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Attackers climb faster

The Alternative Mountain Classification
21 July 2009
The current Mountain Classification of the Tour de France is based on a points system whereby the first one up the mountain gets the most points. This means that if less good climbers have a clear lead after the flat part before the climb they can steal points away from the real climbing specialists. This creates a misleading picture, in the opinion of the econometrists Prof. Gerard Sierksma and Bertus Talsma of the Faculty.

Today’s digital technology makes it possible to register the exact times taken in the actual climbs. Sierksma and Talsma introduced a new mountain classification based on the actual climbing times. Their King of the Mountains will be the fastest cyclist to climb all the mountains.

Most remarkable this tour is that the attackers climb faster than the peloton. In previous editions this was the other way around. Only on the Arcalis, where the finish was on top of the mountain, the big guys showed themselves. Contador climbed the fastest and gained 21 seconds on his rivals. On all other mountains the attackers climbed faster.

For example, Pellizotti and Fedrigo reached the top of the Tourmalet as first in 53 minutes and 13 seconds andclimbed one minute faster than the chasing peloton. Last year the best climbers needed only 51 minutes and 15 seconds to reach the top, keeping in mind that after that they also had to climb the Hautacam. Clearly the best riders keep themselves of side and leave the fireworks for the Alpes.

Casar is currently the number 1 of our classification. He gained most of his time on the Port d'Envaliram, where he took 2 minutes on the peloton. In the same stage Sanchez and Efimkin also took a lot of time on the peloton and are therefore the numbers 2 and 3. Martinez currently in possession of the Mountain jersey is the number 4.

 

 

Klimclassification 2009 after the Pyrenees

 

 

Rider

Country

Team

Clim bing time

Time behind

Overall

Class.

Mountain

Class.

1

Sandy Casar

FRA

Française des Jeux

4:16:24

 

21

7

2

Luis León Sánchez

SPA

Caisse d'Epargne

4:17:09

0:00:45

11

15

3

Vladimir Jefimkin

RUS

AG2R

4:17:11

0:00:47

15

9

4

Egoi Martínez

SPA

Euskaltel

4:17:59

0:01:35

48

1

5

Mikel Astarloza

SPA

Euskaltel

4:18:00

0:01:36

17

8

6

Jurgen Van den Broeck

BEL

Silence - Lotto

4:18:12

0:01:48

37

19

7

Cadel Evans

AUS

Silence - Lotto

4:18:15

0:01:51

18

21

8

Juan Manuel Gárate

SPA

Rabobank

4:18:33

0:02:09

32

11

9

David Moncoutié

FRA

Cofidis

4:18:35

0:02:11

34

13

10

Laurens ten Dam

NED

Rabobank

4:18:37

0:02:13

40

22

11

Amets Txurruka

SPA

Euskaltel

4:18:44

0:02:20

54

18

12

Alberto Contador

SPA

Astana

4:18:45

0:02:21

2

24

13

Andy Schleck

LUX

Saxo Bank

4:19:06

0:02:42

9

-

14

Bradley Wiggins

GBR

Garmin

4:19:06

0:02:42

5

48

15

Fränk Schleck

LUX

Saxo Bank

4:19:06

0:02:42

13

-

16

Levi Leipheimer

VS

Astana

4:19:06

0:02:42

4

32

17

Lance Armstrong

VS

Astana

4:19:06

0:02:42

3

-

18

Tony Martin

DUI

Columbia

4:19:06

0:02:42

7

38

19

Denis Mensjov

RUS

Rabobank

4:19:06

0:02:42

27

-

20

Carlos Sastre

SPA

Cervélo

4:19:06

0:02:42

16

-

21

Vladimir Karpets

RUS

Katyusha

4:19:06

0:02:42

20

-

22

Christian Vande Velde

VS

Garmin

4:19:06

0:02:42

8

-

23

Andreas Klöden

DUI

Astana

4:19:16

0:02:52

6

-

24

Vincenzo Nibali

ITA

Liquigas

4:19:29

0:03:05

10

-

25

Franco Pellizotti

ITA

Liquigas

4:20:06

0:03:42

46

3

26

Rinaldo Nocentini

ITA

AG2R

4:21:01

0:04:37

1

10

*Times measured on 7 cols; Col de Serra-Seca (1e), Andorre Arcalis (HC), Port d’Envalira (HC), Col de Port (2e), Col d’Agnes (1e), Col d’Aspin (1e) en de Col du Tourmalet (HC).

Last modified:31 January 2018 11.53 a.m.

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