The Hegelian wrote:
6 pages, I'm yet to understand the hate.
I can definitely understand the dispassion. i.e. why few are invested as fanboys. That makes a lot of sense: he's a fairly understated personality, you don't see much of him, he ain't doing hero things on the bike, he ain't got once in a generation physiology, he rides defensively.
How that turns to outright hate - over and above so many other non-descript riders in the bunch.....
Well it seems to me to rest on three things. Either its the corollary of a pre-existing love
that he defeated in one of his victorious sprints. Very Freudian in that sense. Cancellera comes to mind here in 2012. Someone's making an argument about Dan Martin.....who frankly, was not winning that LBL even if stayed upright.
The 2nd possibility is a kind of anti-anglo thing which seems to go down a bit in these parts. If he had a cool Italian name + personality, it would be toleration or indifference.
The third is that actually it's all just built up via a kind of bikie forum group think.
Sure, his riding style might be a bit underwhelming, but that's no reason to hate
someone. The world is full of terrible people, hating someone because you don't like their riding style just seems pointless to me.
Okay, so the races he win tends to have been a bit boring - now the question is of course, were they boring because he won them, or did he win them because they were boring? - but he doesn't actually hurt
anybody. Let me take a look at those three examples people love bringing up around here (and let me be honest, I seem to have forgotten a lot of what happened, maybe I just don't see any point in remembering year-old dull races...)
MSR: Nobody got hurt from Gerrans' actions. He didn't push Cancellara and Nibali off their bikes on his way to victory. If he'd done that then I'd understand if people were still pissy about all these years after.
LBL: Again, he didn't cause Dan Martin to crash.
Worlds: Guess the only person he "hurt" here - in the sense of missing the win, which isn't really hurt at all - was himself. So... karma? He didn't pull, even though it would've been the smartest and, surprise surprise, he didn't win.