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TJeanloz - What is French coverage of the TDF like...BrianNYC
Jul 14, 2003 12:55 PM
I have nothing against the Lance/USPostal/American-rider centric focus of coverage here (, since as an American they do interest most. Plus, LA is the four time returning champ, and focusing on him makes sense for the media of any country covering the Tour.

But, that being said, is the French media pro-French rider, pro-anyone but LA, neutral, anti-LA or American rider?

The fans at the TDF seem to cheer anyone and everyone, which is cool.

Just curious, not looking to start a dialogue on Franco-American relations.
My opinion,TJeanloz
Jul 14, 2003 1:02 PM
I'd have to say that the French media is very much like this board. They desperately want the race to be a good race first, and everything else comes later. Actually, they want a French winner first, but after that, they want a good race.

I'd say their treatment of Armstrong is sort of in awe. They seem to find his strength very unbelievable, and take every opportunity to hype every challenge to him. But remember - they're trying to sell papers, and they won't do that by conceding the Tour to Lance before it begins. On the whole, I'd say their coverage is the same as American coverage; pro-Domestic riders 1st (how much more do you hear about Americans than anybody else), awed by Lance (and quite impressed with Tyler this year). The coverage is not all Lance all the time, because they have quite a few domestic teams to pay lip service to, but there's plenty of exposure for him - and drug allegations notwithstanding, they are generally neutral to pro-Lance.
Thanks for the insight. nmBrianNYC
Jul 14, 2003 2:29 PM
My opinion,ericy
Jul 14, 2003 2:38 PM
My understanding is that the helicopters and motorcycles with the cameras are all from the French media (I hear Phil and Paul make occasional references to the French director). If you think about it, this sort of makes sense - you wouldn't want 50 motorcycles from all of the different countries crowding the riders on the course.

That being said, I don't know whether OLN gets the feed from all of the different cameras and gets to cut it themselves, or whether they get just one video feed from the French director. My *guess* is the latter - again based upon what I hear Phil and Paul saying sometimes about how the French director is now taking us to '...'.

If this is all true, then what the French see on TV is more or less the same as what we see on TV. It would only be when they cut away for commercial, or when Bob cuts out for a quick interview in the midst of the race that there would be a noticable difference.
The TV is exactly the same,TJeanloz
Jul 15, 2003 5:08 AM
The TV coverage is like the equivilent of "pool" reporting - there's only one set of footage, which is comentated to in different languages.

I interpreted the question as more of a news media issue, of which there is, obviously, much more coverage and analysis in the French papers, and also on the nightly news.
As it should be ...Humma Hah
Jul 14, 2003 2:56 PM
If Armstrong wins this one, he'll have earned it. And if somebody beats him, they'll have earned it, too. This is a real race, and that's good.

Most of the US Postal team are not US citizens. Its an international effort.

Armstrong might get 9 minutes on the field in a good year, after 3 weeks of effort. I'd say that's pretty good evidence that they're all worth cheering for. Especially when I realize that any one of 'em can put out about 3x power level over a comparable distance.