So . . . I’m no expert on the Pro Peleton from an actual BIKE RACING standpoint, but I do consider myself an expert at watching sports and media after many decades in front of football games — so here comes some early thoughts and spray:
*Matt Goss is the best interview in the pro peleton. Smart, engaging, fun to watch. Even better than Horner. Cav, Farrar, Wiggins . . . god just painful to watch an interview (well, Cav is kinda fun, like train wreck style, like “is he gonna punch Frankie in the face!!”) . . . and then Goss just great, blessed w/ a personality I guess, comfortable in his own skin, not crispy, no work for him, now I have a dude to root for in the Green comp (w/ mad respect for Cav as a racer, sweet jesus)
*Bob Roll is a legit analyst now — 10 years ago more clown than legit — but now an awesome blend of “himself” but polished and intelligent and dialed
*Loving Monninger, solid . . . might put me to sleep over the course of an hour cuz he is so monotone and mellow but his content is rad, and he is of course closest to being a recent pro
*Paul and Phil as always are rocking . . . those guys can narrate my day
*NBC has def 100x’d the production values of the broadcast, just so much smoother and pleasing and entertaining beyond the race itself which itself is rad . . . I wonder if some pro producer isn’t behind a lot of the above?
*I love the Strava ads, damn makes me want to go ride in the middle of the night when I watch my DVR tour broadcasts :)
*Speaking of ads — noticing the quality of brand and ad is much higher — still the direct response “buy my buffalo gold coin” skank like you are watching late night TV — but again I wonder if NBC not having a big impact here because more high end ad dollars at work . . .
*Ariel views of european towns and structures are beautiful . . . compared to tour of california/america it is kind of embarrassing, the arial veiws of the average CA town are like a bunch of boxes and junk, comedy. I’ll have a big mac, a slurpee, a jamba juice, etc. Watching big euro races w/ multi-hour broadcasts just kind of narrates my evening, it’s my cheap culture fix for this dumb american
*Maybe I’m reading too much into things . . . and I love Horner and have mad respect on every level — but are he and Kloden pretty crispy w/ each other still — and is Horner a little bitter at having GC wings clipped? Seems like a Prologue and uphill stage one finish provided all the opportunity he could want to stay a ‘co-leader’ at least — but he dropped mad time on both? So . . . uh, yeah . . . sorry man is what it is
*Am I buying the hype or under the spell of the broadcast or something — or is the green jersey comp actually really compelling even now early in the race, maybe my bike fangeekdom is just fully blooming after 10 years of having a hard time getting excited about the sprinters/points comps