Originally Posted by rygreen
Looks like we hit "submit" at the same time. I think that there would have been some major differences in the tactics due to the fact that Vino would've taken the lead after stages 8 and 14. And, Jan would've closed the gap to Lance to 2 seconds after stage 13 (well within a stage sprint bonus.)
Yeah, at least we didn't post the exact same info
Your info is more interesting, I think.
I agree, the race tactics would have been different last year, but there are all kind of “what if’s” you could throw in: What if there was no TTT last year, ...there was no crash in stage 1, ...Lance carried more water on the ITT, ...the first ITT was uphill, etc.
I don’t think the new rules will give anyone a huge advantage or disadvantage; Lance will probably pick up time on his main competitors at it may be several seconds more or less than it would have been using the old rules.
In some ways it makes the racing more competitive since dropping a place will cost you 10 seconds instead of a couple seconds. I don’t think anyone concerned with GC is going to relax as some have indicated.