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?

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-Stage 1. Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont.

Tour de France, 2016.

Stage 1. Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont.

For those still wondering about the PMPC, as the performance requirements increase then the PMPC tends to expand in intensity to match. The use of “on bike” cameras offer an interesting perspective on the movement of riders within the peloton.

Alex Howes, in the break; falling behind in the 3 up sprint-tending to bounce more than his adversaries. At times well defined TPR motion seated, variable skill set when off the saddle. Later on the attack he switched from the TPR to the SBHH, and this is apparent from others in later stages. Skill sets tending to be selected on the basis of need and most effectiveness for the situation; I can’t imagine they think much about each skill set. Hmm, shall I do the TPR or maybe a bit more of the hybrid???

They just get the job done and optimize in the best way possible.

Now the sprint. Cav looks rejuvenated, trim, and above all sharp. Very nice Pro style Hybrid version-compact. Timed it nicely, driving the skill to the line. Kittel and Sagan may have run out of gas, tell tale sign when they begin looking at their front wheel.

Reminds me years ago when Cav wanted to get back to the track and Lefebre, if I recall correctly wanted him on the road. He had been slowing in past years, the Hybrid version less and less vital. Maybe different for different riders, but he knew what he needed to get back on track.

Paris – Roubaix 2016

Picking up the broadcast with Chavanel on the screen, some serious Pro style Hybrid PMPC on display. Were he still on Quick Step he’d be up with Boonen and Martin.

One brief view of Stannard/Sky, a solid Pro Style PMPC. Later on there would be a great off saddle skill set, a good sidebend along with a very marked roll of the trunk, not something I usually see. Certainly variations on the theme, and very effective at that.

Overall, Sagan for example very steady over the cobbles, actively stable, meaning a good PMPC over the cobbles. Contrast with Burqhart later on who waved in the surrender flag, ton of bouncing on the saddle, ill defined trunk movement, end of the day for him with about 48 km to go.

< 66 km to go. The 2nd chase regrouping, likely to break up after the next cobbles. Or so I thought. Surprisingly, gaps are narrowing, this is likely to do with Cancellara and Sagan driving the passenger train. Generally  the chasers lose interest with riders who tend to be ineffective on the cobbles.


Hayman the leader, tip toeing on the turns, while the chasers ride through. Even with over 73 km to go he was on the attack. Considering the finish, this makes the effort and quality riding all the more remarkable.

Something unusual, Martin slowing on the next cobbles? OK then it picks up 2-3 km later. Never did see where he dropped off. Boonen recovering in the group, even this is unusual. In earlier years, it would have been no prisoners taken on the cobbles, cloud of dust, see you later. Attacking the cobbles as if they were a mere inconvenience. The band is playing on under the watchful eye of one of the giants on the north.

Fabian increasing the pace on the chase, Boonen does the same and then the urgency vanishes. The SKY guys seems be coming down like dominoes, at least Stannard recovers and back in the hunt.

Sagan and Cancellara seem to be done, as the gap increases.

A good view of M Burquhart, seems to have given up the ghost, arms locked, some serious bouncing on the saddle, and trunk control is not. Ordinarily one might dismiss this, but this is what happens with fatigue, you can actually sense it and see it. Then end of a hard fought day.

Sieberg almost snuck out the front, then Boonen brings it back together, might just be a test for the next cobbles. In earlier years Boonen might have gapped the group, but 10 riders seems too big for a final sprint.

Is Stannard magnifying trunk rotation, plus a significant sidebend? Appears to be struggling but giving it the last once of effort. Bridging up to van Vanmarcke? Boonen should pencil him in for his Christmas list. Stannards skill is remarkable, all power to the engine room, only 5K to the end. Each is attacking, the others bridge and attack, what a finish! When it looks like it’s going to stick, it does not.

Boonen is boxed in on the sprint, then an opening, though I think Hayman would have been too strong. The quality of the sprint after 6 hrs of racing, the highest quality, off saddle effort and desire than one could have imagined.

Hayman did attack and power on the cobbles, and no I don’t mean power readings. But riding with consistently highly skilled and solid PMPC’s, even though bouncing. Sometimes it seems there is a certain speed at which you can bounce from cobble to cobble, vs. slamming into them.

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.

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.