The women’s Team Time Trial at the 2013 Road Cycling World Championships was filmed, but not included in the broadcast rights package, so no one could show it live.
This is a really big deal. It’s one of the few times the women get to race on the world stage - and for team sponsors to have the benefits of their involvement. For the UCI to decide that they only deserve a half-hour highlights package is not good enough. Please, if you can about women’s cycling, email these guys and ask them why they didn’t show the women - and what they’re planning to do in the future.
How The Race Was Won - UCI World Championships Women’s Road Race (by Cosmo Catalano)
It’s (understandably) very, very USA-based (skewed, even) - I’ve got to say, I’ve never ever understood Team USA’s yearly plan of working so hard on the front of the race, which helps everyone else*. Sure, it was good in the Giro this time, but damn it to hell, I wish I’d seen them for once making the Dutch and the Italians do all the work in the early laps, and leaving riders like the fantastic Megan Guarnier fresh for later, rather than looking after Abbott. Sigh.
Huge thanks Aerognome for pointing this out to me!
* UPDATE! Some of the commentators suggested it’s because USA riders aren’t used to racing in such a large, aggressive peloton, so they race hard on the front… which kind of makes sense, but not for riders like Small and Guarnier. They clearly were following the team plan, like good team-mates should, killing themselves on the front, but damn, they’d have been better use later…