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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #20: Running Up That Hill

The 20th instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
28 Jun 2022

THE TOUR DE FRANCE BEGINS THIS WEEK.

Just in case you a) didn’t realise or b) have not been following my daily countdown.

Will Strickson has compiled everything you need to know about the upcoming Grand Tour, as well as a handy guide on how to watch and live stream the Tour de France.

But that’s not all.

Because THE GIRO DONNE ALSO BEGINS THIS WEEK. Isn’t life good? Don't miss my full guide to the women's Giro D'Italia.

I wrote about the route to live coverage, prize money and teams involved. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of the race this year compared to others as the race returns to the World Tour.

Much like Kate Bush has turned back time with the hit 'Running Up That Hill' returning to the music charts, Lisa Brennauer has turned back time to Chris Froome on Ventoux in 2016.

How? Let me tell you…

Running Up That Hill

Take it in, the most HD image to grace the internet.

Not even a crash before the final corner could deter Lisa Brennauer from retaining her German ITT Championship title.

After 27 kilometres, Brennauer said she was ‘not thinking, just reacting’ as she hit the deck after a gutter in the street.

Despite running with her bike to the finish, she still finished first by 14 seconds.

Iconic.

If it works…

I think prizes should be awarded for the most unique flamme rouge marking the final kilometre.

If they were, this one from the Dutch National Championships would certainly be up there.

969m later and Pascal Eenkhoorn of Jumbo-Visma crossed the line first ahead of Trek-Segafredo’s Daan Hoole.

I'm still trying to remember all these new national champions. 

Out of Co(rdon-Ragot)ntext

Photo: Lauren Brun - In Yellow

One national champion I won’t struggle to remember is Audrey Cordon-Ragot.

The superstar claimed victory in both the French road race and time trial. Because she’s just that damn good.

While sharing the podium with Le Col-Wahoo's Gladys Verhulst and Noémie Abgrall of Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime after the road race, she made sure to celebrate. 

Battle of the De Gendt's: Season 2

I'm so glad they renewed the series for a second season. 

First we had the De Gen-eral Classification at the Giro d'Italia, won by Thomas De Gendt, and now the Belgian Champions Time Trial. 



Look away to avoid spoilers...

Season 2 went to Aimé De Gendt, finishing ahead of his rival. 

Remco Evenepoel of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl would go on to win his first elite men's time trial title after finishing in second place to Yves Lampaert last year.

More enthralling than Game of Thrones

That's probably setting the bar a bit low. 

Special shoutout: This tweet

I have nothing else to add (that isn't profanity-laden). It's perfect. 

See you next week!