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Improving form for the Tour de France in the next 2 weeks?

Old 06-20-05, 07:16 PM
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Improving form for the Tour de France in the next 2 weeks?

Every serious Tour de France contender has recently said they are not quite up to form yet but hope to gain that edge in the next few weeks. I know Lance always seems to peak at the right time, but what exactly are they going to do in the next 2 weeks to improve their form from where it is now?
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Visit their own personal blood bank?
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Old 06-20-05, 07:22 PM
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Oh, that's soooo devilish of you. It did make me laugh.
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Old 06-20-05, 07:49 PM
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I really wasn't kidding.
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Old 06-20-05, 08:38 PM
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everyone wants to be the under-dog in July.


You won't see anyone come out and say: "I'm in the form of my life!!! I reckon I'll take 6 minutes off Armstrong on the first day in the mountains."
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First off, they'll recover fully from doing the Dauphine or Td Suisse.

Then they'll train whatever weaknesses were revealed in those races. Ulrich's TT form is evidently good, as is Armstrongs, but both seem to lack a full hand in the mountains. So they will do some practice there, on tempo changes and power at maximum, that kind of stuff.

At the same time they can't do too too much or they may come into the hardest three week race in the world under-rested. So they have to find a balance.

I disagree with ed073. Not everybody wants to be the underdog. Lance relishes his role as favorite this year, he just can't avoid it. He has to be in full intimidation mode and have his rivals convinced that they don't stand a chance.
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Most GC contenders don't want to be in peak form during the first week of the Tour, anyway. It's a long haul; they want to peak 10 days in.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Most GC contenders don't want to be in peak form during the first week of the Tour, anyway. It's a long haul; they want to peak 10 days in.
Normally that may be the case and to a degree it is true this year. But, don't forget that there is a 17 mile (or is it K) time trial to open the race, instead of a prologue. If you are caught off-form in that event, you could really damage your GC chances.
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A lot of the Tour contenders include the first week of the Tour itself as part of their rampup to the real race in the mountains. So it's really 3 weeks.
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Originally Posted by flythebike
Normally that may be the case and to a degree it is true this year. But, don't forget that there is a 17 mile (or is it K) time trial to open the race, instead of a prologue. If you are caught off-form in that event, you could really damage your GC chances.
I kinda like that idea in a way. This is Le Tour. It should be a full 3-week race. I hate it when you have to admit that they're speaking the truth when you hear the comments "the race really starts when the road goes up". Last year was a little different in that the damage done on the pave in the first week wrecked the chances of some. If some GC contender loses a bunch of time in the early TT, it'll make for some nice attacking riding in the early mountain stages.
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Originally Posted by flythebike
Normally that may be the case and to a degree it is true this year. But, don't forget that there is a 17 mile (or is it K) time trial to open the race, instead of a prologue. If you are caught off-form in that event, you could really damage your GC chances.
19km I think
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