April 1 is a time for hilarity to ensue around the world, but only before 12pm. Cyclists, teams and owners took time out of their busy schedules to fill our mornings with a little mirth.
Here are a few that caught our eye, but definitely did not have us fooled for a second…well, maybe one second.
Smell like Spartacus
No, you won't smell like slightly damp and muddy cycling clothes if you buy Fabian Cancellara's new scent 'Monument', you'll smell like a winner.
“It is not difficult for me to look ridiculously good, even when I’m in a hospital bed,” said Cancellara, who was named seventh on Cycle Sport’s top-25 most stylish riders of all time list. “But style is about details, and smelling good on the podium is just as important as getting there.”
With the rider ruled out of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix with a couple of broken vertebrae, Trek Factory Racing decided to have a little fun at his expense. And they even went as far as making a full blown video to back it up (opens in new tab). Bravo, Trek.
Lance Armstrong has a new job
Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov has actually blocked Cycling Weekly from seeing his tweets, so we nearly missed this beauty from the Russian. The crazy thing is, it's not that far fetched to believe it's something the man would do...
Rapha's new book
Where else would you go to train for a holiday in the French Alps than the challenging roads of the Netherlands? Rapha has collated (opens in new tab) a number of the country's best climbs so that you don't have to.
Andre Greipel is going to attempt the Hour Record
I'd pay good money to see Andre Greipel ride a tandem, let alone for an hour.
Fat Lads at the Tour de France
Fat Lad At The Back (FLAB) have 'qualified' for the Tour de France, apparently, having reduced their pie intake substantially over recent weeks.
Hailing entirely from West Yorkshire, the team have reportedly got their prologue skills nailed down, but may struggle when the Tour hits the mountains. We assume the team will have a few chocolate eclairs in their musettes to keep their energy levels high as well as a few bottles of ale for hydration.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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