Tour 2020: Otro bodrio

Lo que no mejora, empeora. Cada año volvemos a sentarnos ante el televisor con las mismas ganas, la misma ilusión: ver un Tour de Francia emocionante. Ni siquiera épico, si no «disfrutable». Y cada año es la misma bofetada de realidad. Si acaso, bofetada aumentada, con más fuerza y dureza. Apenas se han «disputado» 6 etapas de esta edición 2020 y los aficionados al ciclismo ya andamos cabizbajos. El Tour 2020 es otro bodrio sideral.

Hace años que la ronda gala carece de competitividad alguna, y se hunde estrepitosamente para sorpresa de todos los que hacemos rentable el negocio. Es más, el tedio se prolonga interminablemente porque las horas televisadas son mucho mayores que antaño, cuando apenas dos o tres etapas se emitían íntegras.

Pero cada verano volvemos a caer en el mismo error. Esperamos que pase lo que sabemos que no pasará. Asistimos incrédulos a la dictadura instaurada en el pelotón, que minimiza o incluso anula cualquier atisbo de esperanza. ¿Por qué a la carrera ciclista de mayor renombre mundial se le resta espectáculo? ¿Y por qué son los protagonistas, principalmente, los que incentivan que esto ocurra? Cabe hacerse muchas preguntas de similar estilo, pero se antoja difícil encontrar una respuesta.

¿Qué hace Tony Martin en la primera etapa pidiendo calma a diestro y siniestro? Además, con aspavientos impropios de él en otra época. ¿Qué espera que suceda con tal lamentable espectáculo? Sería interesante recordarle que él vive del negocio del ciclismo, ese que se sustenta con la ilusión de los aficionados que siguen las pruebas por TV, y muy especialmente el Tour. ¿Qué buscan equipos que no van a luchar la general del Tour sin meter a un solo hombre en la fuga? Sin ir más lejos, ¿qué hace Movistar en esta carrera? ¿Quién demonios está en los coches y por qué no les gusta el ciclismo?

Desconozco qué planes de vida pueden tener estos profesionales cuando los aficionados, cada vez menores, dejen de sentarse a ver la TV y las audiencias bajen. Porque no nos engañemos, no van a enganchar a las nuevas generaciones con este comportamiento. A ver cómo les contamos a chavales de 16, 18 o 20 años que el ciclismo es uno de los deportes más emocionantes que hay. Que mezcla esfuerzo, compromiso, táctica, juego de equipo, etc. Que te mantiene en vilo durante varias horas delante de la televisión, 21 días seguidos. Que hemos visto etapas íntegras desde bien pequeños, con luchas de más de 70 km para formar la escapada y donde caían minutadas día sí, día también. Claro, les contamos esa milonga y luego les ponemos la etapa del monte Aigoual de hoy.

Y en esta ocasión no vamos a meternos en demasía con los organizadores, pues cualquier recorrido que hayan diseñado ha sido ultrajado por sus protagonistas. Se han reducido las etapas de más de 200 km, se han eliminado las contrarrelojes llanas largas (este año, incluso las cortas), se prescinde de puertos de paso encadenados en las etapas importantes de Alpes y Pirineos, se ha reducido el número de corredores por equipo. Todo ello siempre con el objetivo de ofrecer itinerarios más interesantes para que los corredores se brinden a competir. Y nunca pasa nada. De hecho, cada vez pasa menos, aunque parezca imposible.

Lo que antes era ocasional, se ha convertido en rutina. El Tour de Francia (del ciclismo en su conjunto podemos hablar otro día) sigue agonizando. Sus clientes de siempre sabemos que el producto es cada vez menos atractivo, aunque nos lo quieran vender como una prueba de esfuerzo sobrehumano y gloriosa lucha.

Apenas podemos salvar a un pequeño puñado de corredores que han decidido hacer frente a esta moda estúpida de no hacer absolutamente nada en tres semanas, buscando en el mejor de los casos ser 15º en la clasificación general. Merece la pena nombrar por ello a hombres como De Gendt, Rolland, Cousin, Pogaçar y Evanepoel (de momento), Barguil, Aru.

Seguiremos esperando, ilusos de nosotros, un mínimo atisbo de competencia en las dos semanas que quedan. Si no pedimos tanto ya. A estas alturas, nos conformamos con que ciclistas y directores honren el deporte que les alimenta. Y seguro que desde esporteando.es volvemos a escribir sobre este Tour 2020, que es un bodrio de dimensiones antológicas.

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