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Old 07-26-21, 03:12 AM
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Olympic cycling shocker

TLDR--Unknown solo rider breaks away and the favorites lose count, not realizing she is still a couple minutes ahead of the main pack.

https://sports.yahoo.com/anna-kiesen...ycsrp_catchall



She is a time trialer who trains part time without team support. She represented Austria by herself in the road race after winning a qualifier back at home. She broke away with a group of five to get out to a ten minute lead. She then broke away from the other four. The favorites behind her then though they were in the lead when they caught up to the other four. Without the use of radios, nobody could alert them that there was still one more to catch. The second place finisher thought she had won the race when she crossed the line.
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Old 07-26-21, 03:55 AM
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Yes, no radios. That's the ticket.
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Old 07-26-21, 07:23 AM
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Such a great story and crazy ending with Van Vleuten thinking she was in the lead and had won gold. This was the rider that went down hard in Rio in 2016 while leading the race,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/37550889

and had overcome going down earlier in this race yesterday, unable to avoid a rider ahead of her who went into one of those crevices in the road that also came into play in the men's race. What a hard luck Olympic story she has to tell. She's obviously tough though, so maybe '24 will be her year.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympi...nishing-second
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I wish they'd stop using radios in all the pro races, just let them pay attention to what's going on. That would make it much more interesting. They already know the course (or courses) since its been thoroughly scouted out for problem areas, so just let the riders use their 'street smarts' about when to break away or pull back. When they plead 'safety' I'd say there are enough team cars following to help out with crashes or other contingencies.

Anyway, great ride by the Austrian rider.
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Old 07-26-21, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I wish they'd stop using radios in all the pro races, just let them pay attention to what's going on. That would make it much more interesting. They already know the course (or courses) since its been thoroughly scouted out for problem areas, so just let the riders use their 'street smarts' about when to break away or pull back. When they plead 'safety' I'd say there are enough team cars following to help out with crashes or other contingencies.

Anyway, great ride by the Austrian rider.
I wish the TDF and similar big cycling events got rid of all motorized vehicles on the course intermixed with the cyclists except for the minimum necessary for safety and perhaps camera vehicles necessary for broadcasting TV (which pays the bills) and certainly NOT allow any physical or electronic contact at all between cyclists and whatever vehicles are still on the course unless it is an ambulance and the cyclist is within. Watching the TdF on TV resembles watching a NASCAR race with all the motor vehicles on the track.
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Old 07-26-21, 11:22 PM
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Yeah, I've heard critiques by cycling pundits about the men's and women's Olympic road races, attributing the confused tactics to lack of radio communication.

It's interesting to see how quickly those old school communication methods were lost after radios were permitted -- domestiques dropping back to the team car for coaching, or checking handheld signs along the route. I suppose some of that is still familiar to some track racers.

It does seem to favor strong breakaway riders, time trialists like Kiesenhofer. Good for her.

From a fan's perspective, it's more interesting to see if teams can work out tactics on the fly, with only old school communications.
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