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Re: 2020 the road map for cycling
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2013, 11:39 »
In my mind this kind of behaviour is yet more evidence that those in charge of cycling are wilfully ignoring or fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of the sport. Many of the changes seem to me like they have gone "What will work? Well, football is pretty successful, let's take a leaf out of their book."

This will not work. In football, teams do not "specialise" as they drop down the divisions; they still have the same basic goals and objectives. Manchester United and Reading, despite vast differences in size, approach each game and each season in much the same way. In each game they must score more than the opposition, and in each season they want nothing more than to simply win as many games as they can.

In cycling, things are different. Lotto and Euskaltel are both teams that would likely fit into the second tier under a new system, but are just very different squads with very different goals. Lotto are famous for taking a lax approach to the GTs, while the high mountains of the three week races are bread and butter for the Basque climbers.

Forcing all these teams to compete within 50 race days simply means that they are forced to spread their resources much less efficiently. It would be a crying shame if Lotto were packing the autobus in Catalunya while a decent Belgian race were taking place, just as it would be tragic to see a Carrot injured on the cobbles with an important stage race coming up.

Ultimately races and teams seem to do an awfully good job of matching themselves to each other without the UCI sticking their over-intrusive noses into things. Why we cannot just let everyone get on with what they do best instead of constantly forcing them to race in situations that they really aren't built for is utterly beyond me.

One thing is though there will be no cross over days of racing.

so Lotto´s A team could be training for a div 1 race when the climbers are in Spain earning points in the div 2 race
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