Tdf 2014, Stage 20, 54km. Bergerac to Périgueux (ITT)

Tdf 2014, Stage 20, 54km. Bergerac to Périgueux (ITT)

T Martin displays an excellent trunk rotation and hike motion, all at the same time. Fundamentally an off saddle roll and the second he lowers back to the saddle back to the rotation/hike skill set. Was Chavanel able to isolate the hike motion on the lower trunk roll?

Rogers back in the news and weight shifting on the elbow pads, there is no other possible conclusion. And finally a view of Horner, a mystery thus far as he generally wears a cape rather than a jersey: OK so rotation/hike, very compact. Something which could easily get lost with a camera which is not very steady.

Berdet appearing to shift fwd and back on the saddle. While Peraud attempting to bounce where there was no place to, certainly missing finer details, appearing disorganized. Coming in at 7th for the stage.

Finally, van Garderen rotation off saddle, always unclear how much of the bounce is in the useful range while hiking on the saddle.

Tdf 2014, Stage 18. 145.5km. Pau to Hautacam.

Tdf 2014, Stage 18. 145.5km. Pau to Hautacam.

Did you know that Tetrapods (our ancestors) left the sea and onto land with a SBHH? Still doing what comes naturally.

Reza has been incredibly busy this tour, in particular leading out sprints and also in breakaways. Looked rather stiff off saddle, appeared to lack that suppleness of climbers. Certainly deserves a further look at, which ain’t happened yet.

Kadri ticking away with the hip hike, and adjusting the skill to the rpm and slope of the climb.  Trofimov on the other hand dangling in the chase and can’t quite get organized. A pair of riders, Kadri and Nieve same skill set at the same time, roll incorporated into the SBHH. Though it still appears that riders emphasize one or the other skill set.

Nibalis’ skill set is very compact and effective; in fact his accelerations are unmatched and very similar to Froome’s from last years’ version of the TdF. Skill set is magnified to produce the acceleration. There are no weaknesses here, in full command.

Valverde gets dropped by the chase and then forced to lead a second chase. Nobody will work with him.

A view of Majka from behind at quite some distance, dropping to the saddle, a sign of fatigue.

TdF 2014, Stage 16. 237.5km, Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon.

TdF 2014, Stage 16. 237.5km, Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Gautier helping Thomas V in the mountains, practically a carbon copy of the other in skill sets as well as mannerisms perhaps. Suggesting, that riders copy what works from others and discard what does not? A small peloton with 27 km to go and Rogers taking advantage of the SB with rotation, which it is becoming apparent, intimately married to trunk rotation.

A rare sight of TJ vG off saddle and very active (for him) with the SBHH, then resorting to a bopping motion and gets dropped. The bop up down is not generally a good sign. Schleck becoming very flat and gets dropped. On the other hand, Bardet also gets dropped though not without a fight, squeezing all he has left of the SBHH, off saddle or seated. Gautier perhaps out of context but totally disorganized later on. The stage ends with an exclamation mark, Rogers takes a bow for the assembled, as well he should, for a job well done and a great career which has seen some highs and lows in the TdF. Teams adjusting to adversity and finding ways to win stages, stage wins that would not happened otherwise.

TdF 2014. Stage 15, 222km. Tallard to Nîmes.

TdF 2014. Stage 15, 222km. Tallard to Nîmes.

Elminger and Bauer seemed to share the work in the breakaway, they were like mirror images of the other. Sure looked as it would succeed with all the flyers off the front from the chase. Bauer would be denied with 10m to go. The trees got in the way of a good view of Kristoff’s sprint in what may have been a roll motion.

TdF 2014, Stage 14, 177km, Grenoble to Risoul.

TdF 2014, Stage 14, 177km, Grenoble to Risoul.

Kinda like Pinot’s performance, very fluid movements, more so than most riders. Majka exceptional in the break, Roll of the torso and hike of the pelvis. Very active torso. The back and forth of the cameras in the final stretch was somewhat difficulty to follow with the leaders and 2 very active chase groups took away from a good look at the skill sets.

Ten Dam was hanging in back of the Valverde group and left them with a rotation/SBHH off saddle. May not have wanted to work with Valverde. It may have been Bardet who seemed like he got caught off guard by the resistance on the L crankarm, and resolved the issue by driving it with a good rotation.

TdF 2014, Stage 13, 197.5km. Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse.

TdF 2014, Stage 13, 197.5km. Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse.

Demarchi off in the break since the start of the race, a distinct SBHH, with periods of looking sluggish and then sharp, then again I don’t always have a good feel for the slope and certainly not the effort. Either way an excellent ride, which he did last year as well if I recall. The most aggressive rider award well earned.

Nibali left without teammates on the final climb. Valverde SBHH off saddle, looking very relaxed. Nibali bridges to Koning and Majka. Nibali accelerates to the lead dropping Majka and Konig.

Valverde attacks and Pinot responds admirably with a very tight roll, off saddle. All the more remarkable climbing and at the end of the race. TenDam demonstrated good resilience by latching on to the group. Was Valverde tilting the pelvis as he was riding along with Pinot? Valverde is always reluctant to working, preferring the free ride, he ought to take the reponsibilty of taking the lead, much like Vangarderen did moments later.

The mountains which giveth away trips up the standings may taketh away the next day. Nibali still looks comfortable, but who can predict anything about this edition of the TdF.

Ton of criticism for not including Wiggins in the Sky roster, still think that was the correct decision, teams can have only one captain else we have the infighting, endless media quizzes over who is the leader and a real circus. Make your decision, 1 leader and go with that.

TdF 2014, Stage 12, 185.5km. Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Short report with the highlight S Clarke SBHH, either seated or off saddle, very nice skilled performance. At the sprint Kristoff vs Sagan, great comparison of the SBHH and the TPR (by and large) side by side.

TdF 2014, Stage 11. 187.5km Besançon to Oyonnax.

TdF 2014, Stage 11. 187.5km Besançon to Oyonnax.

A view of Talanski after his last fall and his chat with Hunter at the guardrail. Would have given anything to listen over that conversation, in the end he soldiered. Providing a very heartfelt interview at race end.

During an intermediate sprint, Greipel gets rather bouncy initially then seems more stable as he reaches sprint velocity. Kittel demo’d significant rotation and quite interesting comparison when these riders are in the same frame.

Later on N Roche seated and rotation plus hike, while SBHH off saddle. Nice performance there. Kirienka riding in the gruppetto? I thought he may have been resting up for the upcoming climbs, perhaps not, but I did not get to see the full races. On an interesting note Durbridge climbing off saddle SBHH and in the next moment it appears as a TPR, which I have seen on occasion, demonstrating the remarkable adaptive qualities of many of these exceptional athletes.

Good thing French TV stayed on for Talanski’s ride, turned out to be a good story, when can hope that perseverance and respect for his teammates and the event/sport will see him have success in his career.

TdF 2014 Stage 10, 161.5km. Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.

TdF 2014 Stage 10, 161.5km. Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.

Finally a view of a major blow up (I have been waiting for this event for some time), it was Tony Martin nonetheless. After pulling his teammate through the countryside, he sits up on a climb and has nothing more to give. How does he look? Off saddle, high off the bottom bracket, apparently only able to settle on the crankarm for propulsion. No torso/pelvis rotation, no hip hike and may have been tilting the pelvis.

Galloping was in fact tilting the pelvis while seated and later on seemed to recover for a roll movement off saddle. Nice Nibali acceleration on the final 3 km, SBHH along with features of rotation. Porte seemed to have a lot of passengers waiting for him to do all the work. Rodriguez SBHH, off saddle hands on the hoods, very quick but Nibali was able to accelerate and gap Rodriguez, very effective. Looks like the GC is sorting itself out.

TdF 2014, Stage 9, 170km. Gérardmer to Mulhouse.

TdF 2014, Stage 9, 170km. Gérardmer to Mulhouse.

That guy is everywhere, Reza, contributing to the chase group, and thumbing through the stage descriptions in CyclingNews he appears in a photo of the sprint on last years’ Champs d’Elysses. Is there anything he can’t do?

T Martin wins the stage and from what I hear from the NBCSN production a German won a TdF stage on the same day the Germans also won the World Cup many years ago; History repeats.

He appears to isolate the pelvis, the fact is that the torso is actively involved as well. Weight shifting when off saddle is significant, pushing down on the handlebars rather than the popularized and excessive side to side sway of the bike.

I love it when the perception of “locked solid, all the power coming from his thighs”: while the broadcast has interesting tactical observations and rider perspectives, there are a also major inaccuracies, and that one takes the prize.

As a point of comparison with Kadri, the previous day, TM’s skill is much more compact. Is his hike more powerful than Kadri’s? After all the mass is greater, but there is also gearing, slope and timing. Temporary mystery. Kadri paid for yesterday’s effort but I could not tell how sharp he was by comparison.

Edet and Rodriguez go “mano a mano” for 1 point on the Polka dot competition. Off saddle on the drops, SBHH, and I could not tell what Edet was doing without the helicopter view (Rodriguez for sure is SBHH), using the event to get into shape for the Vuelta. Showing he is healing after an injury at the Giro.

Stage 8, 161km. Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine.

Stage 8, 161km. Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine.

One can always count on Chavanel for a long breakaway, on the flat section it was a roll/ hike movement while off the saddle it appeared more of a roll motion. The view perspective usually has an impact on the impression of the skill set. The cows were out in force enjoying the Tour, French cows that is. Wonder what their Brazilian counterparts were mulling later in the day.

On the Kadri solo to the finish his SB movement is accentuated in comparison with Chavanel, plus significant torso rotation overlaid on the whole. If you had a close look at his weight shifting on the handlebars, you may have seen the triceps light up and the shoulder ER over the grip for greater stability. Nibali and Contador would be doing the same later on when off saddle. Nibali would be content with staying on Contador’s wheel to the finish.

Porte is speaking more like a confident leader of Sky than he was a few days ago. He just about rode himself to the Contador/Nibali pair.