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Old 07-08-16, 08:47 AM
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NBCSP TdF graphics question...

Just curious why is it when the peloton is behind the leader, the graphics has a plus sign in front of the time? Shouldn't it be a minus sign?
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Old 07-08-16, 08:50 AM
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The time is the stage leaders time + the time they are behind him. So, if they are 1 minute behind the leader they would finish with an additional minute of time when they cross the line.
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Old 07-09-16, 03:55 PM
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Stage winner gets a Time Bonus and Points..
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During the stage, think of it as the amount of time it will take for the peloton to reach the same point as the leader. So if the leader hits the 10k banner at 4'30" and the peloton is +3, they'll reach the 10k banner at 4'33". It's being constantly measured however and sometimes not accurate.
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
During the stage, think of it as the amount of time it will take for the peloton to reach the same point as the leader. So if the leader hits the 10k banner at 4'30" and the peloton is +3, they'll reach the 10k banner at 4'33". It's being constantly measured however and sometimes not accurate.
Thanks, and yeah, I understand that. But it seems to me that (with your example) the peloton would be -3, not +3. But I'm someone that's always been into mororsports and all the specifics associated with car racing. So this is all new to me.

Since I am completely new to this, if some of you could please explain some of the basic strategies by the riders, teams, etc.. would be appreciated. I have a hard time following why some ride the way they do.

Also, what is the "Chase 1, Chase2 and Chase 3" on the graphics?
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Thanks, and yeah, I understand that. But it seems to me that (with your example) the peloton would be -3, not +3.
It's the same in F1:
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in 1:34:55.831
Second was +8.250s
Third was +16.911s


I thought it was always shown as the leaders time + however many seconds slower you were.
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why don't they show live power meter readings? I saw these for the first time on the recent Tour de Suisse so I know the technology is there along with some commercial ability to do so. In awe at Cancellara's 900+ watts out in the middle of the course (not end sprint).
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Thanks, and yeah, I understand that. But it seems to me that (with your example) the peloton would be -3, not +3. But I'm someone that's always been into mororsports and all the specifics associated with car racing. So this is all new to me.
Most of the motorsports I've seen are the same as TdF. I can't remember as I haven't watched in years, maybe NASCAR does it backwards when showing the time differential between two cars, but the norm would be a fixed lead time plus the differential back with a + sign.

If you are talking about times through a split, you may well have a -, because a car that is behind the leader can be running faster than the leader. Their overall time (what TdF normally shows) would never be a -, though, or they would be the leader.
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