With very little information to go on, the person writing the live feed of the Tour de Suisse time trial found their job pretty tough
It’s a tough time to be a British cycling fan who wants to watch a bit of Tour de Suisse action.
Despite being broadcast around Europe and the rest of the world, British Eurosport have chosen to air some tennis and superbikes on a day when Geraint Thomas could storm to victory in the final time trial.
Fear not, however, because the Swiss are on the ball – they’ve got a live ticker of all the action in both German and English.
The only problem is, though, the person writing the ticker seems to be as clueless about what’s going on as the rest of us – citing a dodgy radio transmission as the reason why.
But it’s great fun to watch.
“We apologise for the poor information on the live ticker,” the person wrote. “Once more, our radio connection is in some way very bad. We barely understand a word.”
Take a look at some of the highlights so far from Sunday’s stage.
1. It starts so well, announcing William Bonnet as the first man to descend the start ramp, but he bemoans the fact that the only timing point is over halfway into the 38.4km stage.
2. It starts to go downhill quite soon afterwards as home favourite Fabian Cancellara hits the couse and we discover there is in fact another timing checkpoint.
3. It doesn’t take long for the writer to farm the readers out to someone else, who appears to have a bit more information – four intermediate timing checks, for example
From that point on it seemed the writer was simply using that website to provide updates – and who can blame them?
The last thing you need on a busy Sunday shift, in a time trial where regular information is quite important, is a dodgy race radio.
It’s like Thomas Dekker’s Hour Record all over again.