Well, now this complicates the prediction game for Burgos mightily. There are some epic heart over head and head over heart arguments to be had.
The problem for Fisher-Black is that she can be one of the 10 best women in a race, but still not even be the third best SD Worx rider. But you'd expect her to get some chances at some point, cause she's clearly talented and has done a good job for the team so far.Nice to see someone other than the usual suspects win today. Good performance by the Winner. Was surprised to see Niamh Fisher-Black working on the front today, thought that as the best placed SD Worx rider, someone else would be doing the work. AVDV pushing it on after the crash a bit dodgy as well, not like she didn't see it as she looked around when it happened. On a side-note NF-B looks tiny compared to most of the other ladies on the bike, very promising future anyway at just 20.
I was trying to figure out (watching a Spanish broadcast since this GCN broadcast isn't available in the US) who that tiny rider was leading the group several times near the end. The white jersey threw me off.. On a side-note NF-B looks tiny compared to most of the other ladies on the bike, very promising future anyway at just 20.
You would probably have understood that Cecilie had won from the dancing in the streets and the parties being thrown across the world, and you probably heard her victory celebrations if you were anywhere in a 100km radius of northern Burgos province.Had this lined up to watch after the Giro, but accidentally saw that CUL had won. Still watched and very happy to see her get her first WT. Like many I am a fan, but as everyone is on the CUL bandwagon, I am starting a new bandwagon, the Niamh Fisher-Black bandwagon. No Irish girls to cheer at the top level of Womens Cycling, so one with an Irish name(and likely connections) will have to do. Would love to see her take victory here, SD Worx are in the driving seat with 4 in contention, but AVV could still smash them.
But that is why planning for just 30 minutes - especially when you base your plan after the slowest possibly finish-time... - is never gonna work. Coz sometimes riders go really fast, and then 30 minutes becomes 10 minutes.I hope they don't get any hassle about missing out on 30 minutes' coverage because the women just happened to race too hard for the broadcast plans that were in place!
Agreed, but especially if a less well-established race like Burgos has gone to the trouble - and they had all the proper graphics and everything of the men's race - and has made the provisions to meet the requirements set out for them, they shouldn't be punished for one thing which is out of their control. Most race organisers are required to put forward a set of estimates for pace in the road book, and these should be used to inform the TV coverage. Now: if they had based it on "half an hour if the riders average the slowest estimates" then they should be punished because they would only be fulfilling their requirements if the riders rode slowly, and therefore had not made adequate provisions. It should perhaps as a requirement be "you must be on air live half an hour before the fastest expected finishing time" to ensure that time, and then if the riders are faster than the predicted times the organisers don't get punished because they had made reasonable provisions for the requirements of them. I'd be amazed if there isn't some wording within the UCI's rule on that to clarify the time. Otherwise you could see races find all manner of creative ways to get away with bare minimum coverage to save money - not through malice mostly (except maybe ASO) but out of necessity - or do something like we had from the Emakumeen Bira a few years ago where they showed above 5-10 minutes of stages 1-4 and then 2 hours of the queen stage.But that is why planning for just 30 minutes - especially when you base your plan after the slowest possibly finish-time... - is never gonna work. Coz sometimes riders go really fast, and then 30 minutes becomes 10 minutes.
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