Abandonments

With some big name withdrawals, including two yellow jersey holders in Fabien Cancellara and Tony Martin, this year’s Tour has seen the usual rhetoric around safety. BMC’s manager, Jim Ochowicz, has called for smaller pelotons while riders and observers comment on the stress of the first week with its high speeds, cobbles and ‘road furniture’. Some have tackled the question of whether the Tour is getting more dangerous; not surprisingly, it’s not really possible to say. The most common approach when attempting to answer this question is to look at abandonments but while we know how many riders withdraw, the
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Bonifications

Time bonuses, or bonifications as the French (and Sean Kelly) call them, were awarded in this year’s Tour de France for the first time since 2007. Barring the two time trials, first, second and third in each stage received a bonus of 10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively. This is relatively modest compared to 2007 when 20, 12 and 8 seconds were awarded. Or 1935 when first and second got 90 and 45 seconds or, in the case of a solo break, the winner’s time gap was the bonus, up to 2 minutes. Or 1923 and 1924; 2 and 3
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