Well... if I had a notebook, I'd be emptying it right now.
- The UCI has a lot of flaws, and how they play to public perceptions is one of them. But I'm not ready to pile on them for serving up world titles to obvious, charismatic winners. Yes, it looks like last year was Mark Cavendish's from the get-go, just as this year seemed to always belong to Marianne Vos and Philippe Gilbert. But realistically, only in the case of Vos could you say that the organizers had the eventual winner in mind when designing the course. Sure, Gilbert and Cavendish before him seemed like guys being handed preconceived rainbows by the UCI, with courses laid out perfectly for them. And no, they aren't the only guys who were smiling at their respective venues, but both riders are guys whom you could see the UCI wanting to crown. Why wouldn't the world cycling body want to hitch its brand to Cavendish, the devilishly fast sprinter, or Gilbert, the dominant one-day rider for the hilly classics? But it doesn't make sense that the fix was in. The hosts pick the course, subject to UCI approval, and Copenhagen is as likely to rally around a mouthy Brit as Limburg is around a Belgian.
- That said, the fix was DEFINITELY in for Vos. And the world is a better place for it. No matter how dominant she is, you'd have to really be a hard-hearted beast or desperately tired of seeing her win to have any problems with Vos regaining the world title that has so painfully eluded her all these years.
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