LA VUELTA TAMBIÉN October 3, 2008Posted by wetalkhablamos in cycling fans, vuelta a espana.
Photograph © Team Astana
I noticed this photo of folks from the Kazakh embassy waving their flags at the Vuelta finish-line. I saw these flags too, after the race, from the other side of the Plaza de Cibeles. It was the only obvious Astana support there. What a shame.
There are also finish-line photos of fans waving blue, blow-up batons. This is a fix for the cameras. We were 200m away, not that far, and there was nothing for aficionados to take away from the race. No programme, no merchandise, no memorabilia, no giveaways. Just a few moments of cycle racing.
And maybe that should be enough, but I don’t think it is. Not at an elite, professional sporting event in 2008.