Robyn’s Extraordinarily On-line Spherical-up #31: Return of the toys

Robyn’s Extraordinarily On-line Spherical-up #31: Return of the toys

It’s been a quiet few days, huh?

Let’s get the principle headline sorted earlier than diving in.

Pre-race favorite Mathieu van der Poel was arrested on the eve of the elite males’s highway race on the World Championships in Wollongong on the weekend. The Dutch rider mentioned two ladies had repeatedly knocked on his bed room door within the Sydney lodge.

He has since pled responsible to frequent assault of the 2 youngsters and fined AUS$1,500, though his lawyer says he’ll enchantment the convictions. Van der Poel has been allowed to go away the nation with the return of his passport however can’t return to Australia for 3 years.

The ordeal understandably impacted his World Championships race after he solely returned to his lodge from custody at 4am. He deserted the race after 30km. Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel ultimately gained with a formidable solo assault.

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Now let’s get into one other Extraordinarily On-line article. Hopefully no-one else can be arrested by the top.

Throwback Tuesday

All the way in which again in #4 of this collection, we checked out how Ellen van Dijk had been awarded a vibrator, lube, kama sutra playing cards and ‘play socks’ on the EasyToys Bloeizone Fryslân Tour in March.

Quick ahead to September, and her response to a bot-type account (who in flip had replied to a tweet from 2021) was genius.


That’s my time-trial world champion.

Extra birds?!

Don’t fear, Bauke Mollema didn’t get hit once more by his winged buddies on the World Championships course. However individuals proceed to ship the content material in the case of posting about it.


Gasstationfoodcyclist referenced that point Mollema yelled ‘f*cking SRAM!’ on the 2019 Giro d’Italia after a mechanical. (I additionally wrote about SRAM, writing ‘f*cking nice!’ when he signed a contract extension in Extraordinarily On-line #16. There’s layers to this.)

Or how about this one?


Sensational work all people. I’m proud.

Even Annemiek van Vleuten can snigger at herself


I used to be so excited to look at the blended relay workforce time-trial unfold in Wollongong.

The Dutch had celebrity engines of their workforce, riders reminiscent of Annemiek van Vleuten, Ellen van Dijk, Mathieu van der Poel and Bauke Mollema (who would undergo a mechanical within the occasion) representing their nation within the occasion.

Sadly, an issue occurred instantly after the beginning line and Van Vleuten hit the bottom. It was the form of second that leaves you too shocked to talk.

The 39-year-old broke her elbow, however in typical Van Vleuten vogue, she nonetheless gained the elite ladies’s highway race just a few days later.

It culminated a fruitful season during which the Dutchwoman has gained the Giro Donne, Tour de France Femmes and the Ceratizit Problem by La Vuelta too.

Guess I simply have to snigger at myself extra.

Particular shoutout: This lovely podium second


Journalist Laura Meseguer tweeted a heartwarming picture of Dylan Groenewegen, his son, and Fabio Jakobsen on the rostrum on the Flanders Championship.

The 2 riders share an intertwined historical past; Groenewegen was beforehand suspended for 9 months for a crash on the 2020 Tour of Poland which left Jakobsen in a medically induced coma.

However after profitable the 195km race, Jakobsen held out his hand for Groenewegen’s son to fist bump with massive smiles.

Generally biking is gorgeous.

See you subsequent week!

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