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In response to Nene Valley 39. I don't think anyone would question the quality of Eurosports television coverage it is access that is the problem. We can't all afford sky or pay tv. We pay the BBC via our licence fee and therefore should be entitled to see cycling just as football fans get to see their choice of sport. Nobody is knocking Eurosport.
The route of the Giro has been suicidally difficult since I watched my first one in 93. The Italians made it super difficult in an attempt to blunt Indurain even putting in a mountain TT to help Chiapucci. Chemical enhancement seems to be a pre-requisite for winning the Giro. Wiggins will get smashed the route is too tough.
@37 And cycling, "doping is rife"?! Cyclists are getting caught because there are actually serious regulations against doping in cycling, with frequent testing. You think any swimmers, athletes, tennis, and rugby players are innocent! Haha get off your high horse.. Operation Puerto verdict on blood bags is a farce.Cycling had 4600 blood test in the off season 2011-12. Tennis had 21. Nuff said.
The Giro has been far more exciting than the Tour in recent years and the route offers that again this year. Giro is tougher than the Tour in terms of the course. Should be a cracking last week. Wiggo will be bricking it on the Stelvio where honestly he could lose minutes on Nibali simply on the descent.The Tour is Contador's to lose at the moment
As long as the BBC prefers to pay millions to crisp advertising retired soccer players for MOTD we will not have decent pro sport. The BBC has hoped that the UK would share its obsession with athletics alas it failed. Your BBC tax goes to Irish comics and too many channels rather than quality sport. Boxing, racing,F1 are doomed, yet Crista Ackroyd, a local journalist gets £250k for Look North LOL
Cav - the best of the best
Wiggins can not win the Giro. It's the hardest grand tour and too much climbing for Brad. Froome should go well in the Tour but Alberto is on contaminated beef as we speak and will be almost impossible to beat. He is 2/1 in places and that's a cracking good price.
@38&39 - BBC funding (the taxpayer) has seen the UK's prime channel lose countless screening rights to top sporting events the last few years. They simply cannot afford to compete with commercially funded outfits & would prefer to spend on 'family' entertainment & drama.Eurosport, & the ITV coverage is pretty good IMO, let them keep it. Oh & commentators - there are other teams than SKY riding!
I agree the Eurosport Channel will take some beating for its coverage but lets be realistic for all the main races Eurosport are taking the national TV feeds from the country concerned. For the Tour de France would be hard to surpass from the quality of coverage of both scenery and race. Eurosport do contribute the commentary and lets be realistic this is their weak point. and could be improved.
I'm gonna throw this out there and see if it floats anybody's boat, think Wiggo respects this race and is on record earlier as saying he is targeting the Giro this year, strong team of climbers might see him achieve his ambition, don't believe all this posturing with Froomey, all a smoke screen, mind games, don't think BW can do both and think CF on a promise for the Tour after last year, anybody?
"When are we going to see the Giro or Tour de france on BBC???"Oh my god, why would you want the BBC to cover the Giro or the Tour?Eurosport are the BEST broadcaster of cycling by a Country mile and there is absolutely no way the BBC would dedicate 4 or 5 hours of their schedule to cover a major stage from any grand tour live like Eurosport do.
It is a BIG shame that terrestial TV have no coverage.Brad will try to bring the Sky team together to control stages like last eyars Tour, but as people have commented the Giro & Vuelta tend towards shorter and steeper climbs were the explosive jump of Nibali/Rodriguez will prevail.I wish him the best, but the Giro could well scupper his condition for any challenge of Froome for Tour leadership
Cycling has died this year. How can anyone think its genuine. It's become an absolute farce. Time to say goodby to it as a sport.Don't get me wrong, I love the sport. I just can't see how you can judge the riders fairly when drugs are so rife.Ban it now
Nibali dropped Brad on the final stage on the Trentino but I'm not sure how many seconds Wiggins lost at the bottom with bike trouble. I'm not sure how good Valverde will be since Dr Fuentes has been tied up. the Spanish teams are no longer dominating the football. The Giro climbs are someway between the French costly ski resort roads and the goat tracks in the Vuelta
34. smoothsurface"When are we going to see the Giro or Tour de France on BBC??"Only then Eurosport and Channel 4 release their closely guarded, passionate, vice-like grip on cycling. Besides, after the pitiful road race coverage during the Olympics, would you really want the BBC to do it?Not I.
When are we going to see the Giro or Tour de france on BBC???
May the best micro-doser win.Wake me up when the speeds come down and the farce becomes a sport.
I think Brad can win given the 88km of time trails. He is also a far better climber than people give him credit for and he has a very good team around him. Will be fascinating to watch.
Slight mathematical disparity between the article and 'Brits on tour' box on the left... 14 stage wins between them, ten for Cav, 2 for Millar junior but also Vin Denson, Millar senior and Wiggo have at least one, a minimum of 15!I know I'm picky
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