Final Stage for the Santos Tour Down Under 2013.

An all Lotto team guiding Andre Greipel (GER) to the finish line; ominous as Robbie McEwen remarked. Much like Mark Cavendish (GBR), Greipel is just as compact in his skilled movement. There may be an indication of a hike motion, but it’s not clear what the overall sequence really is. In fact, it wasn’t until the approach to the finish, a few years ago at the Tour de France, that I was able to identify the roll motion of the trunk in Cavendish. In contrast Mark Renshaw (AUS) who displayed a well outlined skill. I hope there are opportunities later on in the year where the Cavendish and Greipel trains go head to head. Two years ago I would have given the nod to Cavendish, I’ll call it even odds for the time being, either way it will be a great battle for supremacy.

As an aside, Phil Liggett is quoted with “absorb pressure like blotting paper”, now I know I’m getting old, especially when I have some such items dating to the 1950’s or so. Long story.

Stages 4 and 5, Santos Tour Down Under

At the Modbury to Tanuda stage, Phillipe Gilbert (BEL) and Damien Hawson (AUS) were involved in a breakaway, Gilbert with a marked combination of the Roll and SBHH skills, on the other hand Hawson displayed a roll motion, though apparently he did not have the clarity of movement that Gilbert displayed. Will this develop in time?

Old Willunga. For the most part commentary on the climbing towards the end of the race. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) headed up a climb with the hands on the drops and a TPR. Later on Tiago Machado (POR) with a combination TPR/SBHH while Peter Velits (SVK) had a very sharp SBHH. Finally, Tom Jelte Slagter (NED) and Simon Gerrans (AUS) both going “mano a mano” to the finish line with excellent TPR skills. Great win on Australia Day. By the way what was Andy Schleck (LUX) doing over 12 min behind?

Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 3 Unley to Stirling.

Brief TV footage of the race, but quite nice to note some great skills on display. On a climb Jack Bobridge, taking advantage of a great TPR, which illustrates that for some this may work better than the SBHH. Later on Simon Clarke (AUS) and Maarten Tjallingii (NED) both drawing from a combination of the sidebend motion and the roll. Tiago Machado (POR) with a good looking SBHH to climb, and finally David Tanner (AUS) with what looked to be a very good TPR on the uphill to win the stage. The Australian riders were certainly animating the race, on reading the results Adam Hansen appeared in the lead group, he would more than likely have performed the TPR to climb, but won’t know until I see it. He has been noted for that skill on the flats and on leadouts.

Tour down Under Jan 22 ’13

The 2013 race season is underway with the Santos Tour Down Under. Managed to see some fantastic displays of skill, in particular Simon Gerrans (TPR) in disputing one of the intermediate sprints. Notably, he is applying a violent effort on the downstroke and the TPR as a whole keeps the body actively stable.

And out of the pack comes an unmistakable figure, Jens Voigt, attempting to gather a few time bonuses. he does have an unmistakeable style of performance.  The photography, from the helicopter and the motocamera was terrific, great sun and clarity.

Just earlier there was Jordan Kerby, and Under 23 in the waning moments of his breakaway. A very good TPR on the climb, accompanied by tipping of the upper body. In the flat section it seemed that the Sidebend Hip Hike was predominant, however, keep in mind that the camera perspective reveals different features.

Phillipe Gilbert displayed a great roll movement coupled with a sidebend motion which is very common among the elite.