Since we're discussing it. Apparently at least some riders are trying to come up with solutions as well.
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Some interesting points. I don't know if he reads the forum, but this is literally a point i have raised many times:Since we're discussing it. Apparently at least some riders are trying to come up with solutions as well.
Van Emden said:3-kilometre rule
"The 3-kilometre rule [whereby if there's a crash in the last three kilomtres of a stage, all riders get the finish time of the group they were in when the crash occurred] should always apply on flat stages. The time is taken three kilometres from the finish so that classification riders and their teammates do not have to sprint [against stage contenders] right before the finish line."
I've been in favor of completely doing away with timedifferences for the final 3k in sprintstages, for some time. That way you can keep GC riders out of the sprint chaos. It's a good thing for the GC riders, since they don't have to risk injuries due to crashes at high speed, in a situation that is completely out of their comfortzone. In turn it offers more space for the sprinters and sprinttrains. Today this wouldn't have made a difference obviously, but a crash like this could also take out a GC rider (and it has many times in the past). It's safer for all parties involved.
Some interesting points. I don't know if he reads the forum, but this is literally a point i have raised many times:
This is exactly what i wrote after the TdP crash two weeks ago.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the TdP topic, some people want to see "real racing" and crashing at 80km/h apparently is part of that.
Seems like every stage now there are crashes. Especially the sprint stages, obivously in the finishing bunch sprints, but also I've noticed that if the stage is somehow a designated sprint stage there seems to be more crashes even in the kms leading up to the finish as well. Meanwhile when you have big climb at the end and the sprint teams have no interest, it's usually calmer.
and accidentaly you might actually be right, because road furniture should be marked with policeman with a whistle because in large group of people you will always find somebody not paying attention
------------------------------------... However, anything that can be done to limit the number of crashes, should be done.
Doing "everything" that can be done would result in no races. Because yes, if anything can be done to reduce the number of crashes to the biggest possible extent, it is to cancel all races.Doing 'everything' that can be done would result in boring races.