By: Gregor Brown (Ita/Usa – Cycling Weekly, Velonews)
Internet: There should be an inexpensive internet option for the written journalists. RCS is one of the few, perhaps the only, organiser that charges for internet. Cost, 12 a day or 80 for the week.
Food: The press buffet was well organised on most days. The journalists appreciate this because it saves them time from looking for food in local restaurants.
For the future, having coffee available in the press room would be a appreciated.
Pressrooms: The pressrooms were well organised but for one day, stage six. The bus was two kilometres away and down the hill. Making matters worse, Peter Sagan skipped the mixed zone where journalists were waiting for him.
Bus parking: It remains one of the biggest concern. They need to be close to the finish or pressroom every day for the finishes. At the start, they should be close as well if possible. More needs to be done in conjunction with the teams press officers to arrange for the riders to come out of their buses earlier at the starts. And to make them available at the finishes.
Accreditation: The accreditation system remains a little confusing. We suggest a system like ASO or the Flanders Classics. With patience, it works, however.
Press releases: Please stop sending all the press conferences Q&As and audio file in the e-mails. It is an injustice to the journalists who are paid to be at the races and take the time to set through the press conferences.