Stage 20-21

Stage 20. Megève – Morzine.

Alaphillipe compared with Pantano in a climbing situation, perhaps fatigue related. Alaphillipe off saddle apparently weight bearing less on the handle bars than Pantano who was seated. In climbing both situations require greater weight shifting, the off saddle more than seated.

Stage 21. Chantilly – Paris Champs-Élysées

Terrific Greipel win, the downstroke PRF effectively neutralized by trunk rotation. But above all, the genuine excitement in the accomplishment!

And by the way on the women’s side, Chloe Hosking wins the criterium. How? Pro-Style Hybrid PMPC, just as the guys. Revolutionary!

Stage 18. Sallanches – Megève (ITT).

Stage 18. Sallanches – Megève (ITT).

Quintana takes a bit of a hit on his time trialing. Not bad overall, a rather effective Pro-Style hybrid PMPC. He is rather compact on his climbing skills, seated and off saddle. This is reflected on the TT bike. I wonder if he could even magnify his delivery and bring it somewhat to the level of Coquard or Alapphillipe. He would claw himself to 3rd in the end, and I’m sitting watching the show from home, but learning from each individuals’ PMPC skill set.

The forearm pads on Nairo appeared wider that shoulder width, Froome about shoulder width, presumably allowing greater ease in weight shifting the arms, which is of course integral to the delivery of a sound PMPC. One key feature about Froome is his ability to up-calibrate his skill set in the aero position when headed uphill.

Stage 17 Berne – Finhaut-Emosson.

Stage 17 Berne – Finhaut-Emosson.

Ilnur Zakarin, spectacular off saddle, Pro-Style Hybrid PMPC. J Rodriguez and Dumoulin are comparable in terms of a very marked hike. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, a very nice sidebend motion, very little if any air time for Lampre, but if one can highlight individual performances and give them credit, representative of the peloton as a whole in terms of high level skill sets.

Just as the left is somewhat different from the right, Fabio Aru demonstrated greater left sidebending, no big deal, very effective, one side will generally more dominant than the other. But not uniformly so.

Stage 13. TT. Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (ITT)

Stage 13. TT. Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (ITT)

Ten Dam, marked on the hike; Impey on the Hybrid overall. Nibali on the other hand, strained and trunk possibly erratic. Keldeman hard time controlling the bike in the wind, especially with the narrower placement of the aero pads.

I had a bit of difficulty with Froome’s timing, a slow motion would have resolved that.

I like A Yates, great off saddle on the TT bike nonetheless. Quintana, OK for this type of TT, seemed to match what he does on the road bike.

Stage 11-12, plus a Triathlon

Stage 11. Carcassonne – Montpellier.

Sagan led the charge, Froome at max effort to join in the cross winds. 2 members of each Tinkoff and Sky, each with a single minded purpose of reaching the finish line and gaining time or a win. All 4, pro style Hybrid. Very exciting, with the best riders leading the festivities.

 

A triathlon along the way, South Africa.

Annabel Loxford hints of the SBHH. Off saddle on a climb, spectacular with the SBHH which seals the deal on her skill set. Nice weight shift on the handlebars.

I am prob destroying the names. Marco Albert? Both SBHH, gaining time, related to PMPC on the bike?

Overall, from what I have seen, Triathletes are not stellar skill-wise on the bike. Those 2 riders restore some faith.

 

Stage 12. Montpellier – Mont Ventoux.

De Gendt looking quite sharp, Bardet supple off saddle.

Was Froome playing fatigued earlier on? We saw a small chapter of his uphill accelerations, which are fun to practice.

Stages 9-10 TdF

Stage 9. Vielha Val d’Aran – Andorre Arcalis

Dan Martin was a bit of a puzzle, nice off saddle Pro style as is days prior. Seated he reverts to a pivot skill set, great for the classics climbs, should he revise this? He is consistent, similar output on stage 12. Or is it the result of fatigue?

Stage 10. Escaldes-Engordany – Revel.

Huge day for Durbridge, great Pro style hybrid, km after km. Solid. Just as Impey.

Attack after skilled PMP attack, from everybody involved, very impressive and high quality. Which you would never see if all you have are those numbers. Look mom, no numbers!

Sagan did his share and got his finish sprint points.

TdF Stage 8. Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon

Stage 8. Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon

Great Helicopter close up of Quintana and Froome, close ups! The hike well connected with the sidebend. Just like it should be. Magnifying the skill set as the demand requires.

Froome, impressive L hook to the jaw of a fan who ventured into the race, into the 2nd row. Get excited about the event, by the side of the road. There are no prizes for costumes.

Froome would complete a chapter started by Sagan, down low on the top tube, unheard of for the leader of the Tour. But he made it work; did he get anything into the pedals? Fighting for seconds.

TdF Stage 7. L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle.

Stage 7. L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle.

Missed the odd stage along the way. Contador keep the Lshoulder elevated, appears to be hurting and no clear view of the PMPC either. On the following stage, shoulders are even and the PMPC back in line with he is able to do.

Van Avermaet mostly a TPR off saddle and great transitions on/off the saddle. Rejoining a group, Allaphilipe Pro style, extensive ROM much like Coquard. Smaller rider, greater need to higher level of ROM.

Stage 4. Saumer – Limoges

Stage 4. Saumer – Limoges

First time watching a clip of Poulidor on one of his Tours, even in those days, with their equipment, Sidebend Hip Hike off saddle climbing and seated. Terrific!

Impressive, Bryan Coquards performance, sprinting from about 10th position to 2nd, that deserves the sprint of the day award. Significant ROM on the Pro Style-Hybrid skill, which is now looking as one option for the smaller riders. He applied a solid rotation on the downstroke, much like Kittel does.

TDF Stage 3. Granville – Angers.

Stage 3. Granville – Angers.

As dull as the stage was, it gave Voeckler and Fonseca a bit of air time. Voeckler, choppy at times, smoother at others. Hybrid version nonetheless. The guy is always motivated; he seemed to have asked for permission to join Fonseca in the break, as a courtesy of course. “Strange style” they say, skilled I say.

Not quite impressed with Fonseca, skill limited to an attempt at a hike, perhaps he showed a bit more when pressed by Voeckler, but not much. Projected at 2:30 hrs behind GC if he makes it to Paris, I can’t see him climbing with any aplomb either.

I would have placed Dimension Data as the “rider” of the day.

Interesting Cav’s comments, regarding the feeling of urgency on Greipel’s part to accelerate early on the uphill. Cav was more patient and as in the first sprint, a very active and precise version of the Hybrid Pro style. Greipel on the other hand does have a good sidebend, but appears to wait on the “downstroke” and give it a massive thrust. That does explain why he tends to bounce more than Cav, did catch a replay in his finish at the Champs D’Ellyses which showed this. He won the race, he wins races, he is effective. Does Cav distribute the effort over more of the pedal stroke? He would have to on the track. Different versions and areas of emphasis on the hybrid version, equals Preferred Movement Patterns, does it not?

Don’t all sports have their Pro version of skill sets they look for in athletes?