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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #11: A fine glass of Pinot

The 11th instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
26 Apr 2022

Happy Tuesday! What a week it’s been since I last saw you. We got emotional when, after over 1,000 days, Thibaut Pinot finally won once more.

He came heartbreakingly close the day prior, I wrote about it and his ability to never give up (naturally), and then he only went and crossed the line first on the final stage.

Is that victory partly mine? No. don’t be daft.

Elsewhere at Cyclist, we compiled the best bits and bobs from the Cycle Show.

Web editor Matthew Loveridge drew our attention to a ludicrously cheap titanium frameset, and I interviewed Bo Jackson, the only athlete to have ever been an All-Star in both American football and baseball, on his annual BoBikesBama rides.

 

As much as I would love to continue the baseball chat however, I’m aware you’re here for cycling.

Let’s get into it.

Your weekly dose of memes

Fleche Wallonne

As we get further into the season, memes are becoming more rampant in the online cycling world. Great for me, who is usually making them, and now you – regular readers of the Extremely Online series.

Our latest gem is courtesy of GCN Racing, who perfectly summed up riders’ feelings towards the ascent of the Mur de Huy at Fleche Wallonne with 60km until the finish.

However it did come at the expense of Benoît Cosnefroy. The AG2R rider had been told he won the Amstel Gold Race only for the jury to switch and declare Michał Kwiatkowski the eventual victor. Ouch.

Tour of the Alps

A day after heartbreak for the team at Tour of the Alps, Thibaut Pinot embodied everything we have come to know and love him for, trying once again despite finishing second the previous stage and… you know the rest.

He won, more memes followed, tears were shed.

David De La Cruz even tweeted his congratulations to Pinot after the race. The Astana rider finished just behind Pinot; the pair had endured a lengthy breakaway together in adverse weather conditions.

What’s better than this?

Tour of the Alps delivered some great content for us this year. But I’ll leave you with this gem:

That's nuts

Looks like we’re in for another puerile edition this week, huh?

It was unintentional.



Poor Larry Warbasse. You experience a… clearly interesting childhood, and then have men wincing around the world with this tweet after Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Can someone get him a hot water bottle?

Picture perfect

On the rare occasion I go for a ride, I make sure all the evidence remains to be documented before washing it off.

But you gotta look good for podium presentations, as Grace Brown found out at Liège.

After sprinting to second behind Annemiek van Vleuten's solo attack, Brown was prepped for the presentations like a child having their face fussed over by their parents for picture day.

Say cheese!

Special shoutout: Romain Bardet

Julian Alaphilippe was one of many who came down in the horrific crash during Liège-Bastogne-Liège. 

While others were being attended to or sat upright at the side of the road, Romain Bardet ventured down the ditch to check on Alaphilippe’s condition, later revealed to be two broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and a collapsed lung.

Bardet ignored his own race in the process to remain with his fellow countryman until help came. He realised Alaphilippe desperately needed medical attention and was partially obscured from those on the road because of where he fell. 

He's been widely praised online, and rightly so.

He tweeted, ‘I’m thinking of Julian [Alaphilippe], but also of all those heavily affected guys who had to see their lives flash by, when at more than 70km/h the whistle of the peloton gave way to chaos, the sound of exploding equipment and human cries that arise.

‘Beyond the direct consequences, it leads me to think about our common responsibilities to avoid this kind of accident which could have been tragic, to the respect that we must grant each other.’

The frightening incident reminds us of our humanity. I also hope people who witness such crashes, like those I spoke to after Fabio Jakobsen’s crash in Poland, get the help they need too. 

See you next week.


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