- Dec 7, 2010
Thanks for that. I knew all those contradictions existed but I didn't have the links on hand.Danielovich said:I have to post this once again. I haven't read the Kimmage piece but apparently Froome says in there somewhere, that he does specific wind-tunnel training for the high cadence attacks.
Can anyone confirm if anything like that is being said in the interview ?
Go in 2:45 in this video interview with Froome where he states on camera that he haven't done any specific training for that attacking-method. I know it's from last year and there might be a change in his training-program of course, but I still find it strange that the stories contradict all the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay48ZWkoeHU
And then Kerrison in another interviews, also around a year ago, states the opposite and claims his intervel training to be the key. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/jul/15/team-sky-chris-froome-tour-de-france
Let's look at the first one.
July 15, 2013
The day after Froome’s victory on Mt. Ventoux.
When asked about the training behind his high-cadence attack...
Ummm, I haven’t done any actually specific training of high-cadence or anything like that, ummm...it must just be...heat of the moment in the race, uh...but, uh...yeah, maybe something I should think about factoring into my training <he says with a sarcastic tone>. Thanks (then dismissively puts down microphone, putting and end to the topic of conversation).
In direct contrast to that, some excerpts from the second link:
July 15, 2013
So...it's not rehearsed. They just practice that "for fun.""Pete Kennaugh was laughing at the end of the stage," said Kerrison. "He said the way Chris rode that climb was exactly what we do in training every second day.
The guys in the team who train that way look at [Froome's attack] and think, 'He's rehearsed that way of riding, three or four times a week for the last two years'."
"There is a significant increase [in drag] when you attack out of the saddle compared to staying seated and keeping your body narrow.
Froome's high cadence was surprising, but not rehearsed in training, the race leader said. One explanation is he had no option but to spin the pedals faster because changing on to the larger chainring at the moment of attack brings the risk of derailing the chain and aborting the attack, as Andy Schleck found in 2011.
Kerrison adds that about once a week Sky's riders practise riding in the highest cadences they can manage, basically for fun.
OK. Maybe someone else can reconcile those apparently contradictory statements better than I.