Would the Tour be better without the numbers
By Numbers I mean power meters, HRMs, Radios, etc.
Now, don't get me wrong, I loved seeing Sky dominate this year. It was a amazing.
However two things from this years Tour made me think it may be a little more exciting without 'The Numbers'.
First was Bradley in an interview commenting that they didn't jump on some of the attacks because they read the power output they were making and knew that the guy up the road would never sustain the wattage required to get away and stay away. Clever stuff and certainly one of the 'marginal gains' Brailsford talks of.
Second was the sight of Tommy V away on stage 16. He won in a remarkable fashion. No computer on his bars, no Power meter to read either. Just him, on his bike (ok, he probably had radio). The point here is he was reliant on his knowledge of himself and his craft. It painted a romantic picture of a true champion who just 'knows'.
So my proposal is simple. Get rid of the bike gadgets and ensure the riders decisons on effort are based on their knowledge, race craft and intuition. It may give us more rides in the style of Tommys, more feats of daring-do and probably more failed valient attempts. All round better viewing I think.