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How are the TTT start times decided?(6 posts)

How are the TTT start times decided?texfan
Jul 9, 2002 1:28 PM
Is it by team standing at the time of the TTT or some other random method.

Thanks,
Texfan
Reverse order of team standings (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 1:29 PM
Thats good newstexfan
Jul 9, 2002 1:38 PM
if you are a Postal fan. According to Velo, they are in third place behind Codifis and CSC. I don't think that there are any real CG contenders on Codifis. (could be wrong on that) I will be rooting for Hamiliton anyway.

texfan
um...mr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 1:55 PM
Cofidis has Kivilev, who came in 4th last year and by all accounts is in great form this year. I predict he will make the podium this year.

Kivilev is a decent TT guy and Cofidis also has David Millar, who is one of the best TT guys today. They should do well tomorrow, although probably won't threaten USPS.
Thankstexfan
Jul 9, 2002 2:10 PM
for the good info on Codifis.

But do you think either Millar or Kivilev (assuming he is not spotted another 35 minutes) are real CG threats?

Thanks
Texfan
yesmr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 2:27 PM
I think Kivilev was inspired by the luck he had last year in making that break. This year, I look at some of the recent indicator races where they went head to head and he seems to match up well with Armstrong in the mountains.

In the Dauphine Libere, Kivilev was 5th overall. Armstrong won, of course. On the two hardest mountain stages, Kivilev stayed close. On Ventoux, he finished with Lance, and into Morzine, he was only 3 seconds down.

In the Midi-Libre, he was 8th overall. Armstrong won, of course.

Armstrong wasn't in peak form for these races, but you might also say the same about Kivilev. I'm not naive--Armstrong could rip the legs off Kivilev if he wants to. But in the absence of stronger competition, I think Kivilev can make the podium.

Millar is not a GC threat. He's a very good rider, but he can't hang with the real climbers. Look at the Vuelta last year. I think he'll try to win the ITT and should try for one of the transitional stages.