abbaskip wrote:You look back when Ullrich narrowly lost to Lance Armstrong in 2003, the Team Time Trial Team Telekom lost by 1'30", Ullrich ended up losing the tour by just over a minute. ie. The difference between Ullrich and Armstrong was the Team Time Trial. When you consider that Ullrich blitzed Armstrong in the first individual time trial, and narrowly lost the final time trial (after falling off - taking risks trying to make up the minute deficit) I think this is a really good example of why the Team Time Trial changes results.
The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.
The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago
And yet when we look at the issue of the UCI points system, many of the critics wish for more recognition of the team.abbaskip wrote:A Grand Tour GC should be about the best rider, not the best team. Teams will always influence results, but they shouldn't have as much control as they do in the Team Time Trial.
swuzzlebubble wrote:And yet when we look at the issue of the UCI points system, many of the critics wish for more recognition of the team.
EG There have been suggestions for the team, rather than the rider, to get points such that he cannot take them to a new team and/or for points earned in a race to be split amongst all riders of the team rather than just those that finish off the work for a result.
So given the current juxtaposition of teams being within what is technically an individual sport, a team time trial, if nothing else, serves to resolve that, imo.
abbaskip wrote:What does everyone think of the TTT in a Grand Tour?
Whilst it's a good spectacle, I don't like it. It gives even more advantage to those riders with strong teams, rather than the strongest rider in my eyes.
Capablanca and me wrote:IMO, GTs need TTT, and a bit longer than nowdays, something over 40 km
Swifty's Cakes wrote:I like short TTT's for the spectacle but anything over 20k and they have too much bearing on the overall.