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Remember a couple of years ago when they decided to have the ttt but reduced the amount of time between teams to reduce the effect the ttt had on the overall standings? Even if the first place team won by 30 seconds, the gap was only (as I recall) going to be 10 seconds, then down the line? They got criticised so much for it that they decided to take it out entirely.
The Postal/Disco factor. That team was so strong that they didn't want Lance to get too much of an advantage. I think it was the race for the sixth win where they did this.
Work hard, but we'll take away your advantage.
I thought that was the definition of a race. First one across the line wins, and everyone else gets out of the way.
What cracked me was the explanation...they didn't want the race decided in the ttt...but it's still a team sport. The strong teams kill the weak ones. Whether it's a ttt or a mountain stage, it does not matter.
It certaintly left many of us shaking our heads.