So I was watching the Geelong round of the womens UCI world cup today on cycling.tv, and I couldn't help but feel that the women, regardless of their physical characteristics, race in a style very different from male professionals.
Example 1: When one woman jumps across or starts a break, it seems like she rarely gets any company. Why?
Example 2: The big teams never seem to put anyone in the breaks. If they do, it's in response to a break, not initiating one. If they have the firepower to burn, why not get people up the road left and right?
Example 3: Oenone Wood, who is a bad ass, literally rode away from the entire peloton on the climb. It was only about 1k long. How does that happen?
Example 4: Terrible rotation/cooperation in breaks. Maybe they were all tired but whenever a break would get a lead, it seemed like they all had trouble keeping a smooth rotation going.
I noticed a bit of most of these in the women's races I saw this summer. I realize the testosterone effect is not in play, but they just seem to let the race come to them instead of taking it by the horns. Is it just a difference in mentality or is the depth (talent pool) just not there, and the same people always win the races?