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Old 02-16-09, 10:54 AM
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Time Bonus Question

I thought I understood about the time bonuses, but now I'm not so sure. I see Nibali and Van de Walle are not in 2nd and 3rd in the GC standings. Why is that? I don't understand how Levi can be ahead after the proplogue by a mtter of seconds, then those guys can beat him on stage 1 by over a minute, and still he is in second. Did he pick up some bonuses by being 4th on some of those climbs? Even if he did, 45 seconds is a lot of time to get in bonuses.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Levi and I think he'll probably win the te whole darn thing when all is said and done, but I also know I will enjoy watching VS a lot more if I understand what's going on. Thanks racer folk.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:20 PM
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This was an odd one to score. There was an announcement made to the racers on the road that the time gaps the first time they entered the circuit would stand and that after that they were simply racing for places. They did this because they felt the finale would be dangerous? Anyway, VDW and Nibali entered the circuit with the chase group (1:07 behind Mancebo) so that was there finishing time minus time bonuses at the line. So - Mancebo basically had the jersey wrapped up when he entered the circuit. Explains why Astana quit chasing.

At least this is my understanding from reading the cyclingnews.com coverage.
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Yeah, that was a strange move for the officials.
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I bet it's a response to last year's huge crash in the finishing circuits that involved Bott's Dots. Mix in the rain and it was probably a safety-minded decision.
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True, but they had planned to do that going into the last circuit, not the first one.
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Ok that makes sense. It also means that Nibali and Van de Walle were racing only for the stage win, though, so forget any theory about them letting Mancebo take it.

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Times were taken on the entry into the circuit. No time bonuses were awarded. It was a safety issue. The finishing circuits were very tight and, of course, wet. The Commissaires use their discretion to ensure a safe race.
They also shortened the start in Sausalito by a lap in order to avoid problems.
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