Saturday 22 September 2012 at 15h01

This week in the Tweets of the week, we'll have a look at the most interesting, funny, disturbing or original Tweets since August 19th.

These are thus somehow the Tweets of the month in which we'll have a look at the original video "Call me maybe" of the Orica-GreenEDGE team during the Vuelta a España, the varying result of the team time trial in this same race and the high temperatures in the Tour Poitou-Charentes. And let's not forget the original names of riders, the famous Tour of Hangzhou, speeding riders, attacks by Alberto Contador and the refusal of a new iPhone 5. And still, I haven't mentioned everything!


Call me maybe with Orica-GreenEDGE

On Twitter the video of the "lip-dub" of the Orica-GreenEDGE team during the Vuelta a España rapidly created a buzz. Not really surprising when you see the quality of the video and how far the team played the game, even in race and on the podium!

Discover it yourself in the video below:

Niki Terpstra's dream!

That same Vuelta a España, the Tour of Spain 2012, started with a team time trial in the streets of Pamplona and apparently the local time keeper had some difficulties because several hours after the last team crossed the line, the classification was modified ... The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for example was initially said to be 3rd but a few hours later they were finally told to be 2nd.

We have to note that with the Rabobank team, the Belgian team didn't give an easy task to the time keeper because they bothj ended at 10 seconds behind the winner, Movistar Team.

And just after midnight, Niki Terpstra could thus dream away saying that he was going to sleep quickly so he might discover a nice surprise the next day seeing that he and his team team finally took the first place!

Luckily for the organisor of the race and unfortunately for Niki, the 10 seconds which separated Omega Pharma-QuickStep from Movistar Team didn't fade away by magic and the next day the team was thus still second ...

High temperatures in the Tour Poitou-Charentes: a natural resource to add taste to your food?

In the Tour Poitou-Charentes we had the last part of this year's heat wave and in the first stages temperatures were thus quite high.

And when it's hot, people sweat a lot and have to drink a lot. If you ride a bike yourself, you most probably already once or more came back from a ride in the sun with white traces on your clothes or on the straps of your helmet. These white traces are the salt which remained once your sweat evaporated.

When he saw that, Jesse Sergent, winner of last year's Tour Poitou-Charentes, thus had the idea to take his shorts to dinner so his team mates could use the natural salt ... Do you think that, after the benefits of sea salt, the riders have discovered the benefits of body salt?!

Surprising French names!

Still in the Tour Poitou-Charentes, we saw a very good performance by Gaylord Cumont since this rider of the Véranda Rideau-Super U team won the King of the Mountains classification.

Alex Dowsett (Team Sky), who was present in last year's Tour Poitou-Charentes himself and won the last stage in Poitiers, also saw that but the British rider was probably more impressed by the name of this rider! So much that he even suggested Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) to create a fan club for him!


High quality service or child labour?

A new service of the airport of Düsseldorf? Probably not ... But that doesn't mean we think it's child labour either ...

The Tour of Hangzhou creates some buzz even when it's not organised!

It should have been a scandal when the creation of the race was announced, but the Tour of Hangzhou seems in fact to create more buzz now it was decided it won't take place this year than before ...

The race was highly criticised and since the cancellation was announced just after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which seemed to be highly appreciated by the riders who participated in it, ended, it was not surprising that Janez Brajkovic (Astana) already found a race which could take over the UCI WorldTour license!

Liz Hatch answers him saying she's not happy with the race disappearing since it was so beautiful and which such an history ... or not?!


In one of the tweets of Steven de Jongh, directeur sportif at Team Sky, I discovered I'm not the only one to try to get the unhappy smiley shown on the automatic signs on the road side! Of course these signs originally are there to warn car drivers that they're driving too fast, but it's quite funny anyway to get above the maximum speed and to see the unhappy smiley when you're riding your bike ...

However, we recently saw in Cagnes-sur-Mer that the police does speed controls in this city on a bike lane where the maximum speed was set at ... 10 kilometers an hour! And apparently it's not really a joke because the mayor confirmed that cyclists who go faster than this speed limit will get a fine. And that's a city which will receive the Tour de France 2013 in about ten months from now!

Contador agressive?

During the Vuelta, Chris Juul-Jensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) puts his finger on something related to the specific language we use in the cycling world saying that someone who doesn't know this sport could think that his team Alberto Contador is very agressive. Indeed, when a rider gets in front of the race, in (as far as I know) all languages we say that te rider attacks! Knowing how many times Alberto Contador attacked in this Tour of Spain to finally win this 3rd Grand Tour of the year, it's sure we only heard he was attacking!


Special transport for Gregory Rast

Other riders are not really able to attack anymore at the end of the Tour of Spain. That's why we saw Gregory Rast (Radioshack-Nissan) completely tired before the start of the stage, flat out in the team car with only his legs coming out ...

3 Grand Tours, a little bit too much?

Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)'s Tweet doesn't need much explanation when we know that he's one of the rare (if not the only one) riders who did all 3 Grand Tours (Tour of Italy, Tour de France and Tour of Spain) this year!

Brad Wiggins leaves the Tour of Britain: because of

As you probably know, early September I published the first version of my usual article about the rumours on the Tour de France 2013 race route. Most of the information in that article is currently being confirmed bit by bit but I did still have some gaps in the Pyrenees and the Alps. Some of these gaps were kept open while others were filled with information I had at that point.

Many readers thus saw a very light race route without much mountain stages, on one side because I only had information about one stage in the Pyrenees but also because they probably read too fast the information about the Alps ... When Brad Wiggins (Team Sky), winner of the Tour de France 2012 left the Tour of Britain with stomach problems, some people thought that was because he was so happy with the race route of the Tour de France 2013 he discovered on!! :-)

Let's boycott the new Phone!

While the Maps function of the iPhone currently creates quite some buzz since Apple put aside Google Maps in iOS6, Tomas Vaitkus (Orica-GreenEDGE) is worried by something completely different. Indeed, one of his friends reminded him that when the iPhone 3 arrived, the price of one liter essence was 3 litas, it became 4 litas when the iPhone 4 arrived and now it's 5 litas with the iPhone 5 being released. Conclusion: Apple can close its doors, no one will want an iPhone 6!


Difficult to follow Philippe Gilbert? No way!

For the first time since the start of the Tweets of the week one of my own Tweets will be part of it ... Dont't see this as a compliment for myself but just as another way to share this Tweet with you ...

Indeed, when Ben Swift (Team Sky) said, after the Belgian rider's stage victory in the Tour of Spain, that it's not funny to follow Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), I couldn't stop myself from answering ...

door Thomas Vergouwen
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There are 2 comments!
  1. Nu Philippe Gilbert wereldkampioen is geworden zal hij nog wel veel meer volgers krijgen-;)

    | Tonn Vergouwen | Sunday 23 September 2012 om 18h36

  2. Well done Philippe Gilbert, a truly great World champion. You join a long list of deserving Belgian World champions.

    | curleyman | Sunday 23 September 2012 om 20h17

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