Friday, February 23, 2007

T of C, no Floyd Landis, but lots of ads

So I watched the last 2 nights of VS. coverage of the Tour of California. No mention of Floyd Landis last night, but on Wednesday, they had a, oh maybe 2 minute interview that didn't really say anything. Kind of like, "yeah, we know Landis won last year and we know he's here at the race, but do we really have to talk to him."

Anyway, on Wednesday night I started to think that there were more ads and irrelevant commentary than actual race coverage, so last night I timed it.

As geeky as I am I timed the whole 1 hour, here it is, starting at 10:00 pm:

0:00 - 4:10 Recap from day before and preview
4:10 - 5:40 Racing - start of race
5:40 - 8:40 ADS
8:40 - 9:40 Bob Roll talking about the rain
9:40 - 14:10 Racing
14:10 - 17:10 ADS
17:10 - 19:50 Racing
19:50 - 22:20 Chris Horner profile
22:20 - 24:50 Racing under the title "Discovery Sets the Pace"
24:50 - 27:50 ADS
27:50 - 30:00 Racing
30:00 - 31:20 AD - Amgen Breakaway Mile Charity
31:20 - 32:30 Racing
32:30 - 35:00 ADS
35:00 - 40:10 Racing- at 35:10 there were 8 mi. left in the race
40:10 - 43:10 ADS
43:10 - 48:00 Racing- the finale, Bettini eeks it out.
48:00 - 52:00 ADS
52:00 - 60:00 Recap, Podium, Leipheimer interview, Preview of TT.

S0 that's about 25 minutes of racing, 15 minutes of recap and preview and 20 minutes of ADS.

I know, I'm supposed to be grateful that there's any coverage at all, but what a bunch of BS.

Impressions from the race:

1. Leipheimer is the shortest guy on Discovery
2. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-mobile would have beat Bettini if he didn''t sprint with his head bouncing up and down like some 1980s head banger.

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