No ear phones but more data about the riders in Tours UCI survey results

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No Ear phones but extra data
No ear phones but more data about the riders in Tours UCI survey results

Cycling’s governing body is moving for changes in elite road racing, and highlights results from a recent survey to back its vision.

The results of the UCI’s recent unscientific fan survey revealed that many like the sport, but want more of everything — more TV, more action and more diversity.

In early July, the UCI offered up an informal online survey open to fans to offer their views on a variety of topics. The cycling governing body produced a report, available via this link

The UCI said more than 22,300 fans from 134 countries on the five continents participated in the survey. Some of the key takeaways:

>> 62 percent of participants actively ride bikes, 27 percent race, and 21 percent use a bike to commute.

>> About 70 percent say pro bike racing is “easy to understand,” and two-thirds say the rules are “not too complicated.”

>> When it comes to racing, about half say racing is too “predictable,” citing such causes as earpieces, power meters and team budgets.

>> Fans also were worried about a relatively small number of teams dominating the results, three-quarters said that the difference in budget between teams can make races “less interesting.”

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