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View: https://mobile.twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1639316234079551498Where are you seeing that, Rick? Thx. I can't say I'm surprised watching that today, I felt like it was big numbers. Getting crazy out there...
So now we get the 6.8 W/kg for 24 minutes.
Almost good enough to follow 2014 pre TdF Contador
Wouldn't explain riders doinng 6.2 W/kg finishing 1'30+ downI would like to comment on the performances of stage 5 in Catalunya regarding the clinic stuff but I really believe that in this case a 20-30 meters error in elevation (such things happen often, a lot of places in the mountains have an inaccurate elevation assigned, I can confirm it as a trekker) is more likely than 3 guys climbing in an ET mode 1900+ m/h (and 5 more guys in Pog/Vinge mutant mode 1850+ m/h) on a medium-length climb.
Wouldn't explain riders doinng 6.2 W/kg finishing 1'30+ down
Then again, VAM is such an unreliable thing if it's not a classic 7-8% climb. You can't compare performances on different gradients.It would explain outrageous numbers. Keep in mind that VAM dropping by 50-70 m/h would still represent very favourable climbing circumstances that I never denied (i.e. unipuerto, low elevation, steep gradient), with top guys achieving 1850-1870 m/h and other good guys 1800 m/h.
Then again, VAM is such an unreliable thing if it's not a classic 7-8% climb. You can't compare performances on different gradients.
... which would be another travesty for cycling considering to what Rominger owes his entire career.
I actually don't believe a guy like Rominger is much worse than any of the big winners today. They do what they have to do in order to win, and if they didn't, then their positions within the sport would simply be taken over by someone else.
Rominger was also a good one day racer and stagehunter before EPO came along (won the gc in Tirreno-Adriatico (plus 2 more podium finishes in the gc in this one, Emilia, Lombardia and a Giro stage in the late 80ies, also 2nd on the gc and stage wins in Romandie). While he clearly became a different rider it wasn't a full blown donkey to race horse transformation, frankly we've seen worse during the last decade or so. He made a huge step forward as a gt rider in the early 90ies, but he was already really good in one day races and shorter stage races before that.Rominger and Roglic share a lot of similarities: the same body weight, both excelled in TTs and mountains, both winners of three consecutive Vueltas, both winners of nine big 1-week races, both 2nd at the Tour (as their best result), both with a big TT achievement (1-hour record and Olympic Gold respectively). Primoz needs this Giro victory and one more monument to make it a perfect draw.
I mean I'm sorry to his fanboys but peak Indurain gets spanked by Pog & Rog in the final km of a col, whilst they could arguably match him (or at least certainly limit their losses) in an ITT.
if they manage to stay with Miguleon when he executes 500+ watts for 45 minutes before that final km. As for TTs, he was an absolute monster. One year he kinda won the Tour before it even entered the mountains. Rog & Pog would limit their loses on shorter or hilly TTs but not on those 50+ km flat courses from the 90s.
While other brands were experimenting with skin creams and lotions, the geeks at Maurten have found a way to get bicarb into the blood by having athletes eat a jello-like mixture that protects the stomach. And crucially, it doesn’t bring the risk of turning bib shorts brown.
Jumbo-Visma was involved from the very start of the years-long development process of Maurten’s must-have marginal gain.
Links between the Swedish brand and Jumbo-Visma’s lead nutritionist Asker Jeukendrup saw the team’s fleet of world-toppers become bicarbonate guinea pigs from as far back as 2019.
Roglič even used the in-development product before his victory over adversity at the Tokyo Olympics.
More recently, the nutrition brainiacs also worked with racers from SD Worx and Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in a back-and-forth process of training camp tests and laboratory tweaks until its formulation was ready for lift-off this February.
‘It’s opening a new world for some riders’
Roglič and Van Aert are both very big fans of Maurten’s new system. (Photo: DIRK WAEM/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)
Heijboer told VeloNews most of his fleet of classics and stage racers started using the raw and unreleased system in 2021 before a sponsor-enforced break last year.
But now in 2023, Jumbo-Visma is fully loaded with bicarb, and loving it.
“This system is opening a new world for some of our riders who weren’t able to use bicarb before. I think it’s really a big change and a big advantage for riders who weren’t able to use it before,” Heijboer said.
As well as preventing G.I. distress, the new product also doubles bicarb absorption rate, meaning the gains are still coming seven hours deep into the longest monument or world championship race.
Heijboer couldn’t reveal if Van Aert used it at Milan-San Remo this weekend, but you can be he probably did.
“Using bicarb isn’t all about how a rider’s legs ‘feel,'” Heijboer said. “We’ve seen the power outputs for 20 or 30-second sprints is higher with bicarb. The riders cope better with the lactic acid which is produced in those hard efforts.
“So it definitely improves perception, but also output. That’s why riders like it so much.”
Using sodium bicarbonate isn’t for absolutely everyone though.
Heijboer said Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard is one of a handful of his team that steers clear of baking soda, while other recent users told VeloNews they were skeptical of its impact.
But the doubters aren’t stopping Maurten from being so confident in the power of its new system that its top brass is already talking about the ethics of using it. Sodium bicarbonate isn’t restricted by WADA and other doping bodies, but Maurten believes that might change now the brand has revolutionized its use.
For now however, the WorldTour might get a little bit faster thanks to a basic baking product.
But honestly I much, much prefer this current era, despite the everlasting charm of those childhood summer memories I have (yeah, that obviously includes Indurain & Rominger), i.e. give me the above Lo Port shootout any day over riders in the 1990's powering solo to the line. Rog & Evenepoel didn't just drop the watts, they literally raced each other. For the month of March in a cycling season to have two GT champs fighting like this in a one week stage race, it's wild.