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Not Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #15: Pin-up Pogi, Almeida memes and French heartbreak

Will Strickson
24 May 2022

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

Welcome back to the Extremely Online series. This week Robyn has selfishly decided that actually going to the Giro is more important than screenshotting tweets about it. The cheek.

So, in her absence, you'll have to bear with me as I attempt to do the impossible and round up the past week’s content.

This week on Cyclist, we’ve had Chris Auld’s gallery from the Giulio Ciccone show on Sunday, while I put together our third rest day recap just in case anyone forgot that sprint stage last week. No, not that one. The other one. No, the other one.

More importantly, we shared Maria David’s Q&A with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig about her early season struggles and the huge months ahead in both the men’s and women’s Tours de France.

And even more importantly, Ellen van Dijk absolutely smashed the Hour Record yesterday.

Let’s round up, shall we?

True bromance

You don’t become a true sporting superstar until you've done some GQ-style modelling. Tadej Pogačar is a bona fide superstar, and no, there isn’t a joke there.

Although Pogi’s lit up Instagram with this series of him getting his kit on – which weirdly was a plug for his helmet sponsor (?) – it was the comments section where the magic happened.

Alpecin-Fenix sprinter Jasper Philipsen proved that there’s nothing greater than supportive friends backing your thirst trap and Pogačar proved that you don’t have to be a robot to be the greatest cyclist of all time.

I don’t know if cycling fan fiction exists, but if not it’s about to. Please direct your publication pitches to @robynjournalist on Twitter.

Undroppable Almeida

I am a huge João Almeida fan, how could you not be? He’s spent most of this Giro getting dropped only to claw his way back every time, with zero help from his team (this man cannot catch a break, someone free him from bad teams) or competitors.

At least the internet appreciates his efforts.

As always, shoutout Cycling out of context.



Karma/Cauchemar

Now, none of us take pleasure in other people’s misfortune and we are big fans of many French cyclists, especially friend of Cyclist Romain Bardet, but with the nation’s terrible luck with its GC contenders comes really good content.

It might be that some kind of sacrifice was made to bring success for Julian Alaphilippe and Arnaud Démare in the past few seasons, because it’s not like French cycling has been barren since it last had Grand Tour success, but it just doesn’t happen over three weeks anymore.

One of my favourite accounts to follow is Dans la Musette and their reaction to Bardet dropping out and the wild ride that is Guillaume Martin was elite.

Thoughts and prayers go out to French cycling fans, and their hearts, at this difficult time.

Special shoutout: Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel is a fantastic bike rider. He’s also an incredible wind-up merchant and clearly trying to make his mark on this series.

After upsetting the whole of Italy when a video emerged of him covering pasta with ketchup, he has now decided to tick off a list of habits that will make the entire nation hate him, all while competing in the Giro. He’s insane.

His first job was to post an Instagram story of a cappuccino post-11am, which isn’t as bad as the ketchup thing but it’s certainly a no-no.

The real zinger though was teasing his appreciation for pineapple on pizza.

A true showman, we salute you Mathieu.