Originally Posted by Dazed and Confused
well, nobody does it except Sky. With lots of piano and group riding in races these days (although the season has started on a high note imo), I can somewhat see where Sky is coming from. Lets see if it works out in the spring classics.
(if I understood your question)
I have impression that Sky's methodology is slightly different than using races for training in traditional sense.
From what we can see, they're combining blocks of trainings and races just like everybody else. But looks like the difference is in intensity of racing. They're leaving impression that they're doing the races all-out. Treating them like time checks in a tt. After every time check (race) they have feedback about their current maximum level and what should be done till the next time check.
Also, this kind of approach, besides informations about their absolute level of fitness, gives them opportunity to compare themselves in relative terms - against rivals.
In short, they use races like tests of their limits, instead like part of programed long - term training
. That's the difference between their and traditional approach.
Getting used to winning is useful side effect.