False theory imo. As much as I remember, Bernal has never been "out of saddle" type of climber. He's always seemed to be much more comfortable to climb in the saddle. He mainly stands on the pedals when he attacks or sprints for the finish (like stage 9). When he rides steady, hard tempo up the climb, I'd say he normally spends 95% of the time in the saddle.I think Bernal's back is bad. I noticed him get out of the saddle only once on the climb. Compare that to his climbing style on stage 9 or stage 14, where he was standing on the pedals as much as Yates. Bernal did a great job maintaining a steady pace today and minimizing his losses. The question is just whether his back can hold out for one more stage.
In contrast, Yates is an obvious example of a rider who feels very well climbing out of the saddle (I really enjoy his climbing style btw, much more than Bernal's).
Exactly. This type of thinking is a classic one during every single GT. If only there was the 4th week..To be fair, there's a lot of recency bias involved in almost every GT. People often remember who was the strongest and most attacking rider in the last week and think of him as the most deserving winner.