In his latest blog, Cervélo boss Gerard Vroomen is suggesting one way of improving cycling would be to get rid of team cars altogether.
I'm intrigued by this. I recently got to ride in the Horizon team car at the Luxembourg races, and as car 22, we really were a long way away from the front end of the race - getting up to a rider, on the winding roads, wasn't exactly simple.... so in the Grand Tours, where there could be 40 team cars, as well as the other vehicles that come with the race, does he have a point?
Of course, as a bike maker, "it also incentivizes teams to use equipment that can take a beating" is an obvious advantage. But he's got an interesting perspective, being involved with the team, but not part of the team management, and from his blogs and tweets, he's clearly been thinking about the sport from all kinds of angles.
In the comments, people put disadvantages (being worried about being fed bad food etc) but it's this that makes me interested...
There is no advantage to being "in the race" if that means looking at a team car in front of you and a team car behind you. They rarely get close to the riders and when they do, that's exactly when the problems occur. Put them in a central location, with good TV access, good communication tools and even the chance for the media to interview all of them during the race. THAT's entertaining.
What do you think?