and teammate Michał Kwiatkowski at the Tour de France sprung to mind, but Van Aert was to be the man standing on the top step of the podium at the end of the day.

Anyway, back to the head on that. It’s like something out of Hot Fuzz, minus the death and police action and even moustache on Van Aert. So nothing like Hot Fuzz.

Nairo in Green!

Colombian riders evoke a strong love from fans wherever they go, Quintana being one name in a list containing the likes of Esteban Chaves and Egan Bernal.

Love translates from the roadside to social media in the shape of the Nairo in Green account.

They post great Nairo-related memes such as “QUINTANA ATTACK” and “Nairo top three, good result :D” (it sounds better when you look at it, I’m doing them a disservice).

At the Volta a Catalunya, Nairo raced his way into the green leader’s jersey after stage three.



Arkéa-Samsic took the opportunity to tweet a photo of Quintana in white and green.

They then coloured in the rest of the jersey for Nairo in Green, because The Brand is strong.

Special Shoutout: Biniam Girmay

What a legend. 

21-year-old Eritrean Biniam Girmay made history at Gent-Wevelgem on the weekend, sprinting to victory against Christophe Laporte, Dries Van Gestel and Jasper Stuyven.

He became the first Eritrean to win a World Tour race and the first African rider to win Gent-Wevelgem. 

You couldn’t find a more popular winner. Social media blew up in a frenzy of ecstatic tweets (many of them by me, sorry) celebrating such a welcome victory.

And that’s exactly why I watch and work in cycling. For beautiful moments such as these. 

See you next week!


Photo credits: GCN/Eurosport, Arkéa-Samsic, Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux