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Old July 3 2011, 07:44 AM   #6
Roger Wilco
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Andy did in fact arrive in the finish at the same time as Contador, but the difference is that Contador was held up by the first crash at 9km from the finish and Andy was still with the front group when a different crash happeend at 2km from the finish. So Andy was protected by the rule saying that riders involved in crashes within 3km of the finish get the time of the main group in flat stages instead of the time they actually finish in. Which is what made this situation so strange, that people who arrived at the same time officially got different times in the standings. And additionally the Contador group also lost extra time in the second crash but was not protected by the 3km rule because they were not in the front group at the time it happened.
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