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Tony Martin and the Red Carpet

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Big congrats to TD (not Terrell Davis, great a RB as he was). Having said that, the UCI achieved its objective--making sure Tony Martin did not achieve his 5th world TT championship. Martin was quite correct to criticize this silly TT course. Is it about speed or about climbing?

If the idiotic UCI wants to test climbers, create a new form of race that does just that--the fastest guy up a million-meter climb. Meanwhile, let us return to real time trials that test the speed and the ability to suffer, and NOT the climbing prowess, of riders. It was clear that Tony held a lot in reserve before reaching that stupid climb, though his effort failed in the end. He's not a climber like Dumoulin, Froome or several of the others.

The world TT was not fair to Tony Martin, evidently objecting to his four titles already. But what the commentators missed completely was Tony's ride over that silly red carpet thereby demonstrating his complete contempt for both the course and the whole idea of a bike change.

Good for those who did not change bikes, perhaps out of some respect or regard for Martin, though probably not really. And good for Tony for riding over that carpet the way he did. He had every right to be angry about the course.

But then it occurs to me that the UCI is looking to garner TV ratings, which they no doubt did by turning the TT into some kind of cross between dismal mountain biking (which destroys environment) and road racing (which does not destroy environment). The whole show was pitiful and so I say to the UCI: When are you going to wise up and do things the right way?

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While i have full sympathy with Tony Martin cycling is about the fans...and a hell of alot of fan loved that TT today

And what is more it could have attracted alot of fans


Lets face it ...cycling needs ot change and move with the times...its a sport that needs to be exciting and unpreditable

I expect we will see more TTs like todays not less
 
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The fact that the WC ITT never has climbs is entirely accidental, not some kind of rule steeped in history. The UCI wants to make the maximum amount of money by pushing its WC scam on cities and local governments, and correspondingly the races finish in big cities. Those rarely have proper climbs around.
 
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A few points:

1) The TT route has been discussed ad nauseum. This does not require a new thread.
2) A WC TT does not have to be flat. Look at the ITTs in grand tours for example. This year there were 6. Of the two TTs over 30km, only 1 was flat. In 2016 the Giro had a MTF TT and the tour had a TT in which the predominant feature was a climb. Nowhere in the rules does it state that an ITT must be 50kms of flat. Change is good.
 
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Also, if you're arguing that this ITT route was not fair because Tony Martin, a four time champion, was not competitive you should note his 0 TT wins in 2017. You should also note Cancellara's Rio victory, which featured climbing.
 
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