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What is Bunch at Finish? Continguous? Overlapping Wheels?(4 posts)

What is Bunch at Finish? Continguous? Overlapping Wheels?TheKid
Jul 14, 2003 3:15 PM
I tried to explain to someone how the whole field could have the same time for a stage? The person asked how much separation would create a new group? I have not been able to find an answer.

What creates a new bunch? Is it distance? Time?
re: What is Bunch at Finish? Continguous? Overlapping Wheels?atpjunkie
Jul 14, 2003 4:02 PM
noticable separation between riders. more than a bike length usually.
Jul 15, 2003 5:12 AM
The official seperating factor is the length of one segment of barrier fence.
One Second Gap per Cycling News TDF FAQ Link AboveTheKid
Jul 15, 2003 10:10 AM
Why do so many riders have the same finish time? They can't all cross the line together surely?

It's impossible for 180 riders to all cross the line simultaneously, of course, so the Tour (and most other stage races) operates the 'legal fiction' that all the riders in the race's main pack cross the line at the same time as the first rider. However, if a split forms and the gap is larger than one second, the next group gets the time of the first rider of that group. Overall, it's designed to save a mad rush for the line and in most cases it's too difficult to allocate separate times.