I read this website at home on Firefox, whatever the latest version is, as it auto updates, and also in work (on breaks and lunches) via IE5 maybe IE6, yes that is technological progress in a FTSE 100 company.
Now here is my compare and contrast for both platforms, and I could try using IE8 on my home PC, but that involves far too much clicking to look, so will wait till the weekend.
The site at best looks more cluttered, and I can't see the adverts when using the main page except at the top which is where I look for the latest items, compared to the old site. The old site was organised, and less cluttered in that you had better labelling of items, more user content, and those ads for income could be seen down the side without having to scroll half way down the page.
Moving onto to load times, as people have a problem with this, well at work I load the homepage and wait 30 seconds to be able to move the screen up or down, or click a link, considering we use a very, very fast network I find this is ridiculous, though may have something to do with the version of IE the company uses. Actually it must be IE6, as we had it upgraded last year for business continuity reasons. Though we still use MS Office 97, this is not a joke. Now, moving back onto topic, at home Firefox on a similarly fast network downloads pages in less than a second, in complete form without riders positions being cut off, and displayed over more than one line. But this having to "Show More" is a major annoyance, because personally I like to read every result, as it gives me some thoughts on potential future strategy in stage races or looking at riders form. This coupled with the usual race reports is the best way, and this is what you did in simple form.
As far as splitting out the different sporting disciplines, this is a good idea as those who really do not want to read about a certain discipline can then avoid it, but for those like myself and no doubt countless others, having to click on each tab to read results from different disciplines is very time consuming and therefore not something i'd personally look forward to, especially when it comes to the winter for six day events and cyclo-cross.
A further point is the teams and riders database, if I remember correctly it was Theo Muller at http://www.world-of-cycling.com
that provided these and other elements such as past winners for some events, that did this each year, and the way it used to be whereby you clicked on to a drop-down menu selected a team and there you go, all the details you need was perfect, now to read about a UCI Continental Team it is necessary to scroll down for what seems like an eternity before checking each team out individually in case I miss it, was never a problem with the UCI code next to the team. Also, with regards to this, the older years like 2000 to 2004 has only the UCI womens teams, and none of the mens, as good as that is for checking out those, i'd like equality for all (makes a change, I think for a guy, to be asking for this).
Other than these points and of course a couple that have been listed prior, such as the photos, oh and the way they were listed as by the photographer, as this would guarantee their recognition and it had their website (if any) to click onto. Would be the improvements you are looking for to bring this back to the best cycling website on the net. Till then, i'm afraid that I will put up with it till a better option comes along. Even then, i'd still check in here once a week just for the forum, which is now the best part of the website, though I still think you could do with members who moderate on top of those who work for Future Publishing/Cyclingnews.com.
That is now definitely all I have to say on this subject, and I hope there is an improvement or even my Future Publishing subscription might get cancelled as this is a bad advertisement for its products.