Tweets of the week: Trek's new Lidl kit, Alaphilippe's unusual training and the Cavendish/Thomas show

Pierre Rolland's bike goes swimming, Carlos Verona has a go at AG2R, Marc Madiot acts as a soigneur and more...

Julian Alaphilippe with social media posts overlaid
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The week after a Grand Tour is usually a bit of a fallow one, and this has been the case in the days following the Giro d'Italia, as everyone decompresses and tries to work out what to do with their time now they can't watch cyclists struggling in the rain in Italy.

The less said about a rather tepid Giro the better - the last word goes to Ed Pickering of Rouleur, who wrote: "It’s one thing having suspense to the end; it’s another to kill the racing for two and a half weeks in order to get it." But it's fine, because we can quickly move on.

The Critérium du Dauphiné is here to take your attention away from Sunday, then it will be the Tour de Suisse, and then it's practically time for the Tour de France, just a month away.

A fallow week it might have been, but that does not mean the social media machine stops - it never stops. First, there was the wrapping up to go with the end of the Giro; it ended with a heartwarming moment as Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) helped his old friend Mark Cavendish (Astana-Qazaqstan) to his final stage with at the Italian Grand Tour. Cue pandemonium on Twitter.

Also this week, Trek-Segafredo announced it will be known as Lidl-Trek from the end of the month, so that meant lots of fun with brightly coloured kits and products from the budget German supermarket chain. Julian Alaphilippe showed off his unusual training methods ahead of the Tour, Chiara Consonni had fun at RideLondon, and Pierre Rolland lost a bike to the depths. All this and much, much more.

1. Mark Cavendish was rather happy to get his first win of 2023, and his final ever Giro d'Italia stage win, at the last opportunity

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2. Some of the thanks has to go to Geraint Thomas, who helped an old mate out. Cycling is pretty simple sometimes.

3. Geraint Thomas was very gracious in defeat to Primož Roglič, as is the other Geraint Thomas on Twitter

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4. Ryan Gibbons of UAE Team Emirates didn't have much riding on the penultimate stage of the Giro, so could enjoy his cable car ride

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5. Not having a good time the day before was Carlos Verona, who got taken out by an AG2R Citroën car while in the break on stage 19...

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6. Meanwhile, Marc Madiot gave up the day job to help his Groupama-FDJ team out

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7. She might not have won a stage, but Chiara Consonni had fun in Essex at the RideLondon Classique

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8. Also having fun was Pfeiffer Georgi, who helped her teammate Charlotte Kool to two stage wins and the overall at RideLondon

9. Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse are one of cycling's super couples, and the Soudal Quick-Step man and Tour de France Femmes director have a cool way of spending time with their child

10. Derek Gee had a standout debut Grand Tour, and it's good to see him celebrated

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11. Poor Pierre Rolland - it's never nice to lose a bike. You don't have to understand French to see what happens here

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12. Nope, this isn't anything crude, but a celebration of Richard Carapaz's first pro win for EF

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13. Charlie Quarterman is missing his friends from the Giro

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14. It's Lidl time. Is Richard Carapaz secretly riding for the new Lidl-Trek?

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15. Elynor Backstedt-Calvert is already ready for the German supermarket chain...

16. If the kit looks like this, I will be delighted

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17. However, Mads Pedersen, graphic designer, has other ideas

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18. Peter Sagan, four weeks away from his final Tour de France, is very much doing his own thing. Yeehaw.

19. Finally, happy Pride month.

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