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Charlie Wegelius

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by rich p, 10 Mar 2008.

  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    How come he gets so little mention in the British press and media despite his considerable achievements? He did some sterling work in the Giro IIRC but is a virtual unknown over here.
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I wouldn't really say so. He did get plenty of coverage in the TdF in many papers, mainly the times
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    It seems to me he gets quite a few mentions via the internet that I see, but much as we like cycling it's not really big news in the UK UNLESS it's bad news then they really go to town and blow out of all proportion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Simple really - the UK media audience largely doesn't understand cycle racing. The media is only interested in stage and GC winners since that's all the British public understand. The fall-out after the '05 worlds didn't help either.

    I agree with you though - Wegelius is a very very good rider and probably deserves better.
     
  5. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    He isn't on the radar because he races abroad for a smallish foreign team. Where's the interest to the average reader?

    He doesn't race for Britain (and nor is he ever likely too again) and of course he hasn't got the BC press office behind him.
     
  6. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    He was the person who e/ingrained himself in Italian society and as Dave says rides for relatively small italien teams.
     
  7. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    but he does race for a adopted british team
     
  8. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    He's never really won anything and for people who don't follow cycling, you can't blame them for failing to see what's so good about someone who 'lets other people win' :biggrin:
     
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    :rolleyes: Italian.

    And my point was that he won't race for GB again.
     
  10. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    when did he move from Barloworld?

    HA HA, ignore me, I'm getting mixed up with that other british rider who's name I've now forgotten
     
  11. girofan

    girofan New Member

    Right Dave. A true professional. Didn't let patriotism overide commercial advantage at the World's, so now persona non grata with BC.
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Yeah, great career move, that. ;)