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Crackers! Luke Rowe rescues Christmas with Twitter shout-out

Ineos Grenadiers road captain offered team jersey to anyone who could help him out of his fix – and social media delivered

For all the negatives, social media can often be a force for good – how often have we seen pets who have decided to do a solo walkies, or stolen bikes reunited with their owners thanks to online posts? But Luke Rowe, road captain of one Ineos Grenadiers, getting his festive season rescued by offering a jersey to a lucky fan in exchange for some Christmas crackers? Well, that’s a new one.

Rowe took to Twitter on Christmas Eve to ask if anyone in Cardiff had 20 Christmas crackers going spare, with the number later revised to 11 (I mean we’ve all overestimated stuff in a panic, haven’t we?) and promised to trade an Ineos Grenadiers jersey for them.

Said crackers duly arrived thanks to one of Rowe’s Twitter followers, and the jersey was handed over in exchange by the WorldTeam pro – resplendent in a set of red pyjamas with white piping.

We’re glad that the Ineos Grenadiers rider clarified that he was only after 11 crackers instead of 20, however, because that would have given rise to a couple of questions – first, how big is his dining table, and more importantly, how bloody big was that turkey?

Whether any of the crackers contained the joke, “Knock, knock,” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle … ” is not known at present.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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