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Scott Francis Baker


July 7th, 2004

"I figured it was poonani with an agenda." - Ferrell on Pudenda @ 08:57 pm

The Tour de France started last weekend. After reading Lance Armstrong's book I have a little better insight of cycling, especially the Tour since he devotes a large part of the book to it. So I was doing some checking to see what the standings were and I found notice of some "new rule" on a couple news article. I did some digging thanks to news.google.com and found out that they instituted a new controversial rule this year.

The Tour de France works in stages. Each day there is a different stage last usually around five or six hours. The bikers race from the starting line to the finish line as quick as possible. They're more competing against the clock than they are each other. It's not a race to be first to the finish line as one might expect. So basically each team competes with each other team's time. So if a team has a horrible stage because of an accident or something it's not uncommon to get behind by say six whole minutes. That amount of time is sometimes hard to make up, but that's what makes it the Tour de France. This ain't your grandma's bike race people.

This year however they instituted a new rule which basically says that no matter how well you ride a certain stage you're only allowed to gain so much time against your opponents. For example if I race a stage in 4 hours and 15 minutes, and another of my opponents finishes in 4 hours and 30 minutes I would (in the past) gain 15 minutes on that opponent. The new rule states that depending on your finish place on the stage you may only gain a certain amount of time against your opponents. I'm having problems finding the exact numbers but it appears to be either 20, 30, or 40 seconds depending the finishing positions.

I'm not a big sports fan, but that seems like a REALLY stupid idea to me. Can you imagine and NBA game where the L.A. Lakers weren't allowed to go into halftime more than five points ahead of the other team? Or perhaps they can limit the number of goals you're allowed to score per period in hockey. The rule exists to allow some of the weaker teams to compete with the big boys. I think that if you want to compete with the big boys, then you should play straight. 15 minutes is only fair if that's how much better I did that the other guy. None of this 20 second crap!
 
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From:vanbeast
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
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jesus christ. I missed the start of the Tour AGAIN? WEAK.

I'm not really into sports at all, but I fucking love the Tour. Jesus... I remember the drama a few years ago when $biker was way the fuck ahead on a mountain stage, and Lance came out of nowhere (literally... back of the peloton) and in the last .5km caught up with the guy. They rode next to each other until almost the end, and Lance let him win the stage, when it was totally clear he could have destroyed (and embarassed) the guy.

The next day, there were interviews all over the place with the guy getting pissed off at Lance. I mean, sure, I can understand it in a way... but hell.. it's Lance Armstrong!

So, yeah. <3 cycling. 'cuz I'm a total nerd.
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From:potsie
Date:July 7th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Holy shit! I don't think I've ever been this angry. Now it's more like TOUR DE CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111
From:bigj
Date:July 9th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
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There is a rule in football that says if you are more than 45 points ahead at halftime you win.

Scott Francis Baker