July 7 64.5 km
Team Time Trial
Thank god McEwen is in Yellow, we should get lots of footage of him and the team with those beachballs on their heads!
I think this is going to be a great TTT. I can see 4 or 5 teams coming in within 10 or 20 seconds of one another. I predict CSC winning, with USPS, Phonak, T-Mobile, and Fassa in this order (hey, why not go out on a limb with predictions?). Hincapie and Ekimov did look to be on great form today, though. It should be the best TTT since the reintroduction.
I see all the teams split by about 10-20 seconds.I can see 4 or 5 teams coming in within 10 or 20 seconds of one another.
2nd place can be no more than 20 seconds behind
3rd place can be no more than 30 seconds behind
4th place can be no more than 40 seconds behind
Of course with these new TTT rules, making that part of prediction is pretty easy.
The new rules are goofy! JMO A lot of tatics in the last 2 teams running this race.
At least Euskatel is out of the picture as a serious GC threat - this helps to neutralize the goofy new TTT rules. I would not have been surprised if Euskatel wrote off the 2'30" early on, sat up, and enjoyed the view while keeping their energies for later on. The other GC hopefuls have better teams, so they will work hard for the whole race to minimize losses and get an edge in the GC.
BTW, does anybody know if there is an outer limit to how long a team may spend on the TTT? Surely the organizers would not tolerate a gap of 15 minutes, for example, as a blatant abuse of the rule. Anybody heard about an outer limit?
Here are the TTT rules (although I'm sure they have been posted elsewhere)
as posted on Serotta Owners Forum.
Don't know about you, but they are confusing to say the least.
I thought max a team could lose is 2min 30sec. but from this looks
like 3 minutes.
Coefficient 6 (team time trials) :
The permitted finishing time is calculated according to the best time (time of the 5th man in the
winning team) plus 25%.
Article 24 Team time trials
(art. 2.6.023 to 2.6.024)
Teams start their team time trial at 5 minute intervals in the reverse order of the team ranking
established following the 3rd stage. As soon as the 1st team starts, training is forbidden along the
route; a separate warm-up area is provided. The stage ranking is established for each of the teams
based on the finishing time of the 5th rider in each team (to the nearest hundredth of a second). An
identical time is given to all teammates who arrive within this same time, even if they actually finish
The procedure for establishing the general individual time ranking is as follows:
Times for all riders are calculated according to the gap between them and the 5th man of the winning
team (scratch time).
If this gap is less than that given in the table below, then the actual time recorded by the timekeepers
will be taken.
If the gap is more than that given in the table below, then the rider will receive the time of the winning
team plus the additional number of seconds indicated in the table below according to the place of
20 for the 2nd team
30 for the 3rd team
40 for the 4th team
50 for the 5th team
1 for the 6th team
110 for the 7th team
120 for the 8th team
130 for the 9th team
140 for the 10th team
150 for the 11th team
200 for the 12th team
210 for the 13th team
220 for the 14th team
230 for the 15th team
235 for the 16th team
240 for the 17th team
245 for the 18th team
250 for the 19th team
255 for the 20th team
300 for the 21st team
Riders who arrive on their own after the 5th rider in their team will be credited for the general ranking
with the actual time they took to complete the stage.
However, riders finishing outside of the permitted finishing times (coefficient 6) will be disqualified.
As far as the general team ranking is concerned, the actual time of the 5th man in each team will be
the time recorded for this ranking.
In the event that a team no longer has at least five riders, those remaining must finish the stage
within the permitted finishing time cited in article 22 (coefficient 6). The time recorded for the
general ranking will be the finishing time of the last rider in that team.
Riders from the same team are forbidden from pushing or pulling each other along.
Food and drink will be supplied by the team staff from the sports directors car at the back of the
group, once they have reached the designated feeding area.
It's right here;
So just to throw numbers out there, if the winning team finishes the stage in 1 hour flat, the time limit on the stage before being swept is 1:15:00 (so you get 15 minutes - 25% of an hour).Coefficient 6 (team time trials) :
The permitted finishing time is calculated according to the best time (time of the 5th man in the winning team) plus 25%.
So considering the length of the stage and the past history I'd say you can cruise in 10 minutes behind without being in danger of being rolled over the broom car, and still only end up 2:30 (or 3:00, I'm confused by that as well) behind the leaders. Now if a couple of teams did it, that would make for an interesting one-finger salute to the people writing the rule book.
Thanks alot for the details.
What about the part about a team finishing 2nd, but if they finish <20 seconds from first they get that time. While if they finished second at say 45 seconds back, they get only 20 seconds back recorded as their time. They really f***ed this up in my opinion. I think this way only maybe 5 teams will be going full out for the win, the others not giving a crap about where they end up. I expect to see Lotto-Domo taking there sweet time just to keep mcewen in the yellow for as long as possible!
"Training is what Im doing while my opponents are sleeping in."- Bill Robertson
Originally Posted by TriDevil
Let me get this straight: So if USPS is first, and let's say T-Mobil is second by forty seconds, Lance only goes up 20 seconds on Ullrich?
If so, you're right, they sure did f*** this one up.
I believe that's how it will work.
As I said before, my understanding is that the Tour is not crazy about team time trials and includes them mostly for the fans. This may be a compromise they made. Fans get their TTT but it doesn't overly effect the race.
i may have overreacted
I don't agree If T-Mobile sits up thinking they are outside 20 seconds, CSC or Phonak could slip in front of them on placing and cost them another 10 or 20 seconds. The rule makes the teams race for placings instead of time which could make them race harder since a couple seconds could turn into 10 or 20 on GC.Originally Posted by TriDevil
Of course several teams not going for GC could sit up, but that happens in the ITT all the time. I don't see anyone complaining about that
"I feel more now like I did than when I first got here"
I come from a land down under a HUGE helmet!Originally Posted by Smoothie104
Starting times . at the time of posting this its 14:20
EUS - EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 14:15:00
C.A - CREDIT AGRICOLE 14:20:00
COF - COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 14:25:00
RAG - R.A.G.T. SEMENCES - MG ROVER 14:30:00
SAE - SAECO 14:35:00
LOT - LOTTO - DOMO 14:40:00
ALB - ALESSIO - BIANCHI 14:45:00
BLB - BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE 1400
QSD - QUICK STEP - DAVITAMON 14:55:00
DVE - DOMINA VACANZE 15:00:00
IBB - ILLES BALEARS - B. SANTANDER 15:05:00
A2R - AG2R PREVOYANCE 15:10:00
GST - GEROLSTEINER 15:15:00
FDJ - FDJEUX.COM 15:20:00
LST - LIBERTY SEGUROS 15:25:00
TMO - T-MOBILE TEAM 15:30:00
RAB - RABOBANK 15:35:00
PHO - PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS 15:40:00
CSC - TEAM CSC 15:45:00
FAS - FASSA BORTOLO 1500
USP - US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR 15:55:00
T-Mobile and Phonak both having problems with punctures, and waiting for riders. Will USPS stay out of trouble and put big time into both?
T-Mobile is second after the second time check.. they cut around 30 from Illes Balears!
USP had to wait for a cyclist - only 11 seconds in front of T-Mobile at the first time check! USP has the 5th fastest time. Not what is expected from Armstrong's boys!
USP down one man
2nd time check
1- US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR 00:46:30
2- ILLES BALEARS - B. SANTANDER 00:46:58 at 28"
3- T-MOBILE TEAM 00:47:09 at 39"
4- PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS 00:47:20 at 50"
5- LIBERTY SEGUROS 00:47:29 at 59"
Nice comback T-Mobile!
Great time for the Phonak team
1- PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS 01:13:10.660
2- ILLES BALEARS - B. SANTANDER 01:13:18.320 at 07"
3- T-MOBILE TEAM 01:13:22.430 at 11"
Lance will have an advantage of at most 20 seconds over Hamilton and 40 over Ullrich
Last year, wasn't USPS almost last in the first time check? It means nothing. I don't know why Phil and Paul always make a big deal about it.
Ridiculous TTT rules. I can see limiting overall losses, but why penalize a good performance?