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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #22: Rapping, whacking, consoling

The 22nd instalment in our new series recaps the weekly shenanigans in the peloton, showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
12 Jul 2022

It’s been a long ol’ week. What do you mean it’s only Tuesday?

The Tour de France has me out of it already.

We’ve spent the past week looking at the audacity of Wout van Aert, Tadej Pogačar on La Super Planche des Belles Filles, Wout van Aert again (!) and even Bob Jungels.

There’s also a refresher on if you need to clean your bike chain and driveset, and an update on the Cannondale Topstone Alloy.

But turn on the Benny Hill music for the latest edition in my Extremely Online series.

At least he’s good at cycling

‘It’s Tadej Pogačar all in. Giving everything. May the best win. It’s all about the ride. But it’s entertaining. On the pedals dancing. Now they’re screaming from the side. To see Pogačar sing!’

The lyrics aren’t exactly ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but Freddy Mercury never won two Tour de France titles while looking very much on his way to a third, that’s for sure.

Bas Tietma videoed the Slovenian as he rapped his way down some stairs which you can watch here. Pogačar wore some merch from his own brand and some sunnies to complete the look.

As someone with a rapper tattoo, I do appreciate this mixing of my interests. Maybe not the execution.

First the worst, second the best

Cast your minds back all the way to Stage 4 of the Tour de France.

Wout van Aert staged a daring last-minute breakaway in the bold yellow jersey. He won the day but Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Deceuninck didn’t realise, sprinting in the group behind and celebrating what was ultimately second place.

It took Van Aert’s teammate Christophe Laporte to point out the figure up ahead for Philipsen to realise his mistake.

He took it in his stride though…

… And other teams couldn’t wait to join in the fun.

Like Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert as birthday boy Alexander Kristoff finished 4th.

Jumbo-Visma, meet Benny Hill


Things couldn’t have gone worse for Jumbo-Visma on the next stage.

Wout van Aert had already hit the deck with Steven Kruijswijk and narrowly avoided crashing into the Team DSM car on his chase back.


Later in the day his teammates were strewn across the road in a frantic bike-swap attempt to stop the dramatic shedding of time.

A 5ft 7in Jonas Vingegaard was forced to stop riding twice after Kruijswijk’s bike was too big for him.

Primož Roglič suffered the worst on the day, crashing into a stray hale bale and then popping his own dislocated shoulder back in on the roadside.

Free hugs


If only we could all be comforted immediately after suffering something less than ideal.

Thibaut Pinot endured some Pinotesque bad luck on Stage 8 from Dole to Lausanne.

I tell you what, there’s nothing scarier than being in the middle of a field watching some baseball and getting an influx of notifications such as the following:

One kilometre after already crashing, Pinot was whacked in the face by a Trek soigneur handing out a musette for some lunch.

He stumbled off his bike, finding comfort in the arms of EF soigneur Metthew Beaudin.

Special shoutout: Romain Bardet and a consoling parent

Someone once said you should never meet your heroes, but that person failed to consider the existence of Romain Bardet. 

Before Stage 8, a young fan was waiting all morning for the Frenchman. 

He made his way out of the team bus for pictures, and after his dreams finally came true the boy then had to be consoled with a hug. 

This sport <3

See you next week!