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  • AB

    Love the Daily News and how videos of the races are always posted. Can I ask a favor though? During the Tour could you post the video before the headline stating the winner?

    • Mark Blackwell

      Hear hear. SBS makes this mistake, and as much as I’m so very grateful for them bringing us the TdF, it just makes their online coverage of the race useless. I would love to watch their feed rather than some online pirate, but it’s impossible to get to the SBS online coverage without seeing who the stage winner is (believe me, I’ve tried).

    • Mark Blackwell

      Hear hear. SBS makes this mistake, and as much as I’m so very grateful for them bringing us the TdF, it just makes their online coverage of the race useless. I would love to watch their feed rather than some online pirate, but it’s impossible to get to the SBS online coverage without seeing who the stage winner is (believe me, I’ve tried).

    • I’m still not 100% sure if we’ll have any video coverage of the TdF, but if we do, we’ll also be posting it separately from the Daily News (it will just be highlights though). So perhaps the best thing to do is to look for it on the homepage and we won’t include any spoilers.

      • wheldo

        Could do something similar to steephill? It’s far more fun not knowing the outcome..

      • Jessy Vee

        If I can’t stay awake to watch a stage, I record it, hoping to watch it the next day. But I have to admit, during the Giro I would just delete my recording when I found out the stage winner and GC results with a spoiler from SBS of CT. You guys do an AMAZING job reporting the news (and this is by no means a criticism), but I know I tend to not watch the recap videos if I know who has won. I’m weird like that. Maybe other people are too. ;)

    • I’m still not 100% sure if we’ll have any video coverage of the TdF, but if we do, we’ll also be posting it separately from the Daily News (it will just be highlights though). So perhaps the best thing to do is to look for it on the homepage and we won’t include any spoilers.

    • MIK

      I second that – its been my biggest gripe with SBS – they do spoil a lot of anticipation by highlighting the winner before you even start watching the highlights

  • oakie

    Tinkov – Rebel without a cause?
    Its all very well chestbeasting and annoucing he ‘can’ boycott the Tour, but why?

    • krashdavage

      If you read the CN article linked it’s all about… Money. Of course.

    • krashdavage

      If you read the CN article linked it’s all about… Money. Of course.

    • Andy B

      I can’t see any other team wanting to skip the tour.. that’s where they get all their advertising worth and have the world watching

      • Dave

        Indeed. In the three way UCI-ASO-Velon battle for the sport’s future it is hard to see Velon (the teams) as the dominant force as they don’t have the resources to back up their bluffing and start a breakaway league.

        • velocite

          You may be right, but I think the teams have a lot of power. A multi team boycott would gut the TdF. The teams and the TdF need each other. I don’t know how ASO views the increasing prestige of the Giro, but surely they wouldn’t want that trend to continue?

          • touristeroutier

            There are enough Pro-Conti who would sell their souls to be selected, should a Pro Team boycott. The teams have no power, as there will never be true unity.

            They need Le Tour to justify their level of commercial sponsorship.

        • Derek Maher

          Just maybe Dave,Mr Tinkov is thinking of making a play for the UCI top Job down the road.
          On a personal note,I have no problems with the ASO trying to hold the line for European racing in its battle with the UCI over the racing calendar.The ASO and the Giro organisers in a way have similar goals in keeping European racing and the racing calendar on top and blocking the UCI as it tries to dilute European influence with its moves into the Middle East,Africa,The America,s and Asia.
          The racing calendar has its limits and can only cover a finite amount of races.Perhaps the UCI should introduce a world regional series of races with a grand world championship every 2 years bringing all the different continents together for the event.

          • Dave

            Funny then how it is that the ‘expansion’ events promoted by the ASO and RCS Sport (Dubai, Qatar, Oman) are the ones that are going strong, while the UCI’s expansion events (e.g. Tour of Beijing) are the ones that have failed.

            The UCI has no business trying to be a race promoter, the last thing they need to do is have another crack at it.

            The current setup where there are five regional series (the UCI Europe Tour, UCI Americas Tour, UCI Asia Tour, UCI Africa Tour and UCI Oceania Tour) and one global series (the UCI WorldTour) contested by the best teams is fine in my opinion, it needs minor changes rather than big ones. Ensuring there is only ever one WorldTour event on at a time and shortening the end of the season to have no more races after the Road World Championships would be a start, slightly reduced team sizes and a salary cap would be the next step.

            What cycling really needs is for Christian Prudhomme to step up and become cycling’s Bernie Ecclestone, at the head of a ASO-RCS joint company which would own and operate the elite level of the sport. There’s certainly enough room on the calendar for their big events to coexist and draw the mutual benefits from exclusivity, especially if the Vuelta becomes a grand tour for the second division only. This would free the UCI up to focus on regulating the sport without attempting to be a race promoter.

  • Art Wetherall

    Live on-bike footage and live tracking of riders. They’re taking their sweet time reaching the 21st century but this sounds promising.

  • James L

    The dimensions collaboration looks sweet, will really add to the viewing experience. We’ll have to wait and see just how the info is delivered, I am guessing that an F1 style heads up display is probably a little optimistic at this moment. Maybe one day! It’d be class to see speed, watts, gradient, cadence, gearing, etc all in realtime.

    • Dave

      I would say that coverage on the level of the WEC live timing (let alone the superior F1 provision which benefits from smaller circuits and smaller race fields) is an optimistic target for even ten years from now for three reasons: the communications infrastructure needed (much easier for a closed circuit where the bandwidth is not constrained by the use of relays), the lack of will to cooperate for mutual benefit in cycling and the shortage of money to pay for the project.

      A premium provision for time trial stages should be possible in a few years, because the premium coverage could be limited to a handful of seeded riders and the top GC riders, with the other 160 having basic data updated at intervals.

  • Seth Adams

    That can’t be the real Froome – it has to be a stunt double as the guy in the video isn’t staring at the bike’s stem.

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