"Let's say we've got 8 in that five," Millar said enthusiastically. "Wiggins and Froome just finished first and second in the Tour de France so they're worth four guys. We've got Cav who is worth two guys in the sprint and then we've got Stannard, who when on a great day, is worth a few more. We'll be alright.
I'm not sure what your point is (sorry).ElChingon said:
daryl impey was in the race/start listavanti said:I'm not sure what your point is (sorry).
From the start list there were no riders from South Africa but one from Namibia (#162 Dan Cravens). I'm surprised there were no riders from South Africa.
40 Daryl Impey (South Africa)ElChingon said:
Technically olympic cycling isn't a team sport... not really. An "olympic" team sport results in a medal being awarded to the team. For example, a relay in swimming is a "team" award.tammy25636 said:''We could have done with a couple more guys'' thus spoke David Millar with the British teams inability and frustration in not bringing the breakaway back. Cavendish had 4 domestiques while NZ rider Greg Henderson had 1. The formulae used to determine each countries number of elegible riders is really quite bizaar. As i understand it the countries number of world ranking points determines this. I have also read somewhere that some countries do not have enough experienced riders to ensure this inexperience doesn't lead to accidents in the bunch...absolute rubbish..any such riders would soon be left behind. There are a number of other factors which present questions. It may well be that a country has 2-3 extremely highly ranked riders but absolutely no depth below that. Does that mean that they will qualify with 2 extra domestique riders who have all the inexperience they're so concerned about. Road cycling is a team sport, pure and simple and teams in every other sport take the field with equal numbers...and surely thats the Olympic spirit. To use this convoluted logic outside the confines of cycling, how about the next time the All Blacks take the field against the British Lions, the All Blacks have 15 players to the British Lions 6?...as reflected in World rankings....the whole things an absolute nonsense and countries like NZ should boycott the games until there's some form of level playing field...3 riders per country...period.
When you're getting down to nation #50 and #51 you're really looking at 4 guys chancing it as best they can though, rather than much of a team tactic.Armchair cyclist said:As happens in most other sports: yes. Non-qualifiers don't qualify.
Except for the... eh... difficulties in actually finding 9 man some of those countries might have.Fowsto Cope-E said:Really, the top nations are already the best. They don't need any MORE of an advantage by having more riders now, do they? I propose that the top nations should only get one get one rider while countries like Eritrea should get full 9-man teams. Then, everything will be nice and fair.