Did anyone catch the Tour de Romandie on Versus? I only saw Stage 5 and YouTube highlights of the previous stages, but wanted to get thoughts from those who may have seen them live.
Total time is the key, as you know.I watched a few minutes of this race, and as much as I like to cycle it is a struggle for me to follow. Guess I always considered racing to be one person, one machine, one race kind of event. You go faster than everyone else kind of thing. Total time I understand (though it does mean the race for the line that might be close may mean absolutely nothing) but there must be a points system or something. It just seems everyone knows but me.
Even then unless they only take the top x number of riders for the points or time toward the team, then I can understand certain riders do better at certain rides. Yet team orders ect just seems so foreign to me in racing, much less a team leader per sey unless they are the strongest rider. Yet team leaders seem to get special treatment from the teams to get extra help, and that makes no sense to me. Michael Schumacher is the prime example in auto racing. Some auto race is France drives me just as crazy. You spend all night and all day running at speeds in excess of 200, to get to the end to finish at the blistering pace of 20 mph.
I'm the classic problem. If the vs crew spent too much time with me, it would bore the rest and they would be thinking does that guy think we are all stupid. Like anything else unless you know the rules and reasons behind the decisions made, its your problem not there's. I did finally learn one thing. The pelaton is the place you least want to crash, except for maybe out of the lead.