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Old 07-09-09, 10:12 PM   #1
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In defense of the Versus Lance Tracker

I've heard a lot of bi**ing and moaning on BF about the Lance jersey tracker on the bottom of the screen during Versus coverage. The Lance tracker is a great idea. Do you people realize what Lance Armstrong does for worldwide interest in the TDF? Here, check out this google trends:

Notice how 2004/2005 has nearly double the number of queries compared to the post lance years? Its also worth noting that Versus' TDF ratings dropped over 50% in 2006, the year lance left.

Versus would be stupid not to have "Lance Tracker" when half the people are tuning in just to see him.
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Old 07-12-09, 04:43 PM   #2
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The Lance tracker is a great idea. Do you people realize what Lance Armstrong does for United States interest in the TDF? [/URL]
Fixed it for ya.
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Old 07-12-09, 06:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
Fixed it for ya.
And here are the results for the search "tour de france" from within France herself:

check it out here

I think the French actually missed Lance--he's someone they just love to hate.
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Totally agree. Smart move by Versus financially to focus on Lance. As someone who wants to see the best rider on the road win, it does get a bit annoying to hear them talk about him 24x7. Contador is pulling away on a steep climb and all they talk about is Lance "blocking for him".

However, I'm glad Vs shows cycling and if that's what it takes to make it affordable, I thank them.
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