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Jun 13, 2002 6:40 PM
holy cow...they won by over 30 minutes!!!
re: ***SPOILER ALERT*** TDF 2001 RECAP ***SPOILER ALERT***Allen az
Jun 13, 2002 8:24 PM
Yeah, holy cow! lol. I still think they should've stuck with the time cut-off rule (or whatever it's called). Rules are rules, but oh well.

Jun 13, 2002 8:48 PM
At least the Tour organizer made a good call on this one. The world would have been pissed if Lance and all the other Tour contenders were kicked out because of the time cut off.

However, I would like to point out one of the first things any good commisaire learns when properly trained is to apply the rules keeping the spirit of competition in mind. I am reminded of Junior Worlds where people were being physically pushed down track in the male match sprints. Then I did a similar thing to my teammate closing the door fairly hard on him albeit with no contact and I got called on it. It wasn't even close to a dangerous move but in a match sprint you do what you need within reason at time to get that extra edge. And coming out of turn 2 standing up jumping with my teammate just a little bit behind me I went half way into the pole lane to ensure I got that front spot going into the final turn. Hmmm :(

Nick Corcoran
Amended time cut rulemr_spin
Jun 14, 2002 6:34 AM
Everyone stop bitching about ignoring the time cut. The time cut rules were amended such that if more than 20% of the peloton finishes outside, the time cut is adjusted. I don't recall how it is adjusted exactly, but it's certainly adjusted enough to make sure the peloton isn't thrown out. However, if you wander in by yourself 50 minutes later, they'll boot you. They might even have packed up the finish line by then.

Rules are constantly in flux. Keep up to date.
Rules are amended to keep integrity of the sportPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 14, 2002 2:40 PM
Like I said... a good commisaire will bend the rules depending on the spirit of the event. In this case the rule was changed altogether since no scenario that I am aware of even occured where the same thing happened in the Tour history so hence no rule would be in place.

Any good referee will do this... however, at times it pisses the participants off but for the sport as a whole its good. This doesn't only apply to cycling.

Nick Corcoran