Originally Posted by OrionKhan
I'd like to see a grand tour one year with no mountain top finishes. Or limit it to just one mountain top stage finish. I don't mind them going over big mountains. Just would like to see flat finishes. More conducive for breakaways and such. Help break apart the peloton. Just want to see how guys like Cancellara, Gilbert, or Hushovd would do in the overall. Remove the huge time gains in mountain top finishes and it opens it up to a bunch more riders. Don't know how well it would work out, but I'd like to see it once.
Wow, a 3 wk long Tour of Quatar... great
would be about as much fun as a sharp stick in the eye.
way too many flat-ish stages already
breakaways in the era of radio control are mostly TV time for the riders, infinitesimal chances for success.
spartacus, gilbert and now even hushovd are rouleurs - very good ones, and would be great to watch on tough courses with continuous up and down profiles - AS long as radios are taken away...
cadel evens is a rouleur, with some climbing ability - Gilbert needs to work towards that if He's gonna be a GT contender.
the mtns and the TT, currently are the litmus for the true All-rounders.
take away the radios and the rolling courses will again become important.
Sprinter stages are truly a total yawn