Tweets of the week: Peter Sagan topless on the slopes and Zoe Bäckstedt's adorable cousin

It's a new year but the social media pipeline keeps churning out content, here's some of the best for your enjoyment

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Happy New Year from all of us at Cycling Weekly's Tweets of the Week department. We've had a busy time of it over the Christmas and New Year period, sorting out the good takes from the bad takes, and generally sifting through the mountains of content that have been produced by bored professional cyclists as they sit around at home during the festive season.

It might be 2023, but Twitter and Instagram are still the places to go if you want to see behind the scenes of cycling, from how Zoe Bäckstedt's cousin reacts when she sees her on television, to how 32-year-old treats 23-year-old Tom Pidcock at Ineos training camps (the answer is immaturely).

With the WorldTour season approaching with pace thanks to the return of the Tour Down Under, there is still time to take a step back and appreciate some of the best posters in the cycling business. Oh, and there's Peter Sagan topless. What more could you want?

1. For some, the off season means relaxing. For Mauri Vansevenant, it means looking after calves, obviously. And by calves, I don't mean his skinny climbing legs, but young cows. Why he is feeding her from a Coke bottle, I don't know, but this is adorable

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2. If you've ever been stuck somewhere without a bottle opener, as I frequently am, it turns out you can use SPD-SL cleats to open beer with. What a useful little life hack. I'm sure Look Keo cleats would work too, but it's unlikely you'll get anything out of Speedplays

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3. I am not, and never will be, a professional athlete. However, is this really how juvenile team training camps are? Poor Tom Pidcock for falling for 32-year-old Luke Rowe's nasty trick

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4. Speaking of youth vs experience, Geraint Thomas still thinks he has the beating of riders 15 years his junior. If he catches them by surprise, obviously. Unlucky, Magnus Sheffield

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5. Team photoshoots are a bit of a mystery to me: are they always as fun as the riders make them look, or are they a bit of a chore? Here, Lotto-Dstny allow us behind the scenes to see Arnaud De Lie and Caleb Ewan work hard off the bike as well as on it

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6. Peter Sagan is only 32, soon to be 33, but he gives big mid-life crisis energy. I guess this is what happens when your best years happened in your mid-to-late 20s. Cold.

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7. Speaking of Sagan, it looks like he's got his next career sorted - as some kind of Father Christmas for hire

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8. Father Christmas actually had quite a rough ride to get to everyone's houses this year; who knew he went over the pavé on his sleigh?

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9. It seems like Chris Boardman does not love Zwift

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10. Tom Southam is ready for next summer's Ashes, as is his daughter. Are you?

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11. Skiing with Alison Jackson looks like it would be fun. To be fair, doing anything with Alison Jackson would probably be fun, such is her vivacious personality

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12. Shout out to Zoe Bäckstedt's biggest fan, her little cousin. I love the enthusiasm

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13. The British track women's squad went diving; if that doesn't motivate you to try something new in 2023 I don't know what will

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14. Here's Ella Harris with an inspirational story

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15. Frankie, the late Michele Scarponi's parrot, looks like he's still attracted to the aqua Astana kit

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16. Congrats to Jade Wiel and all involved at FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope for the coolest photo of all time

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17. Finally, apparently Fabio Jakobsen and Michael Mørkøv are the sultans of swing. Who knew?

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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.