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July 10, 2003

BBC Sport | Tdf 2003: Boogerd calls for sprint overhaul

Michael Boogerd of Holland thinks Tour organizers should change the neutral zone, where riders don't lose time on the peloton for a crash, from the last kilometer to the last 5 kms.

"'That way we're more likely to steer clear of the endless crashes we had last year.' Boogerd is among those to have fallen foul of crashes in the opening week - coming off his bike on stage three as well as being caught up in the melee on stage one, which saw Tyler Hamilton break his collarbone... 'It's frustrating that someone else's mistake can cost you a chance to finish the Tour, but that's racing.' "

Seen at LOGos Tour Blog.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 10, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

Comments

In response to Michael Boogerd's suggestion to extend the 1 kilometer same time zone to 5k, I think that's a little too far out. How about 2 or 3k? 5k is enough for some top riders to catch up to the leaders and even win.

Posted by: marcel perez at Jul 20, 2003 12:45:12 PM

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