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Another TdF question94Nole
Jul 11, 2003 5:54 AM
I obviously don't understand. Why do the others not get their times listed? They obviously didn't all cross the line simultaneously.

When I look at the line up of finishers for a particular stage, for example, yesterday's stage finish looked like this:

1. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 4:09:47
2. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), Ag2R Prevoyance, 00:00
3. Baden Cooke (Aus), FDJeux.com, 00:00
4. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 00:00
5. Robbie Mc Ewen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, 00:00
6. Luca Paolini (I), Quick Step-Davitamon, 00:00
7. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, 00:00
8. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, 00:00
9. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Caldirola, 00:00
10. Jean-Patrick Nazon (F), Jean Delatour, 00:00
Quite simple...Dwayne Barry
Jul 11, 2003 6:36 AM
everyone who finishes in a contiguous group gets the same time as the first rider in that group who crosses the line.

To get a different time there must be a gap between riders. This is a very practical rule. Otherwise everyone or at least the sprinters AND anyone with GC hopes would be sprinting during bunch sprints to be towards the front, making for a dangerous situation. Not to mention that when the rule was first established there was no practical way to calculate each individual rider's time when finishing in a bunch.