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Tour de Langkawi...Jans Koerts...time out??(5 posts)

Tour de Langkawi...Jans Koerts...time out??DT
Apr 7, 2001 7:24 PM
I was watching the Tour de Langkawi this weekend (finally got my wife to buy off on DTV for OLN!) :o) and saw Jans Koerts give the "Time-out" signal at the base of the first climbing stage...what's that all about? Was he trying to say that his time as the leader was up since he can't climb?
re: Tour de Langkawi...Jans Koerts...time out??Nik
Apr 8, 2001 5:58 PM
Hi,

No Idea if he did give the "time-out" signal. What I do know is that he didn't qualify within the 'qualifying' time. The tour was upgraded in points/level and thus the cut off time was earlier. That's why he was kicked out. Kinda sad since he's a great sprinter. Missed the fun.

Cheers,
Nik,
Malaysia
re: Tour de Langkawi...Jans Koerts...time out??TC
Apr 9, 2001 4:58 AM
I got the impression that he was gesturing that his time as the leader was up. In a funny way, I guess that he was calling on the climbers to take it easy on him and keep him in yellow.

The Gentling Highlands climb really looked brutal. I especially liked Phil's comment about the "speedbump" at the top of the climb. As if that was going to be a issue. Some of the better climbers looked as if they had a hard time with that climb. Granted, it was early in the year though.
re: Tour de Langkawi...Jans Koerts...time out??TypeOne
Apr 9, 2001 11:44 AM
I had the same question. But he seemed to have a good sense of humor after listening to an interview, so I figured he was joking around with the timeout. Phil Ligett didn't really explain it well. I can't believe Koerts was laughing after his stage win when he got bumped by a rider in the sprint and smacked in the head by a fan along the barricade. That took some concentration.
He was letting the bunch know he was stopping......J.S.
Apr 9, 2001 2:04 PM
to go to the bathroom, this way nobody could say they didn't see him and attack.