There is no team sport like cycling, that is as pathetic and despicable. IF it's a team sport, then the TEAM should be on the podium. And also it should be about who has the overall best TEAM. It shouldn't be about having a few people do their job, but really at the finish line there is just two people, example Mark Cavendish and Mark Renfaul with HTC, rest of the HTC team is nowhere.
This is how it should be. The TEAM with the lowest overall score wins. Which means the team that has the overall best time. This would be as expected of team racing. In cross country, it was the TEAM with overall best times, lowest score wins. In a relay, TEAM with overall lowest time wins, now who has the lowest time, just happens in relay it's in relay format.
There isn't any doubt that cycling is in a way a team sport. A really demented one. But Mark Cavendish or Wiggle can't win without a team, frankly they probably have a hard time finishing top 10 without a good team, being sprinters. If that is the case, then this should be about team.
I wonder how many else agree with me and find cycling as a team sport is demented. One leader, one sprinter takes all the glory on the podium. It's not Sky on the podium, it's Wiggle, just Wiggle. And maybe, dunno, another team actually had the overall lowest score and best performance as a whole, they may not even be on the podium.
That sucks, that's dumb. Really really really dumb.
If people want to see sprinters taking all the glory, then they should just have individual races for sprinters to battle it out. That's what track and field and swimming does. You have individual races for sprinters to take glory. Then you have TEAM events, where team members who may not have been good enough to qualify for individual event, but damn good to complete the TEAM and win as a TEAM.
Can you imagine if the USA wins in Hockey because player A had the most goals even though as a TEAM, Russia had the most goals? That's cycling. Really really really really dumb.
Is there another racing TEAM sport where you see person A attacking and then when job done, with finish line 200m away, just gives up, rides to the sides and let just ONE person go ahead and win it? Just gives up, doesn't try, doesn't pedal hard anymore, doesn't care if he comes in last place, doesn't care if he crashes and does no finish? REALLY REALLY REALLY DUMB.
More I read and more I watch cycling TEAM races, more I'm dumbfounded at how DUMB this TEAM sport is. The stupidity of it astounds me. I don't think there is anything in any Team athletic sport/hobby or game that is as stupid as cycling. I really don't think any other TEAM sport comes even close to how dumb cycling is as a TEAM sport.