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Tor de france 1013SPRINTER
Jul 5, 2002 5:34 AM
I am kinda new to keeping up with road very keen to learn more abt it....what a good time to start it wif the TDF..

Well...i jus wana have a brief tutorial regarding stuff

1)like how do they award stuff like...the yellow,green,white and polka jersey.

2) A team will consist of nine riders rite? So how will they actually make the team in such a way that there are good spinters,climbers....

3)For USPS,evrything is going for LANCE, but wat abt the other team members? wat role do they play in the team? Jus wana know the basic tactics 101 in how they actually plan to attck a sprint, or climb...etc

Thanx a lot for any feedback as such useful info will make me a mcuh more intelligent follower of the TDF.
Jul 5, 2002 5:36 AM
re: Tor de france 101SLB
Jul 5, 2002 10:47 AM
- The Yellow Jersey is the man with the lowest accumulated time. Also known as the GC (general classification)
- Green is also known as the points or sprints leader. In each stage, there are intermediate sprints along the route where points are awards. The are also points awarded to the winner of each stage. The rider who has accumulated the most points wins the green jersey. Erik Zabel of Telekom has won the last 6 green jerseys.
- The Polka Dot jersey is given to the King of the Mountains. It is similar to the green jersey except points are awarded at intermediate mountain points.
- White is award to the best young rider. I think it may be under-23 but i am not sure the criteria.

The selection of each team is determined by each team's management. There are only a handful of riders that have a shot at the GC, and their teams are built around them, ala USPS. Some teams are built with stage wins in mind. A perfect example of this was the Acqua-Sapone team at the Giro: the entire team was designed to lead out Mario Cipollini for stage wins with no chance of the GC. But most teams fall somewhere in-between with a few guys who can climb, a few who can sprint, maybe a breakaway artist, and a few who are willing to bury themselves for a teammate who is riding well on any given day. And each teams has different goals, the tour would be considered a disaster for USPS if they didn't win, but a smaller teams like Jean Delatour or AG2R would consider their tours a success if they got a stage win or got their rider in the yellow jersey. If you look at the numbers each rider wears, if it ends in a 1, then they are the designated team leader.

The case of USPS this year should be interesting. In the past 2 years, Lance Armstrong's main goal was to keep Ullrich in check, taking time out of him whenever he could. But because Ullrich is not riding this year, USPS has to keep an eye on anyone who could be a threat, and they probably won't know who it will be until several stages who is riding strongest. FWIW I think the biggest challengers this year will be Beloki, Galdeano, Botero and Leipheimer. All because they are excellent time-trialers and above average climbers.

As i mentioned before the job of USPS domestiques are to serve lance. keep him near the front of the peloton, keep him out of the wind, chase down any serious breaks, and ride tempo to break up the field. You will probably never see anyone on USPS (except LA) go for a stage win or even make a single attack. A really good way to learn about tatics is the read riders' diaries. Frankie Andreu's are the best even though he doesn't race anymore, his tour journals are archived here: Also listen to the commentary by Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll. They break down the tactics and what is happening. To steal a phrase from Paul, they are "Absolutely amazing."
re: Tor de france 1013SPRINTER
Jul 5, 2002 3:06 PM
Wow....wat a handful of info......thx SLB.....that really opened me up and pumping for the tour....

The Polka Jersy... on the other handfunknuggets
Jul 8, 2002 2:14 PM
Is awarded at the post race party the day after the TDF ends. Points are awarded for technique, style, costume, and longevity. Last year's winner, Gilberto Simoni, was later disqualified after failing a drug test. Afterwards, he claimed one of the other contestants must have spiked his drink.
what are you on?MaRider
Jul 8, 2002 5:50 PM
perhaps I am not getting your joke, but Simoni wasn't doing TDF last year, he failed a drug test at this year's Giro (not last year's TDF), where he was a defending champion, polka-dot jersey is the "king of the mountains" jersey and technique, style, costume and longevity have nothing to do with the points.
POLKA, he said polka, not polka dot...hee hee ;-0 nmBrooks
Jul 10, 2002 9:17 AM
Simoni is still a mean accordian player though !! nmclimbo
Jul 9, 2002 9:29 AM
Best "Lady of Spain" I've ever heard!...nmmr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 2:57 PM