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    Tour de France-I don't get it

    So if Cavendish won 2 stages shouldn't he be leading. I don't understand the way the points are given. Seems that the rider that gets from point a to be the fastest would be the winner. Where can you go learn the scoring.

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    The rider with the lowest total elapsed time is the leader. Cav may have won two stages but he lost lots of time in the TT and thus is not the leader. You can with a stage race without winning a single stage. Anyone know the last time this was done?
    i may have overreacted

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    He *is* leading - the Green Jersey (points) competition. The GC competition (overall leader) is a whole different animal.

    There are five major competitions going on simultaneously:

    General Classification (Yellow Jersey) - total elapsed time
    Sprint or Points (Green Jersey) - total sprint points earned
    King of the Mountain (Polka Dot Jersey) - total climber points earned
    Young Rider (White Jersey) - GC for 24(?) and under
    Team (Yellow Numbers) - total elapsed time for the top three team members on each stage

    http://www.letour.fr/2009/TDF/LIVE/us/reglements.html
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    When a bunch of riders finish a stage together, they're all awarded the same time. So unless there are any gaps, the rider who wins a sprint finishes with the same time as the last placed rider on the stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    The rider with the lowest total elapsed time is the leader. Cav may have won two stages but he lost lots of time in the TT and thus is not the leader. You can with a stage race without winning a single stage. Anyone know the last time this was done?
    Perhaps Oscar Pereiro 2006?

    Lemond won in 1990 this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    The rider with the lowest total elapsed time is the leader. Cav may have won two stages but he lost lots of time in the TT and thus is not the leader.
    true. here is a very basic example with 3 riders and a 4 stage race:

    Stage 1:
    1st: racer A: 9min
    2nd: racer B: 10min
    3rd: racer C: 12min
    (winner A)

    Stage 2:
    1st: racer B: 10min
    2nd: racer C: 12min
    3rd: racer A: 13min
    (winner B)

    Stage 3:
    1st: racer C: 12min
    2nd: racer B: 13min
    3rd: racer A: 15min
    (winner C)

    Stage 4:
    1st: racer A: 7min
    2nd: racer B: 8min
    3rd: racer C: 10min
    (winner A)

    Overall:
    1st: racer B: 41min
    2nd: racer A: 44min
    3rd: racer C: 46min

    even though racer A won 2 stages and racer B only won 1, racer B was never far behind when he didn't win and the total of his 4 times is less than his competitors
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    Just a historical note. In the early years of the TDF there were a few tours where placeing determined the winner. Some pretty much like the green Jersey of today, but at least one year where it was finishing position of each stage and lowest score wins.

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    Follow the GC times & standings and don't pay so much attention to who wins a stage - it's all about cumulative time gaps, not stage wins, if you want to understand the Tour.

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    Although I hate Lance, this is why after stage 4, to me, Lance has done an insanely amazing job.
    This is a guy who was retired for the last 4 years. Remember that more than half the peleton is struggling just to FINISH the Tour.
    There are guys here who won the Tour during his retirement!!

    And here Lance is, after stage 4 pretty much in Yellow. Like I said, as much as I hate Lance, there is no way around not giving the guy props.
    I know how hard it is to race bikes, and this performance to me, after only 4 days and in yellow, after years of retirement form the top of the sport, is hard core.

    As others are saying, follow the overall standing, and you will understand why im impressed with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    The rider with the lowest total elapsed time is the leader. Cav may have won two stages but he lost lots of time in the TT and thus is not the leader. You can with a stage race without winning a single stage. Anyone know the last time this was done?
    Quote Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post

    Lemond won in 1990 this way.
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    Said another way, TDF scoring methods are similar to golf's stroke play (yellow and white jerseys) and match play (green and polka dot jerseys) scoring methods.

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    A lot of useful info here.
    I had always assumed that at the end of each stage, Don King decides who is the leader. Regardless of placing.

    Isn't that the way it works in boxing?

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    They use WADA scientists to work out the winner, it's far too complicated for most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabdy View Post
    They use WADA scientists to work out the winner, it's far too complicated for most people.
    Touche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howzit View Post
    Although I hate Lance, this is why after stage 4, to me, Lance has done an insanely amazing job.
    This is a guy who was retired for the last 4 years. Remember that more than half the peleton is struggling just to FINISH the Tour.
    There are guys here who won the Tour during his retirement!!

    And here Lance is, after stage 4 pretty much in Yellow. Like I said, as much as I hate Lance, there is no way around not giving the guy props.
    I know how hard it is to race bikes, and this performance to me, after only 4 days and in yellow, after years of retirement form the top of the sport, is hard core.

    As others are saying, follow the overall standing, and you will understand why im impressed with him.
    Who are you, and what did you do with Howzit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howzit View Post
    Although I hate Lance, this is why after stage 4, to me, Lance has done an insanely amazing job.
    This is a guy who was retired for the last 4 years. Remember that more than half the peleton is struggling just to FINISH the Tour.
    There are guys here who won the Tour during his retirement!!

    And here Lance is, after stage 4 pretty much in Yellow. Like I said, as much as I hate Lance, there is no way around not giving the guy props.
    I know how hard it is to race bikes, and this performance to me, after only 4 days and in yellow, after years of retirement form the top of the sport, is hard core.

    As others are saying, follow the overall standing, and you will understand why im impressed with him.
    What does any of this have to do with the topic of this thread? I understand that you have some kind of obsession with Lance Armstrong, but please confine your enthusiasm to threads where he is the topic. I appreciate your cooperation. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin2020 View Post
    Who are you, and what did you do with Howzit?
    I was just thinking that...

    Back to the thread... so if my newb brain is correct... seeing as LA and Cancellara are equal in time, if Lance breaks away and beats Cancellara in the next stage by more than a bike length he'll be in yellow?? If I understand the scoring i'll enjoy it a heckuvalot more. Please correct me if i'm wrong (entirely probable!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin2020 View Post
    who are you, and what did you do with howzit?
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolfinack View Post
    I was just thinking that...

    Back to the thread... so if my newb brain is correct... seeing as LA and Cancellara are equal in time, if Lance breaks away and beats Cancellara in the next stage by more than a bike length he'll be in yellow?? If I understand the scoring i'll enjoy it a heckuvalot more. Please correct me if i'm wrong (entirely probable!)
    It is actually a judgement call if there is a large enough gap for time differences. They often do not count gaps that open back in the peleton when riders are coasting over the line that would be counted up front when riders are sprinting for the line.

    The intent of the same time rule is that riders are not jockeying for seconds in the middle of the pack, which would create a very dangerous situation.

    But yes, if Lance breaks off the front and gets a gap he will get a second or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
    It is actually a judgement call if there is a large enough gap for time differences. They often do not count gaps that open back in the peleton when riders are coasting over the line that would be counted up front when riders are sprinting for the line.

    The intent of the same time rule is that riders are not jockeying for seconds in the middle of the pack, which would create a very dangerous situation.

    But yes, if Lance breaks off the front and gets a gap he will get a second or more.
    Cool makes sense, thanks buddy.

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    Yeah, on flat stages if you finish with a group they all get the same time from the first guy to the last guy. And they are pretty liberal with allowing small gaps. Another point if you crash or flat in the last 1k you also get the same time as the peloton. These rules were added to protect the riders and reduce the insanity at the finish line. It's bad enough just for the guys trying for the win.

    Now on mountain finishes time gaps are awarded on very small splits and it is not uncommon to pick up a second or two even mid pack. Again it all has to do with safety. On a mtn finish you don't have the high speeds, people jostling to get onto wheels for a lead out or large speed differentials as someone pulling off a leadout and slowing is overtaken by others just kicking their sprints.

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