The main point is the level of control that a power meter can give you. If someone attacks it gives you a point of reference and from there you can establish how you should react / respond. Everything becomes very calculated and riders no longer race on pure instinct.
MikeyT, real question, do you race bicycles? (not a jab at you), I am merely implying that real life doesn't happen like this.
lets remove speedometers from and rev counters from motorsport. 'a driver should be able to 'feel' how fast he or she is going in the corner'.... lets make racing about instincts.
this is not a looking at head unit thing, this is a team sky has a 'strength' having 1 or 2 members of their team that are just making other PROs look like amateur hour. I doubt anyone is so precise (not to mention our own tools aren't that precise) to distinguish between 6.6 vs 6.5, and 'if i ride at 6.5, then my competitor will still be able to hang in there'. The difference is large between froome and others. So large that i personally dont think a power meter would change the way any of them ride or even the outcome of the tour, but certainly there isn't any 'real' reason to remove them. Just as there isn't a reason to remove aero fabric, or new helmets, or bike frames.
flashback to when i was actually good at something, but in highschool soccer (futbol, football for you international blokes), we had the coach's son who would throw a ball in from inside of the opposing team's half into the box. We essentially had a corner kick any time we had a throw in. Sure wasn't pretty, and i hated playing like this being a center midfield as we were 'playing' for a throw in all game. We were called out by other teams, they knew it was coming, they still didn't do anything about it. We continued to get throw in, score goals, and win championships. 4 in a row to be exact and we were at one point ranked #7 in the country for high school soccer teams. It would be stupid to not use a team's strength to succeed. Just as it would be silly to change the rules of a sport simply because it wasn't entertaining to spectators. Different conversation if a team cheated to 'obtain' their strength....
maybe you all can join spectating with this guy if you are boared