- Fact: In 2008, Mark Cavendish did not win until stage 5
- Fact: In 2010, Mark Cavendish did not win until stage 5
Scoreboard journalism means basing your judgement solely on the outcome of a race or game rather than the processes within.
Cavendish doesn’t win the sprint of stage 3, so he’s considered “not in form”. But if you’re going to engage in scoreboard journalism, at least look at the right scoreboard. I would suggest it’s the one I wrote above. Better still, forget the scoreboard, look at the process, and you’ll see that yesterday he came from nowhere to finish 5th. He probably had the fastest final 100m of any rider. So opponents beware.
More bad news for the competition, it seems that Cavendish is already getting fed up with all the arm chair experts. His “interview” with Belgian TV yesterday was rather telling:
Q: “Mark, can you take us through the roles for all your teammates in the lead-out train”
A: “They all ride in one line to the finish full gas”
Q: “But the individual roles, for example what will Eisel do”
A: “Yeah, he is one of them”
Q: “Who are your biggest opponents”
A: “We only look at ourselves” (for comedic effect, it would be perfect had he said “Hushovd is 1 meter 90 I think”)
It was actually really funny, though the commentators couldn’t make much of it. But a fed up Cav also means he needs an outlet for an X-rated victory salute or just to show the critics who’s right. So look out (except if you’re a commissaire, then you may want to look the other way).
How many stages do you think the various sprinters will win, and who will take home the green jersey? LEt me know in the comments section or via twitter @gerardvroomen.
From the legal department: I had no actual journalist in mind while writing any of the above, I love you all. And no sprinters were hurt in the making of this blog.