I agree with this. They are quite boring to watch, which also shows in the amount of people watching ITT and TTT stages always being a lot lower. Even lower than the sprint stages which can be quite boring too. They also don't serve much purpose except for giving stronger teams a bigger advantages than they already have. TTTs are perfectly fine as a separated event and the world championship for it is a great idea, but they don't belong in a GT.Eyeballs Out said:Personally, I find them tedious to watch. The final result is interesting but once you've seen one team riding in formation you've seen them all. On TV it's difficult to see who is doing what within the team because the coverage naturally jumps around from team to team
But wouldn't that elimate the team part of the Team Time Trial? Then a guy like Tony Martin could just go "bye bye" and leave everyone else behind...Netserk said:
Agreed. This would be so much more fun, how long do you try and keep things together and when do you unleash you're fastest guy(s)?Netserk said:
Who do you think would win, Tony over 10km or Tony lead out by Cav for 1k then the other 9k himself, extrapolate this...RedheadDane said:But wouldn't that elimate the team part of the Team Time Trial? Then a guy like Tony Martin could just go "bye bye" and leave everyone else behind...
I'm in favour of this aswell. I really enjoyed the Team/Individual/Mountain Time Trial at the Tour of the Med a few years backBumeington said:Agreed. This would be so much more fun, how long do you try and keep things together and when do you unleash you're fastest guy(s)?
No, it's a fact.LaFlorecita said:Is that a joke? I hope so.
but cycling really isn't a team sport though it's true that sacrifice by others is required for one individual to get all the glory.Wrecktangle said:IMO, every grand tour should have a TTT every year. As cycling is a team sport, everyone needs to get their sh*t together and ride together.
You work as a team, you should trial as a team...
****, that sucksBavarianrider said:No, it's a fact.
2014 team time trial to end in Ypres?
The 2014 Tour de France “will in all probability” hold a team time trial from Mons-en-Baroeul, in northern France, to Ypres, Belgium. The Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports that the stage will finish “amidst the battlefields and cemeteries of the first World War.”
The time trial would be roughly 40 km, significantly longer than this year's 25km TTT.
Im not libertine, but i would consider it a slight improvement in that it would take away one of the negatives of ttts, but it would still be a bad thing.Netserk said:Libertine what would you think of a TTT with individual timing? Would still benefit the strong teams ofc, but wouldn't force someone to wait for a weaker team mate.
Interesting idea, but then you run the risk of the more climber friendly teams (FDJ, Euskaltel, Ag2R and others) not even getting to race the Tour. Which would be a shame IMO.phanatic said:I would, however, love to see it as a qualifying pre-Tour race. You can have a 60 km circuit on which 30 teams start two km apart but simultaneously. The top 20 teams make the tour, and on each team the top 7-9 riders of that team can ride. The official time is taken from the first rider, but then the next six to eight have to finish within one minute of their team's first finisher.
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