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Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

25 August 2014 - 1:03am
Si wrote:Looks like itv4 are doing highlights at various random times.
It seems to settle down to a regular 7-8pm slot from Friday from what I can see.

Rick.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

23 August 2014 - 11:39am
Looks like itv4 are doing highlights at various random times.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

23 August 2014 - 10:50am
Kicks off today with a short team time trial. Omega Pharma expected to do very well and Team Sky be pretty strong too.

Re: Tiernan-Locke banned.

21 August 2014 - 8:09pm
cycleruk wrote:Hope he can be proved innocent.
The "passport" is a good idea but there may be instances when readings could be affected by unusual circumstances.

He claims that he drank 33 units of alcohol (wine and vodka), 3 days before the world champs, which lead to the unusual readings! Seems unlikely and, frankly, odd that someone would do that to their body just before a major bike race.

Remember, Lance Armstrong's main defence when accused of doping, was that he never failed a test. And yet he was doping even before he got cancer.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

20 August 2014 - 10:13pm
.... and riding Tour du Poitou Charentes (!?) prior to that. Adam Yates is up for Orica Green edge though

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

20 August 2014 - 12:17am
Cav is riding the Tour of Britain according his team.

Rick.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

18 August 2014 - 10:36pm
not sure how accurate that site is as i'm pretty certain Cav isn't riding

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

18 August 2014 - 8:57pm
Riders and teams =
http://www.cyclingstage.com/vuelta-2014 ... pain-2014/

Last minute changes may take place of course.

Barring accidents it could be a top tour.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

18 August 2014 - 7:09pm
Froome and Quintana will both be riding which should make for some great mountain stages, perhaps the highlight of the year? Contador now is going to ride even after that nasty injury in TdeF

Re: Commonwealth games

7 August 2014 - 7:11am
Someone had put a sign on Montrose Street...
"Col de Montrose Street - Pure Dead Steep". To have to ride up that a dozen times, at any speed, even without the rest of it...

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

6 August 2014 - 2:29pm
Phil Liggett: the Murray Walker of the cycling punditry!

Re: Pantani death inquirey

6 August 2014 - 2:28pm
Just saw the documentary, throwing up more questiuons than answers?

Re: Commonwealth games

6 August 2014 - 2:27pm
We only counted 11 finishing, it looked a lot tougher in the flesh than ever it did on TV!!

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

5 August 2014 - 8:01pm
My fave BBC instant Punditry was a previous Winter Olympics, where one of their generic sports commentators opined that skating up a hill on XC skis was so much easier than "classic" striding... There spoke someone that's never tried it!

I don't mind P&P, but didn't miss them at the Commonwealth road races.
I think you'd have to look very, very hard to find folk significantly better than Gary Imlach, Chris Boardman and Ned Boulting. Ned's books are worth a read too.

Pete

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

4 August 2014 - 3:00pm
Couldn't agree more. But I'm telling it as it is: not the way I like it! I have a sneaking feeling costs come from governments. The Olympic Organisers for example, can't go on building venues all over the Globe from their funds! Surely, that's down to the countries who make the bids to hold the events.

Pantani death inquirey

4 August 2014 - 2:48pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28637575

blimey...it's all going a bit Bruce Lee

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

4 August 2014 - 2:45pm
By all means cut out advertising and let's go back to being a Cinderella sport along with swimming as we both were many years ago. I'm afraid. As in the words of the song: "Money Makes The World go Round" it is a sign of the times.
My understanding of advertising is that you get paid by a company for increasing its brand's exposure. Regardless of the good or evil of commercially sponsored cycling teams in professional cycling, the riders are not competing for them in the Commonwealth Games. They are competing on behalf of their nations who presumably aren't seeing a penny of revenue from this advertising.

Now, call me an idealist, but I don't think that national colours should be sullied by sponsorship. However, if others think that it is acceptable for sportspeople to be walking billboards at these competitions then surely the sponsorship revenue from those billboards should belong to the nations. If finances are truly as dire as Thirdcrank suggests then maybe the extra money would be very useful.

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

4 August 2014 - 2:21pm
By all means cut out advertising and let's go back to being a Cinderella sport along with swimming as we both were many years ago. I'm afraid. As in the words of the song: "Money Makes The World go Round" it is a sign of the times.
It was very noticeable that Thomas had miraculously [unseen on my TV at least] managed to pull up his warmers fully from around his wrists to show off his sponsors name the correct way up when he bent his arms in victory. It would appear that Sky's the limit when it comes to advertising revenue. At least Chris Boardman never kept name dropping like the other commentator did when he referred to "a Garmin Sharp Rider" several times. I was beginning to think no other national teams were competing.
PS. And viewing the closing ceremony it's obvious that the Gold Coast has been told that the "Thighs the Limit" for their budget if they want to use Kylie again.

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

4 August 2014 - 9:47am
Lots of the finance must come from the manufacturers. I'm thinking here about things like football boots. Some manufacturers have been very successful in getting their stripes etc widely displayed and must surely invest a lot more than donating the actual kit. Helmets have in common with footwear the scope for incorporating an immediately visible logo or distinctive design. Perhaps helmet manufaturers would be happy to supply "their" riders with any livery they wanted. They do seem to be able to provide yellow and rainbow helmets at short notice. However, even at the Worlds, where the prestige of competing is arguably a tad greater than the Commonwealth Games, riders only ever seem to wear a national jersey over their ordinary trade team kit.

We've also seen some policy swings in this area. Not a million years ago, Super Mario was regularly fined for wearing his own matching shorts for the green jersey. I've even heard it suggested - perhaps in jest - that he carried some in a polka-dot design, just in case. Now, it's considered perfectly normal for the maillot jaune to be in yellow from top to toe and why not?

For many years, the RTTC maintained a rigid "no advertising" rule, probably helped by most competitive cycling being run under their rules in those days. There was also the long-running manoeuvring between national and trade team formats in the TdeF. At one time, the organisers were so powerful that they could insist that riders rode anonymous yellow bikes.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

4 August 2014 - 9:43am
Si wrote:The worst bit was when one ride cut across another - commentator made the usual comments about it being bad riding, then they showed the replay and the commentator came out with "I don't believe it, he's done it again!" or words to that effect.
That's pure Murray Walker

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