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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #18: ‘Wout the f**k?’

The 18th instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
14 Jun 2022

Hello and welcome back to my Extremely Online series! How are you? 

This week at Cyclist we've been looking back at the 1964 Tour de France: specifically Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor’s side-by-side battle on the Puy de Dôme. I remember it well.

We have plenty of new reviews too, from James Spender’s verdict on the Open Min.D California to Emma Cole’s opinion on the Liv Alacra SLR saddle.

But we might want to hurry up and skip to the funny bits because by the time you finish reading this, another rider has probably accidentally celebrated second place.

Wout the f**k?

The rule of the Extremely Online series is for something big to immediately happen the second I submit my latest article.

So cast your minds back to Stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphine.

It looked to be a straightforward win for Wout van Aert… until it wasn’t.

Groupama-FDJ’s David Gaudu surged ahead at the very last moment to win while Van Aert’s hands were up in the air celebrating.

Luckily, he was able to brush it off and move on.

Happens to the best of us. Even EF Education-EasyPost’s Alberto Bettiol at the Tour de Suisse yesterday.

Fortunately there isn’t a weekly series on Cyclist that would recap such moments for people to relive.

Coop, there it is

After their dancing exploits to keep warm and happy during a stopped stage last week, Team Coop-Hitec Products were once again lighting up the Women’s Tour.

They demonstrated their athletic ability off the bike during the pre-stage team presentation.

Just a few minutes before taking to the start line, they spelt out the word ‘Coop’ – I then saw them fist-bumping children from the local school who had been cheering riders on in the rain.

They’re a nice team.

Gin and tonic, hold the tonic

Following stage three’s 107km day out from Tewkesbury to Gloucester at the Women’s Tour, one thing was on the mind of Team Movistar’s Barbara Guarischi.

A woman after my own heart.

What’s better than this? Guys being dudes

I reference this vine a lot.

YouTube comments include ‘the reason this vine has become popular is hard to formulate.

'A good start would be to call the whole thing “awkward”: he is wearing a stereotypical dad outfit, he is facing the other direction and is made to turn around as he speaks, the flick of his hand is noncommittal, he is expressing something which many of us are familiar with but fail to articulate, namely, appreciation for a happy and organic moment: “What’s better than this? Just guys bein’ dudes.”

‘But awkward says too little, because it tends to emphasize the man’s failure without taking into account how endearing (or “cute”) he is and how much we sympathise with him.’

Or simply, ‘the peak of human literature.’

Anyway, cycling produced a couple of nice appreciation moments recently.

From Simon Pellaud missing Thomas De Gendt:

To Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard holding hands:

You love to see it.

Special shoutout: Weekly dog content

I love when people send me dog photos. It is the reason I live, the reason I breathe, the reason I get up out of bed in a morning. 

That’s a great dog right there. 

Everyone say thank you Human Powered Health.

See you next week!