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Without Time Bonuses...

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Di Luca earns 20 seconds for stage 4, 12 seconds for stage 5, 8 seconds for stage 8, and 20 seconds for stage 10. +60 seconds

Menchov earns 20 seconds for stage 6 and 8 seconds for stage 10. +28

Pellizotti earns 8 seconds for stage 4 and 12 seconds for stage 10. +20

Seems many here were ragging on Levi for his attack on stage 8, pointless, stupid, etc. But when Di Luca makes a similar attack on stage 15, those same folks have buttoned lips. Why the difference?

Over a decade ago, another Italian animated a stage, and several Grand Tours. Marco Pantani. He is dead now, and he doped then. But he sure was exciting to watch.

But Levi is boring - without time bonuses, he would be just 15 seconds off of Menchov and 51 seconds in front of Di Luca. What a snoozer it would have been had RCS decided not to award the top finishers (top dopers? hat tip BigBoat) those precious time bonuses.

/rant
 
benpounder said:
But when Di Luca makes a similar attack on stage 15, those same folks have buttoned lips. Why the difference?

Di Lucas attack was just as stupid...Or it was actually more stupid since it came only a few hundred meters from the top of the climb so there was no way he was getting a real gap.
 
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i liketime bonus's on the early spring stages (when a tour follows a normal structure of flat-hills-transition-hills-flat), it makes the first week interesting for the sprinters..

time bonus's on mountain stages? makes a mockery of the whole thing to be honest.. you wanna make ten seconds up over a rival, beat him by ten seconds then.. dont just come across the line a second in front of him for the bonus...