Bonjour! It is hard to believe that the last week of the Tour de France is already taking place as we speak. Those weeks fly by in no time. By now, the riders are suffering in the Alps, but luckily for them there are only a couple of days left now. And the second rest day did most of the riders good. It is like they are all fresh and new again.
Every day, the riders are sitting in the bus on their way to the start of another stage. It is up to the riders what they do in the bus to entertain themselves. Luke Rowe (SKY) has no problems with that, it turns out that he is an excellent fidget spinner.
On the second rest day the boys of Astana went for a ride together. But they also need to drink, so during the training they stopped for a cup of coffee.
It seems that the boys of Bora-Hansgrohe could not find a café or restaurant for a cup of coffee, so they stopped alongside the road to take a break during their training.
The riders from UAE Abu Dhabi did find a little café during their ride, but it seems that most riders here are taking a refreshing drink rather than a cup of coffee. Louis Meintjes seems to be the only one drinking coffee.
Now this is what I call sight-seeing! The boys of Cannondale – Drapac do not care about coffee at all on their rest day, they thought it would be nice to explore the small roads around their hotel. And look where it brought them. So pretty!
Still, after another rest day it was time for the last couple of stages. A few big mountains in the Alps were waiting for the riders. It was hard, but the smile on the face of Brice Feillu (FVC) says it all: the mountains are tough, but awesome.
Some say it was ‘the tweet of the week’. Some don’t even know if it was real or not. But the tweet of Luke Rowe about his teammate Gianni Moscon was the tweet that everyone talked about in the cycling world. After a crash in Gent-Wevelgem Moscon fell on his knees and when he looked up there was a mysterious woman standing there. This was all on television and Luke Rowe decided to make a still of it and post it on Twitter.
Hilarious, right? While thinking about it, you realise that there is so much fun in the peloton but that we pay less attention to this side of the riders. Most of the time it is all about preparation, time schedules, resting or eating. But over the years I have found some great, hilarious moments in the cycling world.
Last year in the Vuelta, Magnus Cort Nielsen fell asleep in the bus on the way to the start of the fifth stage. And Esteban Chaves noticed it and could not resist to take a photo of this moment. Isn’t he the cutest thing when he sleeps?
At Team Sky they also like to play with socks. And give them eyes. And make them talk. Well, at leat they did this in 2012 and Thomas Lövkvist was good at it.
In 2014 taking selfies was a great thing to do. Kevin Reza knew this and thought it was hilarious to take selfies with all of his teammates. We all know who has the biggest smile in all of these photos!
On a sunny day a couple of years ago Ramunas Navardauskas thought: “I’m just going to lay myself down in the grass, because it feels so comfortable. We like to call it ‘grass-hugging’.
So you end up on the podium in the Tour de France of 2014 and what do your teammates do? They just throw you into the water. Wet Thibaut Pinot…
He loves to take a challenge. Bram Tankink tries to eat a mega burger, but it seems that it does not fit in his mouth. Hilarious moment, though.
Ice cream!!! John Degenkolb loves it so much, that he doesn’t even has time to smile to the camera.
Hopefully we will see more hilarious moments in 2017.
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Tagged Bram Tankink, Cycling, Funny Moments, Gianni Moscon, John Degenkolb, Kevin Reza, Luke Rowe, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Ramunas Navardauskas, Team Sky, Thibaut Pinot, Thomas Lövkvist