Sure Garmin-Cervelo rode to victory, but they picked their tour team based on winning the Team Time Trial in Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Still it was an impressively fast race covering 23km in just 24'48". The next three teams (BMC, Sky, Leopard Trek) came in 4 seconds behind them. So close, but not good enough to win. Count 1 2 3 4 - loser. That is the story of most time trials.
Bernhard Eisel would have been eliminated if he had ridden outside of the 30% rule. The rule for the cut off time for the Tour de France Team Time Trial: riders exceeding 30% of the leaders (leading team's) time are cut off and disqualified from the race. The winning time was 24"48" (1488"), the cut off was > 7'44". Bernie's time was 5'54, making the cut-off by 1'50". Easy peasy.
Quote: “something strange happens in every bike race you do” ~ Bernhard Eisel.
See the full standings from Stage 2 TDF today: LeTour
Bernhard Eisel TTT Crash (01:04 English) — nbcsports (via Steephill.TV) play button is at the lower left
|Bernie Eisel Photo by PedalDancer.com|
|Bernie Photo by PedalDancer.com|