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Old 12-07-15, 05:13 PM
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Reducing Team Size In Races

ASO wants to have eight person teams, not nine. What do you think?. What are the pros and cons?
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They'd be much better dropping two Continental teams. Teams are frequently down 1-3 riders by the end of a major tour (last year's TdF 38 riders dropped ~1.7/team). The continental teams don't tend to be particularly competitive and don't add much to the overall race dynamics.

It would make sense to cut the team size down for single day race, but otherwise it's going to result in very hard going for an unlucky team. Alternatively, they could allow teams to substitute a rider during the race, so that teams could replace a fallen rider. You could even restrict it, such that the entering rider would not be eligible for stage wins.
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Old 12-07-15, 08:03 PM
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Seems like substitutions would be gamed - all the rouleurs mysteriously get ill after the first week of the Tour, and are replaced by mountain goats.
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Old 12-07-15, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
Seems like substitutions would be gamed - all the rouleurs mysteriously get ill after the first week of the Tour, and are replaced by mountain goats.
I agree, you have to start the race. Substitutes would not be fair.
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Seems like substitutions would be gamed - all the rouleurs mysteriously get ill after the first week of the Tour, and are replaced by mountain goats.
would it help this to allow subs only when there is a clear physical injury - broken bones etc? hard to believe someone would take a bone-breaking fall to allow a mountain goat in
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Originally Posted by dbf73 View Post
would it help this to allow subs only when there is a clear physical injury - broken bones etc? hard to believe someone would take a bone-breaking fall to allow a mountain goat in
How often does that happen, though? (Well, obviously Froome and Contador in 2014, but apart from that) Abandons are usually a result of illness or soft-tissue injuries, nasty saddle sores, a dodgy batch of electrolyte drink etc. I'd imagine it'd be more a case of "a note from your doctor", but that's as open to fraud as the TUE system.
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