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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #13: Unlucky for some, not for us

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

Robyn Davidson
10 May 2022

Unlucky for some. Fortunately, not for you dear readers, as we have a great edition this week.

The Giro d'Italia is underway and can you believe we've already had our first rest day? 

I wrote about Alfonsina Strada - the first and only woman to race the Grand Tour - as Will Strickson summarised the sprinting action so far

Mathieu van der Poel remains in the maglia rosa, but can any of these dark horses disrupt Simon Yates' or Egan Bernal's victory plans?

Today's stage four will see the peloton encounter their first mountain of the year in the form of the iconic Mount Etna

But before that, let's get into another edition of my Extremely Online series.

Pre-Giro Karaoke

If anyone in the QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Team is most likely to grab the microphone and belt out tunes after a few team bus beers, I reckon it's Mark Cavendish.

But what’s he about to start singing at the team presentation in Budapest?

'Islands in the Stream' (specifically the Bryn and Nessa version) or 'Total Eclipse of the Heart', into the ears of Michael Mørkøv?

Dan Martin: Cyclist-turned-comedian 

It’s a lesser-known fact that Dan Martin left professional cycling for a career in comedy.

I say lesser-known fact because I actually just made it up.

But whether it’s intentional or not, he’s quite the funny man on Twitter.

During the opening stage, the Irishman reminisced about the Giro d’Italia visiting Belfast, Armagh and Dublin in 2014.

But back then the team time trial (remember those days? Bring them back IMO) ended in a broken collarbone for Martin, who crashed out on the first day.

At least he can see the more humerus side.

Born for this

As someone who grew up with red hair and a fondness for anything pink, I had to double check this photo from Yorben Van Tichelt.

Mathieu van der Poel. In the challenge you were put to the test, and on the run into Visegrád you were simply the best.

Condragulations, you are the winner of the first maglia rosa. Is what I imagine RuPaul would say.

Bigger crossover than Infinity War

For those who don’t know, “Hide the Pain Harold” is a meme derived from a stock image of a man smiling.

I almost lost my mind seeing that the man himself, Hungarian András Arató, was at the start of the Giro d’Italia.

It’s a very niche crossover appreciation, but given the whole nature of this series, were you expecting anything else from me?

Double De Gendt, double the fun

Who needs the maglia rosa?

The De Gen-eral classification is the only one I’m interested in.

Aimé De Gendt is riding his first Giro d’Italia for Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux as Lotto Soudal’s man takes part in his sixth.

But who will finish on top in the race to Verona?

Special shoutout: The Giro admin <3

I don't know who's behind the Giro d'Italia account. But I do know I love them. 

So much so that I've dedicated my Twitter header to the race.

It’s not just a three-week race, but an online entity.

When you have a ‘faceless’ figure such as the Giro d’Italia account interacting amongst fans, journalists and riders online, it develops more character and becomes more entertaining.

Whoever is behind the account knows the importance of engaging and is able to do it in a way that feels authentic. Because at the end of the day, sometimes we just want fun tweets about Hide the Pain Harold and gif responses right?

If you're reading this, hello Giro d'Italia admin. See you in Treviso. 

That sounded so accidentally threatening... 

See you next week!