I didn't call Froome a psycho because he held onto a motorbike & cheated in a bike race. As this is a topic about "popularity" & likeability, I just don't think the whole snakes & rabbits episode can be treated as "normal behavior".if you blame froome for hanging onto a motorbike, you have to do it for others who have done the same but with cars like Nibali or Bardet, otherwise you are a hypocrite. maybe you should read the definition of psychophate.
I'm the complete opposite, i.e. nationality plays zero role. They're all gladiators out there & I throw my support behind the most worthy according to my own preferences.I really hate to admit this -- I'm not some nationalistic knob-head in a political sense -- but a rider's nationality is the most prominent factor in determining my level of interest.
For me, I think it's because I tend to like riders more if I feel like I "know" them, and since Danish media tends to mainly focus on Danish riders, I end up focusing maybe a little more on the Danes.nationality- whether you like it or not it's a big factor for most people
Great points.What I think makes a rider popular in general:
What makes me to like a rider:
- success first and foremost- some less successful riders might get more popular than they results would suggest but the riders with the biggest fanbases are pretty much exclusively big winners
- nationality- whether you like it or not it's a big factor for most people
- time of rising to the top- a rider who starts dominating against a bunch of well-liked riders will get more unpopular while a rider who stops the domination of a disliked rider will get more popular for example
- relatable life story
- some more random and superficial stuff than you would think.
Yes. And the occasional French, or Dutch, or Belgian, or Slovenian, or Italian, or Spanish, or even Irish rider!You like Danish cyclists ?
I think I'm the opposite in that I tend not to like British riders all that much despite living here. I think perhaps it is an overcorrection from having them be the focus of English speaking TV coverage and a lack of patriotism more generally in my personal life (I leave it there or else this will probably begin to veer towards political discussion).But I am very patriotic, my shouting at the tv highlights of this year have been Pidcock winning Olympic gold, Evie Richard's the worlds , and Lizzie Roubaix.
Oh, I can definitely see how too much focus on riders of your own nationality might tip the scale towards being annoyed at the constant talk about them. For example; I do recall being slightly... perplexed when Danish TV2 asked whether Cort would be allowed to sprint on stage 18 of the 2016 Vuelta. Like, of course he wouldn't! They had Chaves, who was riding for the podium. And then he - Cort - won the stage anyway...I think I'm the opposite in that I tend not to like British riders all that much despite living here. I think perhaps it is an overcorrection from having them be the focus of English speaking TV coverage and a lack of patriotism more generally in my personal life (I leave it there or else this will probably begin to veer towards political discussion).
I steal JJ from time to time too but only as a joke and usually on an Irish forum not here.Yes. And the occasional French, or Dutch, or Belgian, or Slovenian, or Italian, or Spanish, or even Irish rider!
One thing I don't like, however, is when people try to turn Danes into other nationalities. For example sir fly's habit of referring to Juul-Jensen as "Irish". Listen; just because you can count all your WT riders on one hand, doesn't mean you get to steal ours!
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