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João Almeida - Bota Lume

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Very sound and level-headed way to look at it.

Almeida is consistent and one day. One race. It might be to his advantage.

11 wins, so far, is not bad either.

He still has time on his side.
 
He is my least favourite rider in the entire peleton

C'mon you at least got to love the consistency and the bounce back move?

I meant more in the direction of not being obsessed with winning the Tour at age 20. Learning the craft and trying to hit the peak of his career in between being 25 and 30 years old. Taking things like mental stability into the account.

We'll see on where that takes him. If he can really make that one step further, physically, then he is right there in top tier.
 
Very interesting piece of info from the renowned blog by Mr Ring -

https://inrng.com/2024/02/tuesday-shorts-17/#more-43934
...the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, a scientific journal, describes the five month training regimen of a 25 year old rider on the podium in the Giro. Given Roglič and Thomas are well into their 30s it doesn’t take too much to guess that the rider’s first name is probably João but the interesting thing is the way it describes how intense training efforts are carefully spaced apart and that the harder the training gets, the more rest days are included. Obvious you might think reading it like this, but there are many ways to measure effort but few to monitor fatigue and the bias has long been that more riding is better, while rest invokes a fear of missing out. One factor explored here already is how calorie consumption has changed and is making racing livelier, another idea to explore further is how more rested riders, whether from training or processional sprint stages, are also contributing.

Study at (so you too can be like a Giro podium cyclist!)
https://journals.humankinetics.com/...2023-0224/article-10.1123-ijspp.2023-0224.xml

Edit - "During training a pattern alternating “hard days” versus “easy days” was observed, as significant amounts of medium or high intensity, or load, were not performed for more than 2 consecutive days" is a quote from the study, which is interesting as Sky/Ineos rode GT's with 2 day blocks at 100% and then a rest day, which of course matches the current GT parcours of no more then 2 consecutive hard mountain stages.