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@Stavrosian #6 Totally agree, the other teams were more than happy to negate their own chances as long as Cav wasn't put into his usual slot with 200 metres to go.I don't even know why they bothered to turn up.Not sure how rested Froome is, that was a punishing Vuelta that took a lot out of him. That said it would be great to see him have a shot after such a great season.
4 channels but no red button so people can not record it well done bbc
31. Perpetual SighSorry if I am misinterpreting your humour but I think the Mickey Mouse insult refers to size (a mouse is small) rather than the character. I'm guessing you must be a very sensitive Walt Disney fan or something ... ?
33 .Jockstay - "......Can the Beeb not show more of the UCI's events through the calendar year? Eurosport(not available to everyone) are only channel committed to live coverage of these events"ITV4 show quite a lot live over & above their highlights packages. Not all of the live action for sure, but quite a bit & their coverage rocks!
31. Perpetual Sigh +++Thanks for that, I haven't laughed so much in ages.
recreational or sporting though, Jockstay ?
As road cycling is is evidently on the way to overtaking football as our national sport(if not already) Can the Beeb not show more of the UCI's events through the calendar year? Eurosport(not available to everyone) are only channel committed to live coverage of these events. If the BBC cant afford to show live coverage of these events then they should atleast show highlights of a race that day.
there perhaps isnt a big crossover between those who cycle for recreation/fun/fitness and those who watch it as a sport. I'm not sure even hardcore cyclists would watch it on TV with the exception perhaps of MTB/cross etc
30. Name Number 6 "Yes, real football fans realised it was a Mickey Mouse tournament."And yet they didn't realise that 'Mickey Mouse' is not, and never has been, a credible insult. Best-recognised animated character of the last hundred years? How does that go hand-in-hand with a lack of international prestige, exactly?Also, you do not speak on behalf of 'real football fans.' Suck it up.
29. Smiley I am a woman addicted to watching cycling BUT WHERE IS IT ON TV?Only Football didn't sell out - doesn't that say something?+++Try ITV4, lots of cycling.Yes, real football fans realised it was a Mickey Mouse tournament.
I am a woman addicted to watching cycling BUT WHERE IS IT ON TV? As for the guy who says there are a lack of posts on here - it was hard enough finding this place. If the BBC gave the facility to post comments on front pages maybe there would be more. The Velodrome at the Olympics was consistently being plugged as the hottest ticket. Only Football didn't sell out - doesn't that say something?
Shows the lack of a decent cycling correspondent at the BBC the fact that they consider Cav having a chance of defending his world championship jersey. The course is far too hilly and Cavendish is only going back to pay back his teammates that helped him last year.
also most cycling fans go to cycling forums as they know the BBC's coverage and understanding of Cycling borders in the embarrassing...Millar is not suited to this terrain. He has ridden a long season. He is focusing on the TTT i believe. Cav's is only there because he is current WC, and its expected of him.
I believe you are drawing the wrong conclusions about the No of posts. There is a massive and growing interest in cycling. The difference is that (a) many fans are new and sensible and don't know enough to comment sensibly and (b) it does not attract the huge number of brainless, nationalistic, bigoted and naff comments that some other sports - most notably F1 and the Soccer Circuses - attract.
21. Moz having said that after being at the ToB stage 1 finish in Norwich last week and seeing the vast crowd that drew (and elsewhere all week) I'd say professional cycling is defo a ratings draw at the mo!+++The BBC has kept the blog open for 19 hours and still only 24 posts, theres your answer.
The course isnt the best for Mark so if he was to retain his world title it would be a phenomenal achievement . In Denmark it took an exceptional team effort to deliver Mark to win and no doubt the team will have to work incredibly hard if they are to have control over the race , but even then the finish favours others . Good luck GB .
As below can't understand why Millar is not going. Perhaps Cav is saving himself in the ToB and that's why he is climbing so steadily! I know he's no Purito but seemed to loose far more than he should have this week. JTL, I fear on the back of a hard week this is too big a step up. But would love to be wrong!For me Gilbert was looking strong in the Vuelta & have a feeling it may go his way.
Can't see Sagan doing this without a superior team to support him. I would love to see someone from GB challenging but its been a hard year for most of them with team Sky so maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part and made harder without Millar who's a great leader.My money is on the classics king Tom Boonen as the course is perfect for him.
@ Name Number 6 - the BBC is supposed to be a public service broadcaster - it's not supposed to be interested in ratings or viewing figures - just broadcasting what is "of the public interest" - having said that after being at the ToB stage 1 finish in Norwich last week and seeing the vast crowd that drew (and elsewhere all week) I'd say professional cycling is defo a ratings draw at the mo!
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