Has anybody seen the rubric as far as how teams will qualify for the Team Time Trial? Obviously, there's no precedent, as it's a new event this year, and I can't seem to find the exact rubric anywhere else...help?
If they have a world championship in the team time trial, then the riders on the winning team should get world champions' jerseys to wear anytime they participate in one of those events for the next year. It's only fair. Though I would find a subtle way to differentiate the rainbow jersey for the ITT champion from those of the TTT champions, since both could be worn in a TTT.
The point of a world championship jersey is to stand out and recognize the person wearing it. But only the riders who actually rode for and won the world championship should get the jerseys. If there's a team time trial in the TDF, and only 4 of the 9 guys on Garmin or Sky are wearing rainbow jerseys, how is that any different from having half your team in national champion's jerseys? To me its no big deal and looks fine.
But the only special jerseys that should be worn during a team time trial are: the prize jerseys for that race, the national champion jerseys for ITT national champions, the ITT rainbow jersey, and the TTT rainbow jerseys. No TTT national champion jerseys, or we'll be swamped with strange and often ugly-looking kits on half the riders in the race.