• David9482

    Interesting post, thanks for writing it.

    Quick point to make about TV coverage – I agree, women’s cycling should have more TV coverage, but it isn’t the UCI’s responsibility or job. First of all, TV coverage is market driven, so if a race’s ratings were low last year, ad companies won’t want ads on that race, and then the TV networks won’t cover the event. Secondly, OF COURSE increased TV coverage was done by the organisers (as opposed to the UCI) as they will have an immediate financial gain if the event is televised. These two conditions must be understood before people blame the UCI for poor TV coverage.

    In my opinion, the UCI has done a lot to equalise the sport, but the final equalisation must be done by a combined force of women’s riders, teams, organisers AND UCI. If they want better TV coverage, they have to work together to increase viewership and TV ratings. This is definitely not an easy thing to accomplish, but I really think that Cycling Tips (and the Female Secret Pro) has done a great job to give us female cycling storylines, which is one of the most necessary parts. This is just the beginning, but please don’t blame the UCI for lack of TV coverage – even if they made a rule, they’d have a fun time trying to enforce it. The UCI is powerless to control ratings and as seen on the men’s side, their power to control the sport is really limited – ASO and other organisers who directly work with TV networks would be the best place to start this process… skipping the UCI entirely!

  • Schmuck123

    Money talks, and when it talks, people become completely blind. Racing, watching or even visiting Qatar is legitimizing a terrible government with terrible human right record. If you look at most of the structures in that country, they are built by people who are treated as slaves.
    I am sure they stuffed the UCI and FIFA pockets full of cash.

    • zosim

      Given all the guff about it being important to grow cycling into new markets, it’ll be interesting to see how many Qatari people come out and watch the race. My guess is very few.

  • zeresh geresh

    Ting Ying Huang will win the sprint

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  • ebbe

    RoboLiv aren’t just losing most of their budget… with Rabobank completely stepping out of cycling altogether, they’re losing (close to) all of their budget. This also means the Rabobank development programme (which has developed so many elite riders, to name a few: Tejay van Garderen, Rohan Dennis, Michael Matthes, Steven Kruijswijk, Boy and Danny van Poppel, Rick Zabel, Tom Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema, Lars Boom, Sven Nys, etc etc etc) also stops, as does the sponsorship of the Dutch National squad.

    The RaboLiv team will now try to survive by combining several small sponsors, but that sadly meant they could not keep the big names on board, other than Marianne Vos


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