MrSmith - Member
it's not match fixing. the overall result is not affected and any team could have done their own thing at any time. it's more like a batsman in his last innings before retirement on 99 not out and his captain declaring and not letting him reach his 100. there would have been no harm done if he could have stepped up onto the podium after being a tour rider for 15 years.
Rubbish, it is match fixing.
If I let you win today, it'll be on the basis that you ride for me tomorrow, to help me up the mountains. Or maybe we'll just pay your team to ride for us wholesale (remember CSC a few years ago, with the brown enevlope through the car window.) Or it could be that I'm in a break, and I'll just pay you to let me win.
All happen on many occasions, and all affect the result, and it's happened since the dawn of pro bike racing.