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TDF ? Time Trials Settle the Argument(9 posts)

TDF ? Time Trials Settle the Argumentbigrider
Aug 19, 2002 9:11 AM
On a group ride saturday the question was asked when does the clock start on a rider doing a time trial in the Tour. Does it start when the starter guy gives them the 0 count or is there a timer that is tripped by the bike going down the ramp?
Not sure, but would imagine the latter. (nm)jtferraro
Aug 19, 2002 9:37 AM
Pedro Delgado 1989OffTheBack
Aug 19, 2002 10:04 AM
In that year's tour, Delgado arrived at the start of the first TT about 2 minutes late (D'OH!). The clock had been running the whole time, and at the end of the Tour, he was roughly 2 minutes behind Lemond on GC.

All that to say, I think it starts when the count hits zero.
..eggzattly... it was 02:40Akirasho
Aug 19, 2002 11:42 AM
... I've been watching the tape... and Delgado went from dead last on the first day to third in the GC in Paris... Both LeMond and Fignon seemed to suffer far more during this Tour(and don't forget, LeMond was the first person to use aerobars at the Tour)... and the tale of the final TT, with a margin of victory of only 8 seconds just makes you wonder... Oh, if only he'd been on time...

three... two... one... GO!!!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Pulling a DelgadoTig
Aug 19, 2002 1:48 PM
My biggest racing screw-up was when I "pulled a Delgado" in a TT by about 1 1/2 minutes. It was only a 3 stage race, and I couldn't pull my sorry butt up the GC other than the few DNF's of other riders. I think I was demoralized so much, I lost all confidence and just hung on during the following crit and road stages. The lesson was learned and the mistake never repeated! I came in dead last, but at least I didn't DNF.
Pulling a Delgadoswvegg
Aug 19, 2002 3:26 PM

Isn't that a bit redundant?
DNF = Did Not Finish. I never gave up. Try it sometime! -nmTig
Aug 20, 2002 6:01 AM
Pedro Delgado never said why he was late, did he? (nm)onespeed
Aug 20, 2002 10:43 AM
There are set timesPack Meat
Aug 19, 2002 10:36 AM
The clock continues to run. If your start time is at 12:00 and you're not at the start line because you were in the john until 12:01, to bad, you just lost a minute. The counter guy just counts down the last 5 seconds until 12:00. If you go early you are assessed a time penalty. It's not like other sports where a gate triggers the clock to start.