Tweets of the week: Tour of Britain special featuring Alex Dowsett, Wout van Aert, and Swan facts
As the major British stage race heats up, riders have offered their insights into the peloton
The 2021 Tour of Britain is well underway, and as always the race is providing plenty of drama and a few laughs along the way.
Looking at the the lighter side of the cycling world, we've once agains delved into the depths of social media to bring you a selection of our favourite tweets.
In this week's edition of Tweets of the Week, we bring you plenty of insight into riding the Tour of Britain, featuring Wout van Aert, Chris Hoy, and Alex Dowsett.
1. When your aim is a little bit too good in the breakaway
#Strike 🎳My apologies for the guy... was supposed to be a "gift" 😅 https://t.co/t8vWHEueKqSeptember 8, 2021
2. Celebrating with the fans on the Great Orme
Wait for it… 🍺 #TourOfBritain 🔴🟢⚪️ pic.twitter.com/AazkAv5laASeptember 8, 2021
3. That must be uncomfortable on the saddle Chris
Stung by a wasp last night on a very private part of my body, while I slept. Bear in mind this is what my ankle looked like a couple of years ago when I was stung on my foot, I’ll let you use your imagination as to what I look like right now.. 🤢😂🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/JCf9P3N7YuSeptember 8, 2021
4. Looks like Mark Cavendish contract negotiations are still ongoing
🎴 BREAKING NEWS 🎴@MarkCavendish is joining @Movistar_Team for today's team time trial stage 😬#TourOfBritain 🔴🟢⚪ pic.twitter.com/GaeyvIatFGSeptember 7, 2021
5. Parenting comes before bike racing for Dowsett
Was just asked by one of our staff members here “how is the kid doing?”I replied, “great, we can clap hands now”This was followed by an awkward silenceTurns out he meant @MasonHollyman, our youngster stepping up from the team’s development team here, who can also clap handsSeptember 6, 2021
6. The greatest joy in the Tour of Britain? Watching the peloton pass your local Spar
This Spar has played a big role in my life. And now Richie Porte is riding passed it. pic.twitter.com/LN5beO5rNTSeptember 5, 2021
7. A (friendly) war of words has broken about between Van Aert and Hayter, two stars of the future
Haha just joking offcourse 😬 congrats!September 9, 2021
8. Introducing US fans to British culture, including the swans
Swans are the most dangerous animals in Britain, they are like our grizzly bears. You can’t even fight back as most of them are owned by the Queen. No word of a lie 🦢#TourOfBritain pic.twitter.com/Kav1wxXPHHSeptember 4, 2021
9. What more motivation do you need when racing your home tour
Last minute ‘good luck’ from Enzo for @AndyTurner132 and @Ollie_Peckover as @SwiftProCycling take on the @TourofBritain Team Time Trial! 💙💙💙💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/wZJhvjbbGISeptember 7, 2021
10. The Wales v Belarus football match is causing rifts
When I text Kiry about the football result 🤣😇 #BLRWAL 🇧🇾🏴 pic.twitter.com/hLRuAKwouASeptember 6, 2021
We'll be back in seven days with more tweets of the week.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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