Blazing Saddles wrote:
Anyhow.....................Rai Sport 2 did have 5 minutes of the race, last night.
Saw Pooley's lethal attack from way back in the group. A couple tried in vain to bridge but were shut down by team mates. After that, it was celebration time. The only thing dull was the weather. Pound for pound, Pooley is a phenomenon. Certainly impressed Paolo Savoldelli, Rai's regular new presenter/expert.
10th in Flanders, 10secs back:
I think too much credit is being given to the competence of the media.
Whether things are or are not covered by the media is far more down to ... historic prejudice.
Half listening to Women's Hour and there was a discussion on women's football. One of the things they've done (if I heard correctly) was to change their season to the men's off-season. That way, football starved fans are more likely to follow women's football.
No-one would be keen on racing in Belgium in December, granted, but if there was quality women's racing October to February/March, surely more race starved cycling fans would follow. I'm assuming there is no off-season for journalists and sponsors.
All this rubbish about "viewability" sponsorship and "entertainment" is a smokescreen. I think too much credit is being given to the competence of the media. Whether things are or are not covered by the media is far more down to history, random events and historic prejudice. Early evening, the other day, I was trying to find something - anything - worthwhile to watch. Ended up at some age group, engine size restriction, motorbike racing. The commentator was trying to get me interested in the two Under 14 boys whose dads had bought them a fast motorbike each and whose name he knew, as opposed to the 25 others who he could only recognise from the start list if he had a clear picture of the number on the bike. They were ripping around Donnington or some-such having a great time and good luck to them. Entertainment it was not. But as to some rubbish about women's cycling not getting coverage because somehow it does not engage with Joe public - the example I watched with my own eyes clearly proves the opposite..
Mr Watson saying something stupid again: