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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #8: Flanders bumper edition

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

Robyn Davidson
5 Apr 2022

Have you recovered from the weekend? I certainly haven't, and I don't mean partying. Welcome back to another edition of my Extremely Online series! 

Cyclist had the brilliant Chris Auld at the Tour of Flanders providing us with a stunning gallery displaying all the drama of the latest De Ronde as I reflected on the beauty of learning how to lose

Emma Cole has been looking at CHPT3's newest collection. Inspired by Chanel, don't be surprised if you see cyclists living every day as if it's a runway. I know that's what I do. (I'm writing this in joggers.)

Meanwhile, Marc Abbott reviewed both the Santini Guard Nimbus Packable Rain Jacket and Basso Venta Disc 105

I spoke to Oliver Naesen before the Tour of Flanders and discovered his love of gardening, which conveniently leads us into an absolute Flanders bumper-edition of this Extremely Online series.

Tour of Flanders giving us absolute #content

Žigart Zingers

What started as a simple emoji-related-game-turned-nice-convo between Team BikeExchange-Jayco rider Urška Žigart and myself culminated into receiving a top-tier Pogačar reaction image.

The two-time Tour de France champion quote tweeted it after his 4th place in Ronde van Vlaanderen, looking towards the future at another upcoming Monument.

He then posted photos from a recon at the Trouée d’Arenberg the next day. Watch this space…

Can I pet that dawg?

Trek-Segafredo never fail to deliver banging content, recently evidenced from their The Simpsons opening credits inspired Tour of Flanders line-up reveal.

But we hit the jackpot this weekend as they combined cycling and dog content.

Smack bang in the middle of my Venn diagram of interests.

My long lost twin

Sometimes it's nice to be reminded professional cyclists smash a burger into their face after a ride too. 

In the Sporza studio, De Ronde winner Mathieu van der Poel was able to quickly devour a hamburger before his interview.

His Strava later revealed an average of 338W over six and a half hours(!) – I would've gone for a double cheeseburger at least. 

Troublesome twosome

Away from Flanders content now.

Way back at Dwars door Vlaanderen, a terrifying sight faced the world at the start line, documented by

Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogačar positioned themselves each with one foot unclipped and firmly on the ground.



But for this race or the later Ronde van Vlaanderen?

The mere sight of these two powerhouses looking ready to plot away at the beginning of a race can strike fear into the heart of the bravest of men.

Especially when you consider a) Mathieu van der Poel’s power levels (hello Via Santa Caterina) and b) Pogačar’s recent 50km solo break to victory at Strade Bianche.

Unfortunately, my overanalysing and overthinking of a potential duo dynamic did not come to fruition on that day, but Van der Poel did beat Tiesj Benoot for victory in a two-up sprint.

Say cheese!

Sharp rocks or a shard of glass are known to cause punctures. Now the peloton has to avoid a different kind of tyre-penetrating material.

World hour record destroyer Victor Campenaerts is no stranger to pulling immense power at the head of a group. The Belgian cuts a familiar figure, gritting his teeth and leaving bodies strewn in his wake.

It makes sense that while trying to follow the impressive power of Mathieu van der Poel at Dwars door Vlaanderen, he gritted his teeth a bit too hard, causing part of one to break off according to Lotto Soudal on Twitter.

A different kind of road furniture.

TDF Series Ep 01: Penis Napkins

Milan-San Remo winner. Multiple national road race champion. Penis napkin extraordinaire.

Viewers of the upcoming 2022 Tour de France Netflix series will no doubt be gripped by riveting storylines, breathtakingly stunning scenery and the in-depth breakdown of how to fold a napkin into a penis by Arnaud Démare.

I would honestly watch a full episode dedicated to such artistry.

Special shoutout: Giannis Antetokounmpo

If you've made it this far, congratulations! And if you also watch basketball, why didn't you tell me sooner?!

This week's special shoutout goes to the brilliant basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo

Not for his on-court abilities. But rather his skill in delivering Dad Joke Hall of Fame cycling-related jokes. 

Thank me later.

See you next week!