He first did Worlds in March or April (not sure) and then the Olympics. Riding 4 km or 200 km is ofcourse totally different and you obviously know that. If you want to be world class on the 4K Team Pursuit you ll get a lot worse in a 200K stage race.El Pistolero said:To me it's pretty obvious that GT wouldn't have won the Team Pursuit if he was born in Belgium. Belgians are decent in the Madison, but that's not an Olympic event anymore. I think GT was second on the Madison last year at the WC in fact.
Just because you win Team Pursuit(while being by far in the strongest country) doesn't make you a winner in this sport: road racing. And for me, GT was not a winner type, but he did seem like a winner type yesterday.
Perhaps I should've said not a winner on the road, but I thought it was implied since this is the road racing forum. Yeah, him not focusing on the track anymore can be a reason for him being better this year. But I don't really believe you need to sacrifice your whole road season just to win a 4km team time trial.
Plus his ideal track weight is obviously not the same as his ideal road weight especially if he wants to win races like yesterdays stage.
If Thomas didnt do the track he would have won a lot more on the road already.