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.

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?

TDF Stage 2. Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville.

Stage 2. Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville.

Stuyven came within a hair of winning the stage. Good cycling basics, solid Hybrid skill set, active and good weight shifting on the handle bars. The break was slowing down to a crawl on the climb, Stuyven was to have none of it and accelerated, very skilled  Hybrid motion again for the acceleration. Though at times more rotation in evidence, likely a matter of visual perspective.

Still not sure why Tinkoff went took the aggressive lead in the catch and sprint in the end, the win was in their sights, but sacrificed an injured Contador.

Sagan took the measure of the sprint, allowed Alaphilippe a bit of a gap into which he would accelerate. The patience, smarts were there a few years ago. He would have been very tentative, but now he understands what he can do with his PMPC’s and how he measures up. Hybrid version of the PMP, very compact and able to draw the hike in. Contrast with Alaphilippe, almost out of control, and not clear how well he draws from the hike. The extent of the SB suggests he may not be catching the hike as well as he could.

Tdf 2014. Stage 21, 137.5km Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées

Tdf 2014. Stage 21, 137.5km Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées

Good thing for the helicopter view, Kittel just about seemed to stall out, finding another gear and Kristoff seemed to lose some steam. Again, two different styles in play the roll motion (Kittel) and a skill set with an accentuated hike motion (Kristoff).

The women competed earlier, and you would have a tough time telling the difference from the guys, as far as skill sets are concerned. Voss winning and displaying more of a hike motion (the sidebend motion visible from the front), a bit bouncy though. Wild in second, fundamentally a roll motion and expertly done. Sounds familiar, and on the same team as Kittel. Kirchmann (red uniform) in third with the same skill set as Wild. When is the last time the helicopter collected video of the womens’ sprint? Sounds like S. Olds picked up a French accent, life must be good in France.

Ladies Road Time Trial, London 2012

Ladies Time Trial, London 2012.

Overall very good performances, the athletes giving their best. Camera work (from my view point) was quite nice, and what an excellent backdrop of history in which to display the best cyclists.

It goes without saying that all athletes performed on time trial bikes. Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) seemed to roll the pelvis while Emma Johansson (Sweden) rolled the trunk and hiked the hip while off saddle, however the hip hike tended towards isolated while seated, though keep in mind that these are very general impressions. Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) seemed to Sidebend Hip Hike off the saddle. Amber Neben (United States of America) rolled the trunk and hiked. Emma Pooley (Great Britain) kept her arms well bent, presumably weight shifting on the handlebars when off the saddle, which on these configurations may be very challenging.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) relied on the Sidebend Hip Hike, well performed; however it came with an asterisk which is she was seated at the tip of the saddle (like everybody else) and her pelvis bounced on the saddle needing frequent repositioning. Not clear this was instability of the movement pattern, but could result from unstable seating at the tip of the saddle; meaning that a minor bump on the road will cause her to pop off the saddle. The second issue may be that she slides forward on the saddle, needing frequent repositioning.

Kristin Armstrong (United States of America) looked like a sidebend hip hike from the helicopter, certainly a well directed sequence but far from smooth, I would guess the mental process was Drive, Drive, at every aspect of the pedal stroke. Strong performance (an understatement). Some repositioning was apparent. Perhaps somebody will sent her brochures from Rio, I hear the weather is nice there.

Paul Sherwen made a comment on Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation) to the effect that the “movement of the shoulders and top body assisted the pedaling motion”. This I found to be a remarkable observation on his part. Later on he reverted to the usual commentary that the “top of the body was rock solid” on the bike. There is clearly a discrepancy in the commentary with what is clearly apparent from the images. Will the real Paul Sherwen please stand up! What does he really think? People listen and follow what these folks are saying.

Stage 19, Bonneval – Chartres (ITT)

Stage 19, Bonneval – Chartres (ITT) 53.5 km

A Vinokourov, quite stylish in his skin suit, performing a good hip hike motion.

A Brajkovic tends towards a more undulating version of the SBHH while A Kloden seems to rotate the torso, bringing the hip into a hike movement.

T van Garderen, certainly a SBHH movement pattern, though with frequent repositioning which he accomplishes by popping off the saddle and then pushing back. Very similar to the way in which G Hincapie did several years ago. The question is what the impact is over an hour for the time trial, working out to 60 repositionings. The second issue may be how stable he is in that position, especially if the road is not particularly level. He is more than likely too far forward on the saddle, and most riders are at the tip. Not meaning that someone in the learning phases of their development should imitate.

P Rolland, taking care of a trunk roll apparently bringing a hike into the mix. C Froome, also repositioning, though not clear how often. Quite active weight shifting on the aero pads, which is one important purpose for them.

B Wiggins clinches the Tour de France for 2012 with a SBHH which has greater clarity in this TT position. If the team remains relatively intact, Wiggins could manage at least another win, especially if surrounded with teammates who can time trial and climb. V Nibali rode a very solid Tour, challenged at every opportunity and gave it all he had. Will someone be able to create a break and sustain it next year? Perhaps someone like A Contador; who can also time trial effectively. Wiggins had the help of his team to bridge any early gaps, and able to take charge of things himself (by and large) by virtue of magnifying his SBHH movement pattern on command, on any gap, and moving about freely even when the group was stretched out. This was a supremely confident and effective performance from beginning to end. On the final stage in Paris, he and the team might be driving at the front for Cavendish rather than arriving within the safety of the group. Risky, but they came to race.