Tweets of the week: World champion cows, an Irn Bru bike, and Mathieu van der Poel's missing BOA dial

We return with a bumper edition, which should you keep going for a few days at least...

Mathieu van der Poel with social media posts overlaid
(Image credit: DAVID PINTENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

We start with an apology. It has been three long, hard weeks without Tweets of the Week. Three weeks in which the men's Tour de France was decided and won by Jonas Vingegaard, in which the whole of the Tour de France Femmes was raced and dominantly won by Demi Vollering, three weeks which have seen a new men's road world champion crowned in Mathieu van der Poel, three weeks which saw Alexandre Vinokourov win a bike race aged 49.

How you have coped without a light hearted social media roundup through these three hard weeks, it's hard to know, but here we are. We are sorry to have let you and the wider world down. For all those TOTW heads out there, we are now back as usual.

Right, with the apologies out of the way, it's now time to talk about the name of this regular feature. Don't worry, we are fully aware that Twitter doesn't exist anymore, and neither do tweets, but we are not calling this X Posts of the Week, and neither are we calling this Threads of the Week yet. It's Tweets of the Week until everyone conclusively leaves Twitter X, which hasn't happened yet.

Thanks to the gap between this and the last edition of TOTW, there is a bit of a backlog, with content from the very end of the men's Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes, as well as the Glasgow super World Championships.

There's Marc Madiot and his beef with Jumbo-Visma (remember that?), Lotte Kopecky being a general menace to her teammates, Lotto-Dstny pushing their bus, and a biscuit-themed bike. There's also Mathieu van der Poel's missing BOA dial, and Julian Alaphilippe getting a selfie in at the World Championships. Lovely stuff. 

1. After a reasonably dull final week at the men's Tour de France, we needed some beef to spice it up. Step forward Groupama-FDJ beef merchant (butcher?) Marc Madiot, who fell out with Jumbo-Visma's Richard Plugge over the latter's criticism of his team drinking alcohol. This ended with Madiot winding up Jumbo on the Champs-Élysées, which I think is beautiful

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2. Alice Barnes achieved a childhood dream by riding the second Tour de France Femmes, and I just think that's sweet.

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3. Georgie Howe of Jayco-AlUla has something in common with me: a blonde mullet. Both of our mums disapprove of our haircuts, too...

4. None of the UAE Team Emirates ice pool van secrecy at the Tour de France Femmes, where Demi Vollering and Mischa Bredewold simply got in a paddling pool of ice

5. Part one in a series called Lotte Kopecky being a menace to her teammates. Yellow jersey Demi Vollering probably didn't need this post-stage seven

6. Part two of Lotte Kopecky being a menace, this time to Marlen Reusser. At least this time it was post-race, the perfect time for nonsense. Possibly the best bike rider, nonsense-peddlar, menace, that's Lotte Kopecky

7. Great energy from Ceratizit-WNT and Kathrin Schewinberger there, she absolutely deserved that Leffe.

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8. The St Michel-Mavic-Auber93 time trial bike? Unbeatable

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9. That is until we saw Aimi Kenyon's Irn Bru inspired Santa Cruz mountain bike for the World Championship downhill events in Fort William. That's special.

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10. Lotto-Dstny here, proving that you don't need to spend thousands on an away day to get everyone working together.

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11. Speaking of Irn Bru, Cyclingnews editor Peter Stuart has some solid advice for any inexperienced visitors to Scotland

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12. Remco Evenepoel had a good year as world champion - he even got married. There will be some idiots out there who have strong views on his wife, Oumi, wearing the rainbow stripes, though. I cannot be bothered to put any critical thought to that. 

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13. Mathieu van der Poel showed he was going to be world champion days before the race by performing the most viral training ride around Glasgow. It really is that simple

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14. By that metric, Lorena Wiebes will win the women's race

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15. There are so many disciplines at this World Championships that even cows can get in on the rainbow jersey-winning act

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16. Best kit at the World Championships? That's Nigeria, obviously

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17. Some took the pause in proceedings at the men's road race - thanks to a protest - to take selfies. Seb Piquet and Julian Alaphilippe just had to document the moment or something. Piquet is the voice of race radio at the Tour de France, but it's rare to see him on camera. What fun.

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18. The road race was too much for some - John Degenkolb looks dead on his feet

19. I don't know who, but someone got an insane bit of memorabilia from the men's road race - Mathieu van der Poel's BOA dial that he ripped off his shoe after his crash

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20. Edinburgh is spelt in a stupid way, but you'd hope that more riders would research how to pronounce where they are. Shout out to Michał Kwiatkowski for being nonplussed at the questions. OF COURSE it's Edinboro

21. I'm genuinely scared of Germany's Emma Hinze after this

22. Finally, a happy ending for the GB women's team pursuit squad over the weekend, as they pulled on the rainbow stripes for the first time since 2014. An extra special moment for the Barkers, with both Elinor and Megan getting gold medals.

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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.