- Jun 16, 2009
Team Time trials in Grand Tours...what are your opinions? In or out?
Pretty sure the riders were all being flown out together so the transfer isn't as bad and they are all pretty much in the same 'boat'TheBean said:This year, the short TTT follows a complicated transfer from an island to mainland France. That trip will be unusual for the Tour. Any rider who suffers from seasickness (admittedly an unlikely event) might have a difficult time.
This has been done before in the Armstrong era Tours. The gripe by many riders was the fact that huge time losses due to their often times weaker teams would handicap them unfairly. It worked more or less but it certainly took some of the excitement out of the event. This compromise of shorter distance (15 miles) will serve to limit damages to the GC guys in much the same way. Personally, I have always thought that time trials have become less prominent since 89-91, when you had Dinard-Rennes, Vittel-Epinal and Argentan-Alencon. I think that after Luxembourg in 92, the distances would never again eclipse 40 miles.Progsprach said:The problem with TTTs in GTs is (IMO) that short TTT don't really show everything a TTT is about (endurance, tactics) in the way longer ones do, but long ones weigh too heavily on the GC. My idea would be to rescale the times, e.g. if a 50km TTT is included the times only count half in the GC. That would be something I'd like to see tried and if it works one could even think about making some unconventional TTTs which require new tactics (e.g have a hill in different places) and rescaling would guarantee reasonable gaps.
I just heard that on the commentary and said D'OH as I realized the foolishness of my comment. Good catch.Tigerion said:Pretty sure the riders were all being flown out together so the transfer isn't as bad and they are all pretty much in the same 'boat'
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