Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov bites the gold medal while posing for photographs with Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, left, silver, and Alexander Kristoff, right, with the bronze, after winning the Men’s Road Cycling Race at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (via Photo from AP Photo)
Now he can retire…
Unfortunately I have to have my rant about the BBC’s coverage of the race which was absolutely abismal - no times, no rider information, bad camera work (who wants to see an arial shot of Hampden Court when there is 10K to go?!?).
However, even more appalling was the news headlines after the race: “Cavendish loses out”. Shouldn’t that be “Vinokourov wins”? Also, it’s shameful that they state “…instead a convicted drug user won. Not what Britain or the organisers wanted”. Tom Simpson was British? Is that really the conversation that they want to have? I don’t think Vinokourov or many others in the race today would have been there if they hadn’t done the time to fit the crime according the UCI and IOC rules. That’s not why Cav lost today and he’d the the first to explain why.
But, clearly the BBC knows everything there is to know about road cycling since last weekend and Bradley Wiggins’ TDF win, right? This was best evidenced by the post race interview with Vinokourov by some idiot from the BBC who stated “everyone seemed to be riding against Team GB today, would you agree?” The best part of his puzzled response in which he referred to Team Sky instead of Team GB. He seemed puzzled that the interviewer didn’t seem to understand that this is how road races work - everyone was letting the Brits do the work for them thanks to the huge pressure put on them by the BBC and in turn the public.
Not even a day since the opening ceremony and already the BBC and shitting all over the spirit of the games on behalf of the British public. Remember that the world is watching and that this is the Olympics.