TheEnglishman wrote:Speaking as an outsider who doesn't fully understand cycling races I have to say there needs to be a fair amount of PR/explanation as to why riders dropped out. It doesn't happen in many sports where people quit half way through.
It just doesn't look good. Sorry, but there it is.
From a few pages back, I think that there's a point here. Regardless of the reality of the race, the man on the street won't understand why a rider would drop out of the race before the finish if he is capable of finishing. Indeed the BBC Radio 4 news described the GB riders as "failing to complete the race" which completely misses the point. I mean, obviously they could complete it after being dropped if given sufficient time, but as we've explored there's really no point.
I'm not sure this attitude will change in the UK until the general public takes a more active interest in cycling and learns more about it, but currently there is what media types might call a presentational problem.