Chris D wrote:
I think the biggest problem is not so much the scientific approaches of the teams as the media management of the riders, maybe there are still some big, interesting personalities still in there but they are so trained and choreographed that the human drama of rivalries, anger, defeat, and victory is lost.
I know this was not the original idea of the post but I would like to pick up the 'media management' point. Went to watch the time trial at the Eneco Tour Of Belgium. All the teams had there riders warming up where they were in public view...................except Sky who did not want you to see Bradley. Hardly endearing themselves to cycling fans. You may call me a bit bad..........picture taken from within a bush. I should go join the paparazzi!
And yes. There are people standing at the other end but Bradley was tucked in the far corner at the end of the bus. With 'two body gaurds'.
Cannondale warming up. And whilst doing so they were even happy to have there pictures taken with you.]
Thread is developing with some interesting views. Personally I have little respect for Team Sky and Sir Bradley, not so much a lack of respect for the achievements, but a lack of respect for the man. Before his TdF victory and London 2012, he was very vocal in saying he did not want to become a celebrity...clearly hubris rather than humility rules his personality along with his (bad) attitude toward the media and therefore fans.
And despite being a fan of the Tour de France since 1984 (my first of many trips to France to see it), I find I am increasingly drawn to the (slightly) more parochial Vuelta.
My comment about the Team Sky Death Star
, that refers to the Team Sky bus - journalists have awarded it that nickname!
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