I'm behind as I've been watching the Veulta, so I've only seen part of the prologue (I hate time trials, zzzzzz) and stage 1, which was mostly just a video of a flag waving in the wind.
The end of Stage 1 reminded me of the small town I grew up in...tractors everywhere and the guy that kept holding up the motor home sales sign at the finish line was funny.
I'm downloading the Eurosport HD copies from cyclingtorrents. I don't think there was local coverage, or at least I never found it. I will update this later when I've seen everything. However, it sounds like a lot of people are complaining about the same things I complained about during the Tour of Utah - two hours of air time and only 45 minutes of racing, while the rest is interviews, podiums, and a commercial for tourism. I get it, but if I wanted to learn about Utah tourism, I'd google it - I'm watching a bike race for the bike race.
In general, I'd like to revamp all cycling coverage. It drives me nuts when the commentators just ramble on about anything rather than what you're actually seeing on the screen. The guys have numbers, is it that hard to have a list of names and a write-up for each rider. When the camera is on said rider, the commentator could tell us more about that rider. I've complained about this in the past. I also don't understand why there aren't more video clips, replays, etc, especially when there's bad weather or delays in the coverage. I don't need to see people walking around the finish line, or an aerial view of the parking lot, why don't they show what happened at the last sprint, or replays of action from the day before. When I watch football, there is a constant stream of information being displayed on the screen, when there's a break in the action, I'm notified of whats happening in other games, the commentators are talking about the players and the teams and what they need to be doing throughout the game...constant information. During a bike race, I hear ramblings about the country side or that there is a lull in the action due to bad weather and then hear about the weather for next half hour. I sometimes wonder if this is why people could care less about pro cycling in America - if you don't love riding a bike yourself, you have no interest in watching others ride a bike and hearing about the rain for 2 hours. Tell viewers about strategies, the reasoning behind the different riders in a team, etc. I spent my entire lunch yesterday explaining to coworkers the point of teams in pro cycling. When I had finished, they were all more interested and were looking up various things on youtube. I felt like I had done my civic cycling duty.
Hey guys, lets go play bikes! Strava