Jelantik wrote:maybe it got something to do with the arrival of De Jong and Rogers from sky. There's gotta be. I would be shocked if saxo didn't hire them with the mind of getting to know the new method. In the 6 months of Contador's band, sky revolution of training method started to show how the new matra of racing with number can have a great effect. Contador certainly can't just race like the way he used to be. The game is changing now. Everyone got their number based on what their genetics. Maybe now, saxo started looking up more closely of data than it used to be and try to apply different method. Watch rogers movie in saxobank cycling page. http://www.saxobank.com/cycling/. He talked about how if you can squezze 0.5 % or 1 more percent and the next thing you know 1% here, 1% there.. you ended getting more than just 1%.
Contador moved to Lugano also probably part of the reason of the training changes. He said that he can train with more of his teammate (got more motivation) under the direct guidance of Bjarne (Bjarne lives in Lugano). Kerrison in one of his interview said that sky is the only team who offer "one on one" coach to rider ratio. He was surprised that most team let their rider train at their own device. We are all know, sky practically lives in Tenerife. Anyway just offering some observation..
I don't buy this. The Wiggins of last year was doing exactly what Bertie used to do, winning often starting in P-N. Wiggins even took it to the next level and won an early season sprint.
It is obvious Bertie's doing different preparations, but it is nothing like Sky had done for Wiggins. Bertie is doing just fine, he soft pedaled the TT the other day and was within a few seconds of Dawg on the summit finish when he really tried. They will both improve, but maybe their trajectories are different: Bertie's is sharper with more power to be gained and Dawggie is more shallow with less power to be gained. They'll be working on their high-end stuff now anyway so have no fear, the Tour will be a battle.