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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #12: 'Van der Poel, it’s called motoracing'

The 12th instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
3 May 2022

Hello! How are you? I can't hear your response, but I'll act as if you said you were good. 

We're gearing up to the Giro d'Italia here at Cyclist, for which I'm SO EXCITED if you couldn't tell.

In important cycling news, according to RCS Sports' CEO Paolo Bellini, a women's Milan-San Remo could be on the calendar in 2023. I'm really interested to see how this develops.

There's a whole argument for having individual women's races instead of tacking them onto another men's race, and then there are discussions to be had on course length, coverage, and whether we continue to call the men's race 'Milan-San Remo' while being forced to stick 'Donne' on the end of the women's to differentiate.

Elsewhere, Emma Cole has been examining the science behind plant-based diets for cyclists while Joe Robinson reviewed the Officine Mattio OM1 S.

But now on to some Extremely Online content, my friends. It's an F1-inspired edition this week... 

Support team goals

Lewis Hamilton once described Valtteri Bottas as the greatest teammate he’s ever had.

Granted, this was probably more to do with sacrificing his own chance at victories for the team and not handing out bidons while Hamilton speeds past at 200mph, but still.

Bottas’ support was on display at the Belgian Waffle Ride California at the weekend.

Tiffany Cromwell’s partner was seen waiting for her at the finish, cold drinks on hand, and ensuring her bike was looked after.

But before that the Finn displayed his sense of humour on Instagram, suggesting he was misdirecting Cromwell's competitors.


'Van der Poel, it's called motoracing'

On the subject of F1, Mathieu van der Poel and Michael Gogl were spotted on Strava by Twitter account Cycling out of context, recreating the famous Michael Masi vs. Toto Wolff controversy in which Masi delivered one of the coldest lines of his career: 'Toto, it's called a motor race. Okay?'

Gogl ended up stealing Van der Poel’s KOM en route, and the pair uploaded their files under the names ‘No Michael no, this is so not right! You took my KOM’ and, ‘It’s called motoracing.’

Was this scripted beef for the forthcoming Tour de France docuseries, produced by the same people as F1’s Drive to Survive? Surely not.

GCN's Giro roster

GCN released its own team line-up for the Giro d’Italia, comprising stage winners, pink jersey holders and commentators that have been to the race. So far I'm 0-for-3 on that count.

Adam Blythe, frequently seen on the red sofa in a snazzy shirt, responded to GCN presenter Daniel Lloyd after his claims of Blythe’s DNF.

But as usual, Daniel proved he was very much like me:

Presented without comment...

Special shoutout: Team social media managers

Teams have been getting creative with their roster reveals for upcoming races.

None more so than Trek-Segafredo, who announced their Giro d’Italia squad through a selection of artworks in a museum hall.

Lotto Soudal mocked up their own front page of the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The squad reveal came under headlines such as ‘Lotto Soudal aims for sprint success with Caleb Ewan’ and ‘Thomas De Gendt: from breakaway king to breakaway killer.’

I don’t know how they manage to outdo themselves each time, but I’m certain those behind it deserve a raise. Or a retweet.

See you next week!

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