What's in a name ...
Why don’t professional cyclists have their names on their jerseys like other sports? In other sports the players not only have their names but also a large identification number. Think Michael Jordan's number 23. And, it’s the same number for every game. In addition to the name and number, many athletes are easily recognized by the position they play. A quarterback, a goalie or a pitcher are quickly recognized by their position on the field. All this makes for a better spectator experience.
Cycling is not a spectator friendly sport. A peloton riding at 25 mph hidden by helmets and sunglasses makes it impossible to spot your favorite riders. Making it even more difficult is having 100+ cyclists packed together in a group; there are no set positions in cycling. Only on the steepest climbs at the end of a race are the riders spread out enough and going slow enough to recognize individuals. Television coverage helps but it’s still not easy. Announcers Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin do an admirable job commentating races but even they struggle with getting the riders right.
Putting riders’ names on their jerseys would add excitement and improve the overall enjoyment of watching our favorite sport and athletes.
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