Giro D'Italia 2012 TTT Gallery

By: Philip Gale Jun 7

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The team time trial is an event both mythologized and overlooked in cycling. Often a staple of the first week of the grand tours, the TTT is the yardstick that measures overall team strength, efficiency, and panache. It’s also the event that highlights the simultaneous competition/cooperation inherently unique to bike racing. The difference is, unlike a day-long breakaway, where the hard-earned friendship of breakmates collaborating against the will of the peloton inevitably falls victim to the desire to win, in a TTT the collaboration goes all the way to the line. The victory (or loss) is shared, and there is little room for ego. And there are few sights in sport more beautiful than a well-drilled team sliding through the air at 65kph in a perfect single paceline. —Ed.



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