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The stupidity of US press(7 posts)

The stupidity of US pressA Fan
Jul 9, 2001 12:04 PM
It never fails to amuse me and P*** me off...While doing some work at the office I have the radio on (local AM news/talk radio) and the "news" on the Tour during the sports report was an astonished and somewhat ignorant rant on how Armstrong came in 80th today.

The reporter sounded like Lance had let him down personally, AND he also had all the tell-tale signs of ignorance in NOT realizing the early stages belong to sprinters. You could tell this guy thought that Armstrong should be leading right now, all the time, and that anything less was "un-american".

Apologies folks, but we get some lame ass commentators here in the states.

A Fan
On the other hand...Bruno S
Jul 9, 2001 12:36 PM
it is a very complex sport. Most people don't realize its a team sport let alone can figure out that there are specialists for the different types of stages. There is no other sport were a competitor would let another one win because one helped the other or that the same time is assigned to all competitor as long as they arrive together to the finish line. Just today a rider had to ask "permission" from the peloton to ride in front for a while. Don't expect much from your local AM commentator, at least he is mentioning the Tour that if it wasn't for Lance probably wouldn't happen.
By the way...MikeC
Jul 9, 2001 1:59 PM
It was Lance, who as the reigning "boss" of the peloton, gave "permission" for the Belgian rider to ride ahead and get some glory in his home town!
Yeah that was sweet......"You go talk to Mr. Armstrong, boy"Spyder Ryder
Jul 9, 2001 7:23 PM
Yeah I wouldnt want to piss off the peloton or they'll eat you alive in the coming stages
Tomorrow maybe similar but...Bruno S
Jul 9, 2001 8:36 PM
Tomorrow Wauters will past through his hometown and he has the yellow jersey. It may not be so easy to convince the peloton of letting him go even for a short while.
Tomorrow maybe similar but...MeMyselfandI
Jul 9, 2001 9:13 PM
Especially since Knaven attacked while the peleton was mostly neutralized while Van Hyfte went up the road to visit his hometown.
By the way...Velocipedio
Jul 10, 2001 7:20 AM
I don't know, the way I saw it, van Hyft was discussing it with Lance and a few other riders at the same time.