Legal questions about the tour

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by novetan, 31 May 2018.

  1. novetan

    novetan Well-Known Member

    Two questions:

    1) Do domestique riders go all out during time trial to save their legs for their primary duty? Is there cut off time?

    2) very often I saw riders draft behind their team car to get back to the peloton, usually after some mechanical failure. Is this legal?
     
  2. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Location:
    Hexleybeef
    There is a percentage finish cut off for every stage, including time trials. Eg 110% of the winning time, so no one can go too slowly on any stage. The percentage changes depending on the stage. Mountain stages carry the most risk of lots of riders finishing outside the cut off. And there have been times when too many riders missed the cut so the rules have to be bent.

    Drafting the car is a grey area, it is usually allowed if you suffered a mechanical and are trying to rejoin the peleton. You cant hold the car, and you cant draft in other situations suchs as time trials or if you were looking to bridge a gap to a breakaway. The race organisers will fine people and dock time too.
     
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  3. Calcuating the cut-off times is quite complicated. It varies on the type of stage, and also the actual speed of the winner. So you don't actually know what the cut off % will be until the winner has crossed the line.

    There's an interesting article on it here http://inrng.com/2014/07/tour-de-france-time-cut-calculation/
     
    Last edited: 31 May 2018
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  4. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    After bending the rules a couple of times, they introduced a new rule that sets a limit on the proportion of riders that could be eliminated as hors delai, so usually it's just people off the back of the main autobus that get eliminated
     
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  5. I've not been paying attention... Was this in reaction to the stage of the Vuelta a couple of years(?) back when half the field should have been eliminated, but wasn't?
     
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