Originally posted by Azn_Chic
Yet I do agree that it is quite boring to watch lol
Yeah, that was my point before: it's boring because they do such a bad job presenting it. A race stage will last a few hours, and of course for much of that not much is going on (you know, kind of like a baseball game). But you could easily fill a one hour recap with action
and if you describe what's going on, it is interesting.
Instead, yeah, they'll mention once in a while that someone is trying a breakaway... or that a group is trying to bridge to a break. But they don't talk about how what those groups are doing is influenced by who is in them, they don't talk about how the team makeup of each group is coming into play, they don't talk about the roles that each individual rider in each group is playing -- yet all of that is going on. If you watch the coverage, you'd hardly know that there is such a thing as team tactics in cycling. When I was racing (and even now when I'm reminiscing
) and would mention that I was a "defensive specialist," people would wonder how you could have defense in cycling.
But, if you watch an American football game, there's all kinds of in-depth analysis about blocking schemes, patterns receivers are running, what the fullback did versus what the halfback did. If you watch baseball, they fully analyze each pitcher's performance against each individual batter, against lefthander vs. righthanders, against the team he's opposing; they explain why a double switch is made, the strengths and weaknesses of each playier on the field; on and on. And that kind of stuff is what makes it interesting if you watch those games for three hours.
Watch cycling, and you'll hear about the history of the town they're riding through, the family lives of a few superstar riders, and "that breakaway has been reeled back in with 60 kilometers left to go... now, we're coming to the final two kilometers, and this looks to be a hotly competitive sprint, with four riders away..." Huh? How did that happen? Who are these guys? How many teams are represented? Who's really a strong sprinter; who's likely to give the killer leadout?
It sucks being a cycling fan.