Fool's Gold | Women's Olympic Road Race 2021 | The Butterfly Effect w/ Chris Horner
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Get rid of all radios
This race provided excitement and uncertainty with Kiesenhofer being the better athlete. Sure the Dutch may be faster, stronger but we all know it’s so much more than that. No radios is much better in my opinion. Offical cars / motorbikes with time gaps, yes. Once on the road riders and teams needs to sort themselves out.
Can we stop pretending that women’s cycling is interesting or even has tactics?
Dutch team undeserved the medal ,they race in team in individual race?????? ,Kiesenhofer from austria deserve all plaudits.
Pass the dutchie pon the left hand side,
Pass the dutchie pon the left hand side
thanks for reminding about this one hit wonder by Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie.
This is such a great overview and summary, thanks!
But also: no radios please. This is exactly what made it an exciting and unpredictable race. The Dutch riders were caught out not being able to think for themselves.
I disagree with race radios. It’s a race ( that’s the point ) and may the best rider and tactics win, not a coach talking in the riders ear the whole time. It wasn’t a disaster at the end for Anna! She raced and left nothing on the table.
And this is the reason radio’s shouldn’t be used. Keep track of your competition and just race. All you need are count down clocks throughout the race that start when the leader passes that point…enough said.
I remember the men’s race 2012. Everybody left it to team GB to do the work for the peleton. Alexander Vinokourov from Kazakhstan won from the breakaway group. No Brits to be seen.
I would rather have drama and unpredictability.
Thank goodness the radio is not allowed or this race would become totally a tactic game and fully of the coverage bull shit. So happy to see a hard working self trained Austrian lady won the gold medal! What a inspiration!
After this exciting and gripping race, which Anna Kiesenhofer deservedly won, it should be clear that rrace radio should generally no longer be permitted in bicycle races. A rider should be able to read the race by his own.
Great summary, but I disagree with the conclusion. You do want the amateurs to have a chance as well, hence radio not a great idea. Imagine If you run a 10000m race at the Olympics – and you lose count how many lap’s you have run and think you finished after 9600 m…….
Anna delivered more joules per kg than anybody else. Drafted the least. Biggest effort = biggest prize. simple.
I disagreed with that, I think race radio shouldn’t be allowed in the race. I never care about the bicycling sport, and I also didn’t know road race is a team sport instead of an individual sport , since only one person get the gold medal , not the whole Dutch team? No matter how I think the Dutch team is a sore loser , they try to slow down other opponents in an individual sport , instead of riding faster. And when they loose , then they are blaming they should have radio communication? After knowing their tactic, it make me feel like the dutch team have 0 sportsmanship. Again the road bike event is not a team event by any definition, it is just like running a marathon.
At the end of the day, this is an individual event, not a team event.
Chris; as an off-topic FYI: Thymen Arensman (‘Eagle Man’) got his first Pro win in the Tour of Poland in the (mountain) TT today and also got to 2nd in the GC.
Was this a TEAM race?
Did a TEAM get a medal?
So what are we talking about?
This was a superb underdog story the people need very much, to restore belief in honest and competitive sport.
I am not sure it is acceptable to call them Dutchies.
You know the old saying – Out of sight, out of mind.
This race has proved one thing Kiesenhofer’s heroic performance was possible because of the lack of ‘team radios’ , which when the UCI allowed into cycling, ripped the heroism out of the sport… Allowing teams to receive radio guidance had ruined the sport. Well done Ms. Keisenhofer! Olympic road cycling in now better than any of the ‘overblown crap’ the UCI has to offer…
Lack of radios seems to be a small contributing factor as with those other shortcomings you have mentioned. Seem like you are a fan of the Dutch team and you were rooting for them. Have you consider the root cause for their loss is their own complacency?
Don’t look down the amateur!!!!!!
@Danfuerth Gillis Yeah, but that’s only half the story. On Sunday (July 25), the Dutch team didn’t take notice of Anna and lost track of her. Game theory is a field in applied mathematics. Anna knows her ability at ascending, and by the way she is pretty good at descending too. Due to her dislike of riding in the bunch and a course that matched her well, she planned the breakaway. It was Anna’s only chance of winning. It involved some luck, but she was brilliant.
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Best moment of the Olympics!! Great win. No way, excuses excuses the mathematician kicked their ASS!! It would be so cool if races had more to do with the human then technology. It was a great day for the human.
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Chris, watching your show you seem to always talk up technology and tactics and leave very little room for the greatness of the sport which is beating the odds and doing something more then following the scrip doing something great!!!
Don’t agree radios should not be allowed in any races. Participants should use their own brains like any other sport.
Shameful reporting not giving due credit to the winner, even not bothering to pronounce her name correctly. Better racing without radios too.
if this race shows the potential effects of not having race radio, I want that all the time as a fan. no power data either, while we’re at it. The defense of race radios in this segment is kind of baffling, and the first time I’ve disliked Horner’s analysis.
I disagree with you Chris: Race radio should never be allowed. It leads to too much “strategery”, which is actually ruining the grand tours. Thank you to Kiesenhofer and the Olympics for reminding us what raw effort and situational awareness should mean in cycling.
The drama wasn’t the Austrian’s fault nor problem.
Not having race radios goes both way, Kiesenhofer doesn’t know how far ahead she is and the dutch team with so many riders could have at least one of them keeping track of how many riders are ahead of them
I loved this race! It was so exciting!
Not sure race radios helped Jasper Philipsen realize he was only 2nd on TdF stage 4 2022.
Chris, I get your point though, but I actually enjoyed there were no radios in the Olympics. It made Carapaz’ win amazing too. The Wout&Tadej and Co. group thought that they would reel in Richi Carapaz, but they underestimated him and without radios, they had to do their own estimations.
That’s just racing. The same style that amateurs do it. Kiesenhofer did her estimations correctly, the Dutch did not
Hi Chris, just caught this one 7 months late. The Dutch women had 4 stars but not a team. It might be better to select 1 star and have 3 domestiques willing to work for her. Great coverage
I think the top 20 or 30 elite women are quite dismissive towards the rest. I think the Dutch and Lizzie Deignan were offended that the winner had upset their little clique.
Road is same for all racers.
Everyone have their bike
Distance and Route is same for everyone.
That’s it.. Everything else is an excuse for the loss.
its Anna from Austria the winner. PERIOD.
A true winner anticipates every possible mistake and makes sure none never happens to her.
its good when there is no radio with the raceresult …
This clearly shows how ridiculous this race was. The only people who Kiesenhofer should thank is the dutch team for their stupidity. Notice where Kiesenhofer was in the Individual Time Trial race? So where was that dominance?. This will never happen again as I said already this was the most embarrassing cycling race I have ever seen. Kiesenhofer would of been decimated if the Dutch team actually raced. Even the peleton slowed down to the dutch pace.
One of the greatest performances and victories, not only in cycling but in Olympics history.
Forget the Dutch and forget your radios.
Give credit to Anna because she planned her attack, executed it perfectly and deserves nothing but respect for her success.
This is an individual event so it’s up to everyone to keep track of that themselves. If this were a team event, then why was Austria a one rider show? Having radios in an individual event only to aid teams is not the answer.
Radio shouldn’t use in individual race,every single racer should individual .Actually dutch team cheated the race by racing in team ,not individual
Yea Chris! What a great breakdown of the race! As a long time road race fan I kind liked no radios. I guess I see your point but because no radios they paid a price for being knuckle heads and the under dog won. Pretty awesome and I watched it live!
No race radio – WEAK excuse!!! The Dutch team showed up with a entitled attitude with no respect for the competition. Ana showed up alone and committed to a plan from the start. She knew what she was up against and was all in. That is a winner’s attitude. No video of the Dutch team congratulating Ana after the race. See the the problem Chris.
You advocate that the cyclists are just donkeys at the command of the fat controller?
Best event of the Olympics this year and this genius wanted to totally ruin it via radios