pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
You'd have the problem of the protected riders always having to grab the wheel of the rider rotating off. In a peleton with riders from other teams that wouldn't necessarily be easy, and would take energy.
Also a significant difference in the TTT is you can't drop riders as they're spent (you've got to finish with 5, and if you drop riders early you lose efficiency.)
On the mountain stages, you can drop O Grady after he's spent on the first climb, and it doesn't hurt the team effort, because he wasn't going to help you on L'alpe anyway.
So, the model as employed by Discovery, and now CSC, is you use your weaker climbers, who wouldn't be able to be of help on the last climbs where it gets tougher anyway, on the early climbs starting with the weakest. Use them for all they've got, and use them up one by one.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.