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Excellent point about stopping the race.
For a TTT, this shouldn't have presented a major problem. It could've been managed.

I can't see how. With 4 minute start intervals and that patch of water coming ~9 minutes into the race, there's no way it would have been fair for everyone.

No matter at what time they would have stopped it, there had been at least two teams on the road, either having to cope with the wet roads or having to start the TTT again at less than 100% fitness
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    I can't see how.

    Maybe spray water at the final turn before the finish to even the playing field then?  :D

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    For a TTT, this shouldn't have presented a major problem. It could've been managed.
    I think the teams who were on course at the time of stoppage wouldn't exactly be excited to be set on 'pause' mid-effort ...

    ... but they would probably prefer that to crashing.
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    I think the teams who were on course at the time of stoppage wouldn't exactly be excited to be set on 'pause' mid-effort ...

    ... but they would probably prefer that to crashing.

    My point exactly! If you want to prioritize safety, sometimes you have to sacrifice fair race for safe race.

    In downhill ski racing, the skiers that are stopped due to problems with other sikres in front get to choose when to start again. Most have a completely pragmatic approach to it: this won´t happen to anyone very often (fortunately), and they are happy to stay safe rather than go «all in» to a potentially dangerous situation that may force them to slow down or change course, and thus lose time anyway.
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    If you want to prioritize safety, sometimes you have to sacrifice fair race for safe race.

    well, did you hear any of the Quickstep guys complaining about the wet patches or the Jumbo car in the middle of the road because they were "unsafe"?! No, they complaint because it cost them the win. That's what it's about, nothing else.
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