July 5, 2005: The TTT - Man, machine and team

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The day that many riders dislike, the team time trial is an intense stage conducted over 67.5 km, which took the riders 70-75 minutes to complete. If you're on a team that wants to excel you'll have needed to practice riding all-out in TTT formation many times. The well-drilled teams who are aiming to win the Tour - such as CSC, Discovery, Gerolsteiner, Phonak and T-Mobile - would have practiced these routines. This will include, riding in single pace lines, double pace lines and not having the very fit riders destroy the less fit riders (unless the team can afford to shed and lose riders).

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