The following video was taken by a spectator on the side of the road as Mark Cavendish and Simon Gerrans crash in stage 1 of this year’s Tour de France. It’s really quite amazing footage, take note how fast the riders are riding. Fast.
I’d like to welcome Rachel de Bear from the TourDeCouch blog as a guest blogger here with Mr Cycling World. Rachel offers a witty view of cycling “from the couch up” and has a fantastic understanding of professional cycling, and manages to write in a different flavour to most. In her first post, she dives straight into discussing the many crashes that has plagued this year’s Giro d’Italia. If you’re on Twitter, do yourself a favour and follow her @tourdecouch
Giro Crash Coverage
When Katusha’s Giampaolo Caruso crashed during Stage 6 of this year’s Giro, the host broadcaster continued to focus on the unmoving rider. In an analysis of the stage, my good friends at the Velocast, Scott O’Raw and John Galloway angrily called for a petition to RCS to stop this kind of coverage.
I’m not sure how I feel about it. Watching this type of footage doesn’t excite me nor do I enjoy it. And I definitely don’t share the sentiment of this post on The Roar. But I’m not as angry as Scott and John because I can’t stop thinking of a scene from the film Jerry Maguire.
Lame right? But Cuba Gooding Junior’s character takes a heavy hit during an NFL game and afterwards lies motionless. His family are at home watching on TV. They desperately wait on every second of coverage, willing their loved one to move.
As a cycling fan, I too watch the coverage with baited breath. I watch, hoping the guys I admire are OK, not out of morbid fascination. If a crash is milder, I want to know who’s out of the race; who is able to continue riding, and what does any of that that mean for their team and the GC. A crash changes a race’s complexion and is at home as part of its coverage.
A crash is also news.
Despite heated tweets, many news sites posted the fan video of Johan Vansummeren’s collision at the Tour of Flanders. Cycling is a sport, fans argued, and cycling crashes are not news.
I watched it because the lady was initially blamed by the Twitterati. I wanted to know: did she walk across the road, is she OK, what happened? Afterwards, I felt sad not because I shouldn’t have watched it, but I put myself in her place. Excitedly waking up that morning to go watch the Tour of Flanders, then not waking up from a coma for a long time.
That is news, no?
What do you think?
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