I'm not sure the chalk guy is an official. If he's not, then him waving the group through/or not trying to stop a group would have no impact on the UCI's decision, it is the job of the riders to know the rules. If he is an official and made no attempt to stop group #1, that would add some justification to their argument they shouldn't have been DQed.atpjunkie said:and is wearing a motorcycle helmet which IMHO means he's the guy who has been holding the Time Gap chalk board for years. There's been articles about him. So that would make him a race official.
I don't think because he was directing traffic, that it means he was an official, but possibly, as someone else said, the time gap person. Normally, UCI commissaires drive around in the official cars of the race, because they need to do a lot of different things during the race, and don't normally ride on the backs of motos. I could be wrong, but I think that this is the case. The guy in the picture might be working for the race, but I don't think he's an official. Just my opinion.rocco said:When I watched the race I clearly saw a person dressed in red that was directing traffic at the crossing.
What I meant to say, but didn't, is that, if the standings had been "as is" the stopping and going of the guys at the gate wouldn't have made a difference. I think 2, 3, and 4 would have all stayed as they were if they had stopped, or if they hadn't been stopped. I don't think they should have DSQ'd those guys, is what I really meant.atpjunkie said:when 2-3-4 were DQ'd? and 4-5-6 wound up 2-3-4.now callme wacky but that kinda sounds like a 'different outcome'. didn't effect the winner but placings get ya UCI points which will help Turbo Tom stay at the top. push Hoste down the standings, hurt P-V-P,help Ballan and Flecha.....
If Hoste, PvP, and Gusev had stopped at the gate, Boonen, Flecha, and Ballan would have caught up to them before the train passed and all six would have started together when the gate lifted, so there would most likely have been six people sprinting for the other 2 podium steps.magnolialover said:What I meant to say, but didn't, is that, if the standings had been "as is" the stopping and going of the guys at the gate wouldn't have made a difference. I think 2, 3, and 4 would have all stayed as they were if they had stopped, or if they hadn't been stopped. I don't think they should have DSQ'd those guys, is what I really meant.
If one or more leading riders make it over the crossing before the gates shut and the remainder of the riders are held up, no action shall be taken and the closed level crossing shall be considered a passing incident.