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By a whisker! TT-invading cat drops Jumbo-Visma pro up Giro d'Italia climb

Edoardo Affini at least saw the funny side of the embarrassment: "Not difficult to climb faster than me!"...

Always good to see those flash pro riders get humbled by an unassuming local not kitted (or should I say kittened) out in all the top gear...

Eight lives left for this little fella who narrowly avoided a charging Edoardo Affini aboard his Cervélo P5. We hear plenty of marketing spiel from bike brands about aerodynamics, weight saving, and stiffness — ability to withstand feline collisions, granted unsurprisingly, doesn't get a mention.

It's the latest instance of out-of-control fans getting too close to the action...first, Allez Opi-Omi. More recently, Yves Lampaert's crash at Paris-Roubaix, and now Puss in Cleats making one of the best TT riders in the world look, quite frankly, a little bit silly.

Keep your skinsuit, thirteen grand bike and year-round training...when you weigh 5kg and have catnip pulsing through your veins, you can drop any WorldTour pro...a purrfect pawformance.

We like to think a confused family in Budapest will get a call from an "interested" Yorkshireman called Dave B later tonight..."He says he wants to take Garfield out to an...altitude camp!?" 

Edoardo Affini saw the funny side, at least...

Just when the Italian didn't think his day could get any worse, 'teammate' David Dekker was on hand to dish out some more dirt...

By the time our new favourite moggy was on the rollers warming down, Simon Yates was in the hotseat having set a stunning time on the city-centre course.

The Brit stayed atop the leaderboard for the rest of the day to take an impressive stage win ahead of the flying Dutchmen Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Dumoulin. Van der Poel keeps pink for tomorrow, at least, when we should have our first sprint stage. Mark Cat-endish and Caleb Meo-wan (genuine apologies you had to read that) are the pre-stage favourites...

Dan is the news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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mdavidford | 2 years ago

Apparently, they're only a Cat 3.

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