So when I say I was frustrated, it was because none of this was used in context by the expert commentators on SBS. They wanted riders to ‘light it up’ and kept stressing that teams without a sprinter were ‘running out of laps to win the race’ as though it was some sort of criterium in downtown New Jersey with a big pot of USD at stake.
The three experts on the SBS panel are arguably very experienced in their respective fields. But decade long journalists and former riders don’t always make for insightful commentators, and there is something about this football-style panel of discussion that is not gelling as well as it could.
As I tweeted some time before 1am, it’s another reminder that there is unconscious bias in sports commentary. Tomalaris, Gollan and Vogels seemed annoyed that the race wasn’t unfolding in their preferred style and lamented the lack of attacks.
All implications suggesting an underlying theme – women’s cycling is not as good as men’s.
After dozens of women had crashed, teams were decimated eg Canada who lost 3 of their 4 starters in the crash, leaving many world class women with none or one team mate to back her up, Vogels couldn’t understand why riders were nervous and defensive.