Agree with Wookie...without a tt, we wouldn't necessarily found out who is the best overall. Cancellara, Martin tear up the time trials, but since they don't climb as well, don't win the overall. Shleck, although a great climber, is weak in the tt, and so doesn't win the overall. Last couple Tours - Evans climbed and tt'ed to victory in 2011, while Wiggins tt'ed superbly and climbed well enough to keep the lead. Nibali would have won the Tour last year if there was no tt (since Froome was domestique for Wiggins).TT's make the race for me ... I love them and the TTT ... that is my favorite race of all since it shows the strength of the "Team" and not just individual riders.
Good point... The other day I watched a group of girls beating the snot out of a stronger boys team at the velodrome. Pure teamwork when doing the pulls.I like the TTT as well, for the reason Wookie states. If the race is a team effort, which it is, the TTT emphasizes that aspect of the race.
Agreed. I like the GTs to contain a good mix - Sprint stages, Mountain Stages and ITT/TTT stages - gives different kinds of riders a chance to shine.TTs we need, it's prologues in Grand Tours that need to be shown the door. Fortunately, we won't be seeing one in 2013.
Wasted day, if you ask me.
It is the only fair way to begin the race. Without it all places on GC are superficial until the first successful break, then only those finishers have "real" places in GC.I cannot for the life of me see a purpose to a Prologue - let's just get the race on!
All Prologues need to be renamed: "Stage One"
Doesn't make him less of a doper. So, we're not really for clean cycling, just not doping by meanies? Still, kinda funny that there were guys who wanted to tell on him, but couldn't because they were also on the sauce.Big Mig wasn't an a* hole and kept his mouth mostly shut