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Robyn’s Extremely Online Round-up #26: Graphic design is Mads Pedersen’s passion

The latest instalment in our series recapping the weekly shenanigans in the peloton and showcasing the fun side of cycling

Robyn Davidson
16 Aug 2022

Hello again! I hope you all managed to get through the latest heatwave with minimal sunburn and heatstroke.

Fortunately, the grey cloud is starting to roll in around Manchester, so we’re back to normality.

At Cyclist we’ve been building up towards the Vuelta a España (another Grand Tour? You’re joking) and the upcoming Tour of Britain.

If you want to read more on World Champion Elisa Balsamo studying for a master’s degree and playing Chopin on piano, then you’re in luck because Issue 130 of Cyclist Magazine is out now.

We also looked at some of the best aluminium road bikes of 2022 while Pete Goding wrote about the absolute beautiful craziness of photographing the action on Alpe d’Huez at the Tour.

But I know why you’re here. And it’s to recap some shenanigans.

Graphic design is Mads Pedersen’s passion

Usually they tell people to not give up the day job. This is not one of those circumstances. I actually demand more.

Trek-Segafredo negated the usual team announcements – of course, as is their unique style – and handed the keys over to their rider Mads Pedersen.

He went above and beyond. In a display of chaotic energy I could only dream of, Pedersen created a work of art that featured his teammates in everything but Trek-Segafredo kit, such as Dario Cataldo back at Astana and posing with a dog.

Then Pedersen himself was at the bottom winning Stage 13 of the Tour de France this year.

Just check out the reaction from Human Powered Health...

And even fellow memers Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert-Matériaux. 

But perhaps the most important element isn’t the images, but the subtle use of Comic Sans typeface from Pedersen.

Good shithousery. 11/10.

Note to self

Even the GOAT can make mistakes.

Despite initially winning, Marianne Vos was later disqualified from the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race for her adopting the now-banned ‘puppy paws’ aero position.

Trek-Segafredo’s Audrey Cordon-Ragot would then be awarded the victory.

As a reminder to herself at the Tour of Scandinavia, Vos had the words ‘NIET’ and ‘LIGGEN!’ written on her handlebars for the opening stage. Roughly translating to ‘no lying down!’, a nod to her previous puppy paws blunder.

It worked. She went on to complete a hat-trick of stage victories in the first three stages before winning the final day to make it 4/6.


A little 207km warm up, as a treat

Talk about taking preparation to a new level.

Elia Viviani rode in the European Championships road race, sprinting to 7th place after 207km and finishing at 15:09 CET.

He then suited back up and headed for the velodrome. At 20:21 CET, he won the elimination race.

I thought a turbo warm-up did the job before the track when I was younger. That’s probably why I didn’t win any European Championship medals.

Special shoutout: All of you

Misogyny. Something that always rears its ugly head.

The latest horribly sexist message sent to me over the weekend was just another episode in an ongoing series for women in cycling, but I wanted to thank you for the support you lent me in that time. Whether it was a tweet, a DM from a stranger or a gif in support. You're all brilliant and I felt that love tenfold. 

It can be hard to drown out the noise, but knowing there are some absolutely amazing and uplifting people in the world of cycling keeps me going. You all rock. 

See you next week!