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Why would they ever end the Giro w/ an ITT?(8 posts)

Why would they ever end the Giro w/ an ITT?94Nole
Jun 2, 2003 4:23 AM
What a non-event. Or maybe I am ignorant. Heck, Simoni could've done that stage on a huffy and still won the race.

What am I missing?
So, you think...Dwayne Barry
Jun 2, 2003 4:33 AM
a flat run into a bunch sprint finish (which is the way GTs end when it's not a TT) would have provided more of an opportunity for a GC shake-up? There was a good battle for 2nd/3rd and a few of the other top-10 placings. You're also missing that 6 months ago when they set the schedule that there is no way of knowing how the race would have finished. The 1st and 2nd place riders could have been separated by seconds. The Vuelta last year also ended with a TT and it decided the winner.
remember the '89 TdF? nmDougSloan
Jun 2, 2003 6:45 AM
remember the '89 TdF? nmatpjunkie
Jun 2, 2003 11:28 AM
Lemonds 8 sec snipe! Hey the Giro's TT was cool, not for first but huge battles for 2nd/3rd and 4th/ fifth. I actually prefer it to the parade and sprint of the Tour. exciting for the sprinters but a non issue to GC for years.
snipe is right!weiwentg
Jun 2, 2003 12:45 PM
if the winner isn't relatively certain (eg, Armstrong in the TDF) I would think it's better to end with a TT. more suspense. people tend to focus on the winner, though, so even if the rest of the GC placings are up in the air it will still be less suspenseful.
of course, they couldn't have known any of this when they were planning the Giro.
Because the 1984 Giro ended in a time trial 5 years before..Tom C
Jun 7, 2003 3:28 PM
the Tour organizers got the idea. In it, newly crowned hour record holder Francesco Moser defeated Laurent Fignon to take the Maglia Rosa on that final stage utilizing his "moon disc" wheels on which he set the then hour record. Of course, it was an Italian beating a Frenchman so nobody here cared.
the 1984 TourBAi9302010
Jun 8, 2003 8:10 PM
Fignon wasn't always on the bad side during tt's. In the 1984 final tt of the tdf he was the last rider off and with 2km's to go was 2 seconds down on Sean Kelly (who should have been much further ahead but was unable to pass Pascal Simon on a climb because the crowds were so big) and he won the tt over Kelly by five-hundredths of a second. It was later revealed that the tt had most likely favoring Fignon because it was timed manually.
Because the 1984 Giro ended in a time trial 5 years before..atpjunkie
Jun 9, 2003 11:58 AM
yes, Fignon has been punked in a few TT's in his day. I cared, I love when the French lose. It's funny as both his Grand Tour defeats fell in TT's to riders using new technology.