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Largest time deficit to overcome in TDF(6 posts)

Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFrodemiles
Jul 17, 2001 6:32 PM
Does anyone know what the largest time deficit overcome in the TDF? I don't, but I'm sure someone does. Just might be watching history in the making.
re: Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFBrian s
Jul 18, 2001 5:34 AM
The largest overcome defecit is between 20 and 23 minutes, I forget the exact time. This is in modern history, since 1947.
re: Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFbartali
Jul 18, 2001 9:08 AM
I know that Fausto Coppi overcame a 35 minute deficit in the 1949 Tour to win by over 10 minutes.

The overall deficits are nice but what's even better is having a cyclist win a major mountain stage (Giro or Tour is irrelevant) riding solo or rather breaking away from the peleton and holding it, not just for 15 km but for 100+ kms. That shows exceptional strength and character.
re: Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFdough
Jul 18, 2001 10:09 AM
If this isn't correct please direct all flames to the "Austin American Statesman". They reported today that the largest deficit overcome was 30 min by Coppi in 1949. The article also said that records have only been kept since 1947 which of course means that we really don't know for sure what the record is. The article went on to say that if Lance wins he will hold the new record.
re: Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFbartali
Jul 18, 2001 10:45 AM
I found one site that said Coppi was down 35 minutes after the 6th stage in the 1949 Tour. The official Tour site said that he was down 30 minutes.

I have some books at home that may have the answer, or yet another answer!
re: Largest time deficit to overcome in TDFbartali
Jul 18, 2001 1:41 PM
According to an Italian book on Fausto Coppi's life called 'Coppi, Il Mitico', it states that after the fifth stage of the 1949 Tour Coppi was down 36'55" from the yellow jersey, Marinelli.

He had crashed badly and almost quit the Tour and to be convinced by his arch rival Gino Bartali to stay. BTW, Gino Bartali finished 2nd to Coppi that year 10'55" behind.