Tour de France Analysis

Healthy skepticism, dealing with doping and denial

2013-07-09: Skepticism is an essential part of cycling's quest to regain the trust of its followers. Here's…

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Tour 2013 rest day: Pondering the unanswerables with physiological implications

2013-07-08: Chris Froome's near-record ascent of Ax-3-Domaines asks some challenging physiological questions. Proof is impossible, but the implications warrant…

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Clean performances to surpass doped performances?

2013-07-06: A brief look at the the effect of doping on performance, with a view to predicting when, if ever, a clean performance will surpass a…

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Froome’s non-published TDF power output: Noise for ‘pseudoscientists’?

2013-07-05: Team Sky have refused to publish their cyclist's power outputs for fear of misinterpretation by "pseudoscientists". Does he have a point, or is transparency…

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The Power of the Tour de France 2013: Performance analysis groundwork

2013-07-03: The 2013 Tour de France gets underway this weekend, and in preparation for our analysis, I explain the principles and concepts behind analysing Tour mountain…

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Tour de France 2009: Power estimates

2009-07-14: The Tour is currently winding its way through France, in what is another pretty sedate and routine stage so far. It’s looking like a sprinter’s…

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Can we trust the Tour, Sky and Chris Froome: Le Monde Op-Ed

2018-07-06: The French newspaper Le Monde asked me to write an Op-Ed on the 2018 Tour de France, specifically addressing the question "Can we trust Chris…

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The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?

2016-07-04: The 2016 Tour de France is three stages down, and it's 3 to the sprinters. This article, a republish from 2014, looks at the…

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Great power, great responsibility. Less power, greater speeds

2015-07-22: "With great power comes great responsibility", quoted Sky as they released Froome's power data from the Pyrenees. Only problem is that with less power than…

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