I might run a series of 1980s nostalgia on here but for the likes of Bruyneel and Riis, it’s like 2004 all over gain. Why? Well they are blocking certain journalists from interviews and access according to cyclismag.com.
Back then several reporters were on a list held by team staff with strict orders to freeze them out, all because they’d ask awkward questions or print interviews with “annoying” voices like Greg Lemond, Antoine Vayer or other critics and skeptics. Team CSC’s Brian Nygaard even went as far as having several lists, categorising reporters as “friends”, “sympathetic”, “annoying” and even “dangerous”. Not so much a blacklist as shades of grey.
Fast forward to today and Saxo Bank are blocking France Télévision’s Jean-René Godart – he of the camp eyelashes – after he gave too much airtime to the rumours of Cancellara’s electric bike. Meanwhile French radio station RMC is being blocked by Team Radioshack and the team as a whole has been avoiding press conferences, surprising when free publicity and the chance to get your message across is normally something teams and sponsors can only dream of outside the Tour de France. It’s odd when France’s biggest sports radio station and its national broadcaster have to rely on Twitter for access.