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Old 06-30-09, 08:36 AM   #1
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Tdf FAQ

An FAQ maybe helpful for those (including self) relatively new to the Tour. We might be able to compile quite a list before Saturday.


Q. What is the deal with the black and white American flags.


A. It is the Flag of Brittany
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Old 06-30-09, 09:30 AM   #2
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Funny looing stars on that black and white american flag...LOL
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Funny looing stars on that black and white american flag...LOL
It has been asked.
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What is the deal with riders NOT wanting to win the first stage saying it is too much pressure because they have to wear the yellow jersey or something ?
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The team holding the yellow jersey is expected to control the pace of the peleton (assuming they want to keep it), which means putting their riders on the front and breaking wind for (and on) everyone else. It's hard on a team to do that for three weeks.
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Q.Who is this guy:



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How are teams chosen? I don't get why there's no LPR (Di Luca, Pettachi, etc) and Skil-Shimano (who??) is selected.
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Q. Why is a stuffed lion given to the rider who is awarded the maillot jaune (yellow jersey or "mellow johnny" if you what to mispronounce it )?



A. The lion is the mascot of Crédit Lyonnais who is the finacial manager and main sponsor of the Tour de France.
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How are teams chosen? I don't get why there's no LPR (Di Luca, Pettachi, etc) and Skil-Shimano (who??) is selected.
All the ProTour teams get an automatic invite unless ASO is pissed off at them for some reason. Then there are two(?) additional invitational spots. I don't know the particulars on the teams mentioned.

This is in the process of changing, btw. It used to be at the sole discretion of ASO, but a recent deal with UCI is making the selection process more predictable.
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More importantly, does he have minions?


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Yes, and one of them is called Floyd.
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We could have an entire section just on jerseys:

a. Leaders' jerseys: yellow, green, white, polka-dot.
b. World and national champions' jerseys: rainbow stripes and flag motifs.
c. Cuffs and collars for former champs.
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What is the deal with riders NOT wanting to win the first stage saying it is too much pressure because they have to wear the yellow jersey or something ?
That is absolutely incorrect.
Thats just what TV commentators say for fill.
It is the dream of every rider who starts on the line to wear the jersey for at least a day.
It is even more important for the team sponsors to see one of their riders get a yellow jersey.
There are hundreds of tabloids, magazines, TV coverage, interviews and so on that the yellow jersey wearer gets. This is a MAJOR part of what sponsors want.
Stage 2, it doesnt matter weather the yellow jersey team works or not. The reason teams go work on the front on something like stage two if anything is to either keep their "riding sponsor advertiser" in yellow, or, you guessed it, to be on the TV cameras for their team sponsor to see.

The first 5 stages are a sponsors delight. Every team is trying to get the piece of the pie. Its a big show in the first 5 stages (and the rest of the Tour)
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That is absolutely incorrect.
Thats just what TV commentators say for fill.
It is the dream of every rider who starts on the line to wear the jersey for at least a day.
It is even more important for the team sponsors to see one of their riders get a yellow jersey.
There are hundreds of tabloids, magazines, TV coverage, interviews and so on that the yellow jersey wearer gets. This is a MAJOR part of what sponsors want.
Stage 2, it doesnt matter weather the yellow jersey team works or not. The reason teams go work on the front on something like stage two if anything is to either keep their "riding sponsor advertiser" in yellow, or, you guessed it, to be on the TV cameras for their team sponsor to see.

The first 5 stages are a sponsors delight. Every team is trying to get the piece of the pie. Its a big show in the first 5 stages (and the rest of the Tour)
I have to agree, with just a little modifying. The teams of the potential winners are often not willing to put in work to obtain or defend the jersey in the first week. That is different from not wanting it.

You are right the first week is a sponsorfest for the smaller teams with riders racing up cat 4 climbs to be in polkadot for 2 days (or even virtually for the next 1 hour).

And if a serious contender ends up in Yellow his team will work a little, but not a lot to stay there. If a team with no serious contender grabs Yellow yuo can bet they will work their butts off to stay there as long as possible.
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We could have an entire section just on jerseys:

a. Leaders' jerseys: yellow, green, white, polka-dot.
b. World and national champions' jerseys: rainbow stripes and flag motifs.
c. Cuffs and collars for former champs.
I have a question - speaking of uniforms. Is there a reason Lance Armstrong no longer wears the World Champion Stripes on his sleeves? Can you only wear for a limited time (ten years or so?)
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Here is some additional reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_de_France

Go to page 30 for English
http://www.letour.fr/2009/TDF/COURSE...ment_fr_us.pdf
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I hear his scent is just as effective as minions.
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What's the best paint to use when painting on the roads?

Is it legal in France or should I do it at night?
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Is it legal in France or should I do it at night?
Just make sure other fans dont beat you up if they see you painting the name of someone they hate
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Sidewalk chalk. not paint.
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Like two days before the race; three when there's Germans.
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I have a question - speaking of uniforms. Is there a reason Lance Armstrong no longer wears the World Champion Stripes on his sleeves? Can you only wear for a limited time (ten years or so?)
Good question. If I'm not mistaken, there is no time limit on wearing the rainbow cuff. Again, if memory serves, Lance wore the rainbow stripes into the early years of his TDF victories. Then he replaced the rainbow with a yellow band. I always assumed he did it as a personal statement that the tour was more significant than the world championship. As I recall, some of his teamates were also wearing the yellow band.
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Why is Vino wearing that funny colored jersey? Oh wait, that was THE question a few years back.
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Too many rules. Just ride the bike and forget it.
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I'm new to watching the tour and its rules/strategy. how does it help a leader if a fellow team member "chases" a breakaway rider? Say Armstrong's in the lead and sends his domestique (I like that) to "chase" a breakaway rider: how does that help Armstrong? Doesn't he himself have to catch up to prevent Mr. Breakaway from eating into his lead? Is it because the team member will draft him up to the breakaway?
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