“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 some rivals, he achieved greater speeds. Physics reared its head, and created impossible scenarios.
Comparative and longitudinal physiology
There’s been much talk of how physiological data – a VO2max – would validate or refute cycling performance. The reality is, as usual, a little more complex than this. My take, some illustrative examples of the concept, and suggestions for how performance, physiology & biology can work together to tell the story
Tinkov’s 3 Grand Tour challenge: Physiological, or folly?
Oleg Tinkov has dangled a 1 million Euro purse to entice cycling’s big four – Contador, Nibali, Quintana and Froome – into racing all three Grand Tours. Is it physiological? Or Folly?
The 2014 Tour: Performance implications & a reflection on the origins
Very brief thoughts on the 2014 Tour, and a particular nostalgic moment to 2009, when David Walsh actually introduced me to performance analysis as a means to flag possible doping. How times (and nationalities) have changed.
The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?
What does it take to win sprint stages and the green jersey of the Tour de France? I explore the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert