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TDF Time Bonuses

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I am sure time bonuses used to be awarded in the TDF, and I know they were in the Giro this year. Why are they no longer awarded in the TDF and is there a consensus on whether they are a good thing or a bad thing?

Why? Well I am intrigued that with the tour so close this year, well at least between LA and AC that they could have a significant impact on the tour and also offer more opportunities to gain / lose time on other GC contenders.

I am new to the forum, and I could not see this thread elsewhere (apologies if I missed it in the 1st 6 pages), so please be nice and yes i'll stick my hand up and say till this year I really only watched the tour but since buying my own bike I have now watched and learnt a lot more about the classics and other grand tours. So those regular posters please don't eat me! We all need to learn somewhere.
 
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Last year there was no prologue and the organizers expected the Maillot Jaune to move from one rider to another through the first stages, thanks to no time bonuses - thus no GC domination by sprinters during the first week and small gaps between riders.
This is part of total real-time race, including no time tweaks on the TTT.

Hi everyone, this is my first post, I hope I can help on the forum as much as I learn on CyclingNews. :)
 

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UK_fan said:
I am sure time bonuses used to be awarded in the TDF, and I know they were in the Giro this year. Why are they no longer awarded in the TDF and is there a consensus on whether they are a good thing or a bad thing?

Why? Well I am intrigued that with the tour so close this year, well at least between LA and AC that they could have a significant impact on the tour and also offer more opportunities to gain / lose time on other GC contenders.

I am new to the forum, and I could not see this thread elsewhere (apologies if I missed it in the 1st 6 pages), so please be nice and yes i'll stick my hand up and say till this year I really only watched the tour but since buying my own bike I have now watched and learnt a lot more about the classics and other grand tours. So those regular posters please don't eat me! We all need to learn somewhere.

Welcome to you both - yes most topics have been covered at some point but unfortunatley they usually get hidden away deep in some thread.

I too joined this forum to further my knowledge - and I now get more 'news' from in here than I do on the CN main page.

I hope you both stick around long after the Tour as there is so much more to this sport than the Tour and the individual competitors.