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Aldo Grasso on the Giro

NervexProfNervexProf Posts: 4,202
edited November 2009 in Pro race
An interesting read here: ... ame=Latest News

Do you think that cycling journalism has been subsumed by TV coverage?
Who are the outstanding cycling journalists of today?
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom


  • KléberKléber Posts: 6,842
    TV coverage has a changed a lot. Today we can follow the race for ourselves, there's less need to recount the race in the print media the next day.

    When most people relied in the press, the poetic language and essay style account by Grasso and others like Antoine Blondin helped to romanticise the sport. It's a far cry from the matter of fact reporting that the combination of time pressures and budgets impose on the likes of or even the Gazzetta today.

    But you see some nice instances still. Sam Abt's pieces can be thoughtful, Eugenio Capodacqua is a terrier and you get other examples. The Guardian's Richard Williamson did some good pieces from the Tour this summer, rather than report the number of people on Mont Ventoux, he just said it was as big an event as Bob Marley's funeral in Jamaica, which summed things up very well.

    Here's Hinault on Blondin:
    He never interviews anybody but just records his impressions of what he's seen and what he feels. Sometimes René Fallet was with him. They both love the Tour and, in simple language, they turn it into a modern epic, a troubador's song, a crusade, as they describe its beauty. The most banal event becomes significant to Blondin; he has only to see it and write about it. He raised the status of the Tour by giving it his own cachet; it became a myth to be renewed every year. No matter how predictable the race, he could maintain the interest in it.
  • NervexProfNervexProf Posts: 4,202

    My thanks for your reply - you certainly have called up some names that give the Giro and Tour its romance -beyond fleeting images. I think there is still a place for insightful journalists who can capture the internal struggles each rider faces and the epic nature of stages, instance Mnt Ventoux.
    Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom
  • DaveyLDaveyL Posts: 5,167
    There is a lot of good stuff still written. I really liked this piece about Roger Hammond and Paris-Roubaix, and have gone back to it several times: ...

    In fact I think I was originally directed to this article by a post from NervexProf, fittingly enough!
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  • Benjo Masso's "The Sweat of the Gods" is an excellent read on this very subject.
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

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