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A question about the Tour...(5 posts)

A question about the Tour...ridenaz
Jul 10, 2003 9:26 AM
I understand about the first stage with the crash within a certain distance of the finish and everyone getting the same time. But how come on stage 5 everyone got the same time again? It's not much of a race if this keeps happening.
re: A question about the Tour...Akirasho
Jul 10, 2003 9:33 AM
... that kind of timing is based on gaps within a group or groups of riders... if the entire peloton rolls across the line without gaps... then everyone gets the same time (unless there are penalties... or in the case of overall classification, time bonuses)...

Trust me... when they hit the mountain stages... things will change dramatically.

Be the bike.
Agreed. TT's and Mountains are where the tour is won and.Dave Hickey
Jul 10, 2003 9:44 AM
lost... I watch every minute of the mountain stages and the time trials. I'll watch the last half hour of the flat stages just so I can see the final sprint.
re: A question about the Tour...03Vortex
Jul 10, 2003 10:54 AM
True, it all has to do with the peloton crossing together or not. It will open up in the mountains where it is always won or lost
Because 185 of the 196 finishers were in the main field.russw19
Jul 10, 2003 1:47 PM
Sometimes the Tour Organisers are strict... sometimes not... But the gap rule is that if there is less than a 5 second gap between you and the guy in front of you, you are considered part of the pack *if the pack is finishing together* This doesn't apply to the mountain stages or when a group of 3 guys comes in all spread apart. The reason for the rule is to prevent riders from having to sprint for 96th place on the day so they don't lose time. That would be impossible to handle and there would be a pile up at the finish line everyday and make sprints 100 times more dangerous than they already are. So to prevent that.. they just give everyone who looks to be in the pack the same time. You have to be almost 50 meters behind the next guy to not be considered in the pack.

Note* I don't know what the precise time is in the rule.. it may be 3 seconds, but this is still the point of the rule.*