This. Few here were following cycling during the Indurain years, It almost lost me. Only cheering for LeMond and later being curious about the Virenque side show made the TdF bearable for me. Chiappucci or Pantani would lose too much in ITT to be a factor, and yes, there were Zulle and Rominger, but they never delivered. A gleam of hope was Berzin after his Giro win, but he turned out to be a one-trick poney. After the first ITT, Le Tour was over, pretty much every year. And if it was not, there was another one stage 20 to annihilate the field. Never been so bored in my life. Those years really sucked.DFA123 said:So the balance is good at the moment. The true all-rounders are winning most tours. Only the very best pure climber can win occasionally when on top form, and only the very best TTist also can win occasionally when on top form. The routes are fine as they are.
Adding 80km+ of flat/rolling TTs to every GT would unnecessarily skew the balance towards TTs and away from the climbers. Which would be taking GTs in a completely new direction, because the very best pure climbers have always had chances to win throughout history.
Also, more importantly, it would result in incredibly boring, one-dimensional races.