11 September 2017
The last Grand Tour of the year is over. Time to share some memorable photos of the last couple of days. Just to prove how great this year’s Vuelta has been.
Flying with a helicopter was a dream come true for these guys!
Chris Froome won the Vuelta, but his teammates are even more excited about it!
Six victories for the Quick Step Floors Cycling Team in this Vuelta. Celebrate!
And these guys were having fun on their own teambus after the last stage.
Alberto Contador is waving to his fans. Great ending of a great career.
Time for a nap now. Sweet dreams, Esteban Chaves!
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Tagged Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Cycling, Esteban Chaves, Ilnur Zakarin, Koen de Kort, Madrid, Matteo Trentin, Quick Step Floors Cycling Team, Sam Bewley, Team Sky, Trek - Segafredo, Vuelta, Vuelta a España, Wilco Kelderman
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
15 January 2017
The past two months were without professional cycling. Yes, there was track racing and cyclocross. Quite interesting to watch, but not as intense as a road race (in my opinion). So I am happy that in two days the Tour Down Under will start again. Although here in Europe the broadcasting is early in the morning, so I won’t be able to watch the race live. Still, the race is great to follow, not only because of the race itself, but also to figure out who is on which team now. There are so many new teams, new colours and changes that it is hard to get on track.
The good thing about cycling is that the cycling races actually never change. I know that the Tour of Qatar got cancelled, due to a lack of funding. But other than that the calendar looks pretty much the same. And I cannot say that I will miss the Tour of Qatar. Still, I am aware of the fact that a new cycling season is about to begin. I am starting to check out the profiles of the riders on Twitter and Instagram again. I can tell there is lots of training and lots of kangaroos. It feels good to know that we still have so much to watch this year. Bring it on, 2017!
The boys of Team Sky are training on Australian roads. Wonderful!
© Team Sky
Presentation of the BORA-hansgrohe team at the Tour Down Under. The hair of Peter Sagan has grown again. © BORA-hansgrohe
Enric Mas Nicolau and Petr Vakoc are holding a kangaroo. It is so cute!
© Quick Step Floors Cycling Team
And the first win goes to… Caleb Ewan. Winner of the People’s Choice Classic.
© Orica-Scott / Morne de Klerk
The Tour de France is done and dusted. Chris Froome is the winner of the Tour de France. That is just one story. There were 197 other stories in the Tour de France. We can’t hear them all, but through social media we see a little bit of the life of the riders in the Tour de France. So here is one more update.
John Degenkolb and Roy Curvers from Team Giant-Alpecin had plenty of time on the day of the second time trial. They had an early start and spent the rest of the afternoon in the swimming pool. That is one way to recover.
Bryan Coquard and Adrien Petit (DEN) were happy, because there was only one mountain stage to go. And after that there was the last day to Paris. But, lucky for them, there are no mountains in Paris.
Davide Cimolai from Lampre-Merida putting his numbers on his shirt for the last mountain stage. One of the rituals in the team bus every morning.
There are two different ways to do a warming up before a mountain stage. You can either climb on your bike like Michael Schär did, or you can just sit down and relax. That is exactly what Damiano Caruso did and I don’t blame him.
Yes, you can get your hair done in the Tour de France. There is a real barbershop where the riders can go before every stage. Ramunas Navardauskas (CPT) thought that it was a great idea to go there. Because you have to look good in the mountains.
See, no joke! Even Nelson Oliveira from Movistar went there. And doesn’t he look nice? With all the beards and long hair in the peloton these days, it was not a bad idea to open up a barbershop for the riders.
Still, there is no place like home. After three weeks of cycling around France most of the riders want to go home to their families and friends (vacation is number three on the list). This little fellow can’t wait to see his dad again. His dad? That guy on the podium wearing the yellow jersey. Indeed, Chris Froome.
Finally, a real teamselfie! These guys started the Tour de France with nine riders and they end it with nine riders. That is quite impressive. Team Fortuneo – Vital Concept goes home with no victory, but they sure had a good time.
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Tagged Barbershop, BMC Racing Team, Bryan Coquard, Chris Froome, Cycling, Damiano Caruso, Davide Cimolai, Fortuneo - Vital Concept, John Degenkolb, Lampre-Merida, Roy Curvers, Team Sky, Tour de France, Yellow Jersey
The Tour the France of 2016 in ten songs? It is a challenge, but these ten songs are in some kind of way related to the Tour of this year.
Remember the first stage? Three weeks before today, the race was on. Or in other words: “the boys were back in town”. [By: Thin Lizzy]
Let the sprinting begin. “Hey ho, let’s go!”, Mark Cavendish must have thought. He took four sprint stages in this year’s Tour de France. [By: The Ramones]
And then we went off to the mountains. Finally, some mountains! Really, we could not wait? It almost drove us crazy… [By: Britney Spears]
The first attack in the mountains came from Froome. Because he felt good. And if you are feeling good, well, you just have to attack. So good… [By: James Brown]
Rain? There was quite some rain in this Tour de France. Are you kidding me? There was more rain than ever. Some riders did not seem to be bothered though. Riders like Tom Dumoulin, for example. Let the rain just fall down. [By: Kane]
And suddenly there was a crash. Froome without a bike! Running to the finish. There’s only one song that fits that scene. [By: Kate Bush]
There are no words for what happened in Nice. There was a minute of silence for all people involved. A minute of complete silence. [By: Simon & Garfunkel]
And the boy became a man! Three stage wins and the green jersey for Tarzan, I mean, Peter Sagan. What a legend. [By: Phil Collins]
The French people thought it would never happen, but it did! Romain Bardet won a stage and becomes second in this year’s Tour de France. Here comes the sun after all. [By: The Beatles]
This man is the winner though. It is all yellow for Chris Froome. Again. For three years in a row now. [By: Coldplay]
Copyright photos: steephill.tv / Sirotti / Reuters /
ASO / Flockton / Tim De Waele
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Tagged Chris Froome, Cycling, Lyrics, Mark Cavendish, Mountains, Music, Nice, Peter Sagan, Rain, Romain Bardet, Running, Song, Songs, Team Sky, Tom Dumoulin, Tour, Tour de France
20 June 2016
In less than two weeks the Tour de France will start again. In the past few weeks we saw the candidates for the podium in Paris prepare themselves. Froome won the Criterium du Dauphiné, Contador showed his climbing skills there. Others, like van Garderen and Barguil, tested the legs in the Tour du Suisse. Yet one favorite was missing in both of these races. It was Nairo Quintana. Last week he came back to Europe. He spent several weeks at home in Colombia. He wasn’t sitting around doing nothing though, he trained on altitude. He made long days on his bike, with one thought on his mind: the Tour de France. It was a pity that we could not witness some heroic fights already with Froome in the Dauphiné. Quintana avoids his ‘enemies’ in the weeks before the biggest race of the year. He does not want to compete against them until it is really necessary. After all, why should the others know what he is already capable of?
Nairo Quintana started in La Route du Sud, a race in the south of France. An excellent test for his legs. He was one of the best in the mountain stages and showed that his time trial skills have improved. He won the overall classification. That must give him confidence for the upcoming Tour de France. Also, Alejandro Valverde has sworn that he will help Quintana in the Tour, rather than going for his own chances. That would be a big relief for Quintana, having to compete against the famous ‘train’ of Team Sky. Froome will enter the Tour de France with eight mountain riders. That is frightening, but the Movistar Team will also go to the Tour with some capable riders for the mountain stages. The riders that will have the privilege to join Quintana in the Tour, will move mountains for him if they have to. José Joaquín Rojas even said on Twitter that they were like a family. And we all know that to beat a family, you have to come from a long way.
© José Joaquín Rojas (@jjrojillas)
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Tagged Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Critérium du Dauphiné, Cycling, Family, José Joaquin Rojas, La Route du Sud, Movistar, Nairo Quintana, Team Sky, Tour de France, Tour de Suisse