They also all want million dollar contracts.VeloFidelis said:It doesn't matter what argument you want to use. The riders want radios! Their opinion is more important on this issue than yours, mine, or the UCI's
Rule changes take place in pro sports to improve their marketing potential.
i.e. to make them more exciting to watch, for the general public.
The idea of removing radios is good, trying to execute a change at the Tour, was not the place to start.
All U23 races are set to go radioless. When these riders reach the top flight, radios can be phased out.
Fabian Cancellara called it. He said that maybe it is a good idea, but it needs to be trialed in an early season event. Riders will adapt, once they get a feel for racing "au naturel".
The French championship race, without radios, was a corker.
Using radios, doesn't stop at the DS to rider, rider to DS feedback.
Many of the top teams have spent a fortune on spywear technology, to listen in on the other team radios.
So if all the top teams are party to the tactics of their opponents, before they are employed, how is this good?
Just another form of cheating, in my book.
Reading through this thread, I get the impression that the pro-radio camp, in the majority, are pro Astana/Lance/Tempotrain tactics.
The anti-camp are looking for something a little less formulated, unpredictable and exciting.