Tweets of the week: Special guests at the Giro, Carthy does a wizard impression and Cavendish gets a new sprint train

Taking a look through the best of cycling social media in the last week

Tweets of the week
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The Giro d’Italia is up and running and it’s been a rollercoaster of a first week.

Remco Evenepoel, Geraint Thomas and the rest of the peloton have been subject to some horrendous weather, so it’s no wonder that Andreas Leknessund got stuck into a celebratory pizza that was put in front of him when he pulled on the pink jersey.

While Leknessund was enjoying pizza, it looks like the World Champion prefers a whole egg as a snack while he’s out on the road, the prop of an ongoing joke within the peloton. 

Elsewhere Mark Cavendish has been racing his first Grand Tour for Astana-Qazaqstan. Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like his new squad have brought in a monstrous lead out train to set the Manxman up for that 35th Tour de France stage win this July.

Meanwhile away from the Corsa Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten has been seen visiting the hallowed turf of the Johan Cruyff arena…. Late change of profession, Annemiek?

Did you know that before turning to two wheels, Van Vleuten was actually a footballer? The Dutch cycling superstar is an FC Twente fan, though, not an Ajax diehard. 

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

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