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« on: November 09, 2017, 10:05 »
Unzué Proposes Substitutes In The Grand Tours.

The coach from Navarre proposes that the teams have a bench , but unlimited, if at least during part of the race. "It's about fighting in the same conditions. Cycling should give symptoms of humanity. As there are no options to replace anyone, there we have the kids destroyed, doing stages of 200 km in very bad conditions, "he explains. "If there is no option to change, at least you could consider the possibility of studying with the doctors to have it two days of recovery or when the doctor considers it. But that's what there is. I would like to be able to prove that runners who have fallen in the first week can be replaced, and have three runners prepared to replace the injured , as happens in any other sport. "

So a substitute's bench to replace any injured riders in the first week of a GT or two days rest if they bring in a doctor's note.

Any merit to this at all? Too open to abuse (cobbles guys suddenly develop back problems just after the Roubaix stage and need to be replaced with mountain goats)?
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  • Capt_Cavman

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    Re: Substitute
    « Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 11:28 »
    I think it's an idea that's worthwhile thinking about. As you say, the doctor's note substitution has been abandoned in every sport it's been tried in because it's so open to abuse.

    But a squad of 9, 6 on the road on any given day, must ride all days to win prizes, might get round some of the disadvantages of having big teams without sacrificing the advantages of small ones.
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