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TDF rules question.(5 posts)

TDF rules question.dough
Jul 20, 2001 3:23 AM
While out on a ride the other day I was pondering all the different scenerios that could lead to an Armstrong defeat. I came up with a question regarding bike changes. I know that a rider can get a new bike from the team car but what about from another teammate? Here's the scenerio:

Lance and Heras are in a small breakaway with the other favorites and the team car is stuck way down the mountain behind the main pack. Lance breaks his chain! Rather than wait for the team car, Heras gives Lance his bike.

I know that Lance probably would not be comfortable on someone elses bike but would it be legal to do that?
re: TDF rules question.dug
Jul 20, 2001 5:22 AM
Yes
re: TDF rules question.dough
Jul 20, 2001 5:56 AM
What about their number plates. Would they have to swap 'em out or could Lance ride with the wrong #?
re: TDF rules question.mr_spin
Jul 20, 2001 7:38 AM
There might be a small fine for having mismatched numbers (and if there is, you can guarantee the UCI will collect it!), but the number that really counts is the one on the rider's back.
King Rene did itslowideclyde
Jul 20, 2001 11:57 AM
In 1934, 20 year old Rene Vietto was riding very well for the Franch national team. The team leader, Antonin Magne, crashed one day and Rene gave him his front wheel. The next day he crashed again on the descent of Col de Port and was stranded. Rene was ahead of him on the descent but a motorcyclist told him what had happened and he turned around and rode back up the mountain. He gave his bike to Magne who went on to win his 2nd TdF, while King Rene never won. Such is the life of the domestique.