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.