Burkni won MSR?!! This is rather unexpected for VdB and his plans for ITT (ie using it as a front for tax evasion and beer fraud)! Congrats!! A big raise is coming up for the Icelandic Volcano - such will be your nickname as from this moment. Anyone who can actually pronounce its name may do so too, but I have my doubts about that.
Included as a bonus in your raise will of course be a selection of non-fruit(y) beers
that fell off VdB's fraudulent trucks
came from VdB's private stock!
VdB is not sure why Shag was dropped anymore, but yes it probably was due to him not having a squad ready for the fall classics last year! VdB would offer him a new contract now he is flaunting a decent amount of World Tour points already, but alas this can't be done during the spring classics competition. Shag will have to wait until the Giro to ride for ITT once more.
And 'timmerman' actually means 'carpenter' in Dutch Burkni! (just like German 'Zimmerman') I suppose it might have morphed from German to Danish to Icelandic somehow, since we do use the expression in Dutch that someone with a hangover has a 'houten kop' (ie 'wooden head').
War. War never changes. The end of the world occurred pretty much as we had predicted: Too many humans, not enough space or resources to go around. The details are trivial and pointless, the reasons, as always, purely human ones.