Shorter Zomegnan: I told the riders not to celebrate after one of their members almost died on a route that I approved.
Except that Amstel Gold, Liege-Bastogne-Leige, Paris-Roubaix, etc are all ONE DAY races!
I really don't understand all of the stage race apologists who are making out that stage races should not contain days which may be similar to one day/classic courses.
why the hell not?????
of course, riders can come off. there are classic specialists whose season is entirely focussed on one day events. does this stop them racing on these courses? does this stop them not finishing events? of course not!
if you are a GC rider and are not prepared to jeopardise your position in an event which requires bike handling skills then ride the stage slower. people are quick to criticise sprinters who creep over the mountains - do you hear sprinters asking for mountain stages to be left out? or call them too hard?
similarly, mountain descents ARE dangerous. again, if can't handle your bike at the speed that others can, slow down.
we are supposed to be watching racing and i, for one, would like to see racing over a multitude of courses in a GT. not the borefest that many of these races have become with teams 'managing' stages in the mountains and then trying to win a race in a TT.
both yesterday and today were an embarrassment for pro cycling.