April 18, 2011 by Irish Peloton
PR killed the radio star
Earlier today on twitter I mentioned the contrast between Dan Martin’s opinion of radios in last month’s Pro Cycling magazine compared to this month’s Pro Cycling magazine.
He may have genuinely changed his mind. Then again he may also have been influenced by the Garmin-Cervelo public relations machine, we’ll probably never know. But with the big bust up today between the professional teams and the UCI, it’s hard not to be sceptical.
Anyway, here’s a couple of excerpts from Dan Martin’s column over the last two months:
Pro Cycling Magazine March 2011
“I’ve got to admit that I do dislike the tactical impact that radios have on races. Surprise attacks are often ruined by prior warning…”
“At the end of a day racing without radios, the only real difference we noticed was the delay in directors learning about mechanical problems and fallen riders.”
Pro Cycling Magazine April 2011
“I now feel better placed to present the arguments relating to the race radio ban, having had more experience racing without the dreaded earpieces!”
“The fact that we are making a stand [the UCI’s] dictatorial rulings is refreshing and although the UCI has previously implemented some effective regulations that has kept us safe and improved the sport, I think this is one rule too far.”
“Maybe we’re all afraid of change but after a few months, I’m happy to be racing in mainly World Tour events for the rest of the season. With my earpiece firmly in place.”