Best of Giro d'Italia rest day tweets: Warren Barguil gets a haircut and Mark Cavendish tests out his sprint

It's a day off for the 164 riders left in the Giro d'Italia, but that does not mean the content stops. Far from it.

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There is only one story in town today: Remco Evenepoel pulling out of the Giro d'Italia thanks to Covid. The permutations of what this might mean and the shockwaves are still ongoing, but so is the Giro itself.

The riders and teams have just completed nine stages which took them from the middle of Italy to the south and back again, nine stages which took its toll on the peloton. 

It's worth pointing out that that this will be the first time for many of the riders in the peloton to have ridden so long in a row, even those riders who took part in Grand Tours last year. The Giro, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España all had bonus rest days last year, thanks to their foreign starts, so this will be a new adventure for some - heavy legs all round.

Today, however, is a rest day. It's time to relax, to chill out, and to do some top quality social media posting, or a roundup of said social media posts. Or something more useful, I'm not telling you what to do.

Already today, we have sad Remco leaving the Giro, Mark Cavendish getting his sprint going, Warren Barguil getting a haircut, and Jake Stewart having a coffee. 

There's also posts from before today - shock - which include Tao Geoghegan Hart taking time to shout out an author, Lizzie Holden dreaming of an end to rain in the Basque Country, and Robert Gesink picking up litter. Lovely.

1. Remco looking sad saying goodbye to all the Soudal Quick-Step staff got me a bit, I'll be honest

2. Phil Lowe, Quick-Step's press officer, tried to switch off from the Remco madness on Sunday evening - good luck to him dealing with our friends in Belgium today and tomorrow

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3. Groupama-FDJ went for coffee in Scandiano and took some moody photos while they were at it. I like Jake Stewart's hair.

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4. Team Corratec-Selle Italia are looking at the bright side of Covid withdrawals - their best placed rider has now moved up to 93rd! Well done Karel Vaceck

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5. EOLO-Kometa are just washing their vehicles, there is no rest for team staff

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6. Rest day. Time for a haircut, Warren! Hurry up. No, I will not give you tramlines

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7. Mark Cavendish opening up his sprint is a thing of beauty. Now to do it in sight of the finish line...

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8. Speaking of Cavendish, at least he could find the funny side of his crash on stage five

9. Tao Geoghegan Hart, third on GC at the Giro d'Italia, and also a big fan of Dan Hancox's Inner City Pressure. If you are also interested in the history of grime, it's the one for you.

10. Geraint Thomas is squeezing every bit of life out of the "little bastard" nickname for Remco. Sadly, there will be no more chances this Giro

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11. Speaking of Remco, not everyone is a former footballer in the pro peloton...

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12. More football and cycling! Fabio Cannavaro and Ivan Basso, the duo you didn't know you wanted

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13. Marcel Kittel is having the time of his life. Who can blame him

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14. If you are having a boring day in the bunch, why not pretend to catch Mads Pedersen. Better than the stupid egg game

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15. Thomas De Gendt is impressed by Ben Healy's escape on stage eight of the Giro d'Italia. From one breakaway expert to another.

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16. Lizzie Holden, here, hoping for anything, anything, just no more precipitation

17. Back to Tao Geoghegan Hart, and it turns out he's a Fossombrone fan now. Sorry Arsenal

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18. Robert Gesink, expert domestique, and also a responsible man. Pick up your litter! Or Robert will be angry!

19. Finally, remember the good times with Remco, before Covid. Here's the world champion in a helicopter, of course

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Adam Becket
Senior news and features writer

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s senior news and feature writer – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing, speaking to people as varied as Demi Vollering to Philippe Gilbert. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.