01-14-2013, 03:39 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Originally Posted by michalCCR
2012 - 7 stages prior to Rest day
1. Despres 18:12:38
2. Coma + 07:48
3. Rodrigues + 49:39
10. Pedrero Garcia + 1:23:48
The first from Top 10 to change engine was Pedrero Garcia (stage 5 already), then Zanol (stage 8), Despres, Coma and Ullevalseter (stage 9), Rodrigues, Pain, Faria (stage 10), Villadoms, Farres Guell, Botturi (stage 11).
Svitko on 5th was the only one in Top 10 with the single engine, then Czachor on 13th place.
Gaps between Despres and Coma to other riders were big enough and engine change was part of the plan.
2013 - 8 stages prior to Rest day
1. Casteu 19:56:33
2. Despres + 09:26
3. Faria + 11:16
10. Pizzolito + 34:55
This year the competition is tighter and tenth Pizzolito was only 34:55 behind Casteu. The first 20 riders were within the same time variation as first 10 year before.
Botturi, Rodrigues and Despres were forced to change engine due to technical reasons. All the others stay with the first one for now.
It seems nobody wanna lose a good position with a 15-min penalty when gaps are so small.