BlueRoads is trying, though.You're absolutely right; there hasn't been nearly enough discussions about the good looks of male riders.
This thread is becoming the ideal alibi to start posting some homoerotic posts about male riders. "No no, we're just trying to balance things out!"BlueRoads is trying, though.
In fact, I think there have been more discussions about the looks of male riders than female riders (I think today was a first) despite the fact that - I suppose - there are far more male than female posters on the forum.
And yes, yes, I know we also speak more about male riders in general.
That's what I wanted to answer, then I saw your post...BlueRoads is trying, though.
But I like TTTs... I know they are unfair. I just like to watch them for the beauty of it, if they are executed well...To get things back to the subject at hand, i.e. how awesome Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig is, let's discuss what people's movements are like. Cille is very elegant and seemingly effortless on the bike, one of the most naturally relaxed pedal styles in the women's bunch for sure. And it seems like that suits her well for when it gets really steep as she has that extra gear to go to. Take for example her attack to win at the Giro dell'Emilia.
This was the kind of thing Joaquím Rodríguez used to do, sit in looking easy and riding with as little energy expended as possible, next to no unnecessary motion, and when the gradient is up over 15%, just take off out the saddle and open up a big time gap very quickly. She's definitely among the absolute elite puncheuses right now, and seems to benefit most the steeper the climb is. Would love to see the 2020 version of her take on a rescued Emakumeen Bira, those climbs would be perfect for her. She seems to thrive the steeper the gradient gets and the more the balance tilts away from those riders who can use their power to force their way over the climbs. Maybe a bit more endurance is still required for the really long climbs, but she did manage 4th in the Giro, and it was only a TTT that cost her the podium.
As if there weren't already reasons enough to hate the TTT...
The WWT has two standalone TTTs (Vårgårda and Halden), just like the men's World Tour used to have one (Eindhoven). So leave it at that rather than biasing stage races with them too.But I like TTTs... I know they are unfair. I just like to watch them for the beauty of it, if they are executed well...
Maybe some girls will switch on the television and catch the end of the female cycling race, and then maybe they'll catch a Cille interview. And instead of saying, "I want to be like Swift" (or lo and behold a Kardashian) she'll say, "I want to be like Cille!" Because she will also note just how much happiness this Dane is deriving from doing this sport that she loves.
'The Ariana Grande of cycling' is probably Letizia Paternoster.It must be noted that women (or girls) care about the looks of female stars as much as, if not more, than men (or boys) do. With Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift, it isn't just, "I want to be/sing like her." It's "I want to look like her." Or at least that is kind of included within the first statement.
They do? Not anyone I know.... unless young girls / teens, perhaps... Maybe it's different where you are, but this woman strongly disagrees with that statement!It must be noted that women (or girls) care about the looks of female stars as much as, if not more, than men (or boys) do. With Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift, it isn't just, "I want to be/sing like her." It's "I want to look like her." Or at least that is kind of included within the first statement.
Cille's problem will likely forever be that lack of a sprint weapon. At a similar age to Cille is now, Anna van der Breggen had very little sprint ability and really worked on it, to the point where she's "ok" now. Niewiadoma has been working on her sprint for a couple of years now with limited real results; Cille is starting from a position of real weakness in that respect which may hamper her results as long as flat to hilly racing remains the staple diet of the women's péloton, which may put her into a similar kind of position that Elisa Longo Borghini is in. Then again, if she ends up with a similar palmarès to Longo Borghini's she could probably retire happy (well, taking into account that Cecilie is almost always a bundle of energy).It looks like she can be the next "dominating" rider in women's cycling, in case the women's scene does not get very broad and specialized. Who do you (Libertine?) think could challenge her?
I am sure Bennati would have appreciated reading this forum if we had had these discussions.You're absolutely right; there hasn't been nearly enough discussions about the good looks of male riders.