When talking to Baden after his first TDF he was telling me that he had had to do more strength work as he could only kick with a 53, and needed to be able to get a 54/5 going if he was to have greater success. The green jersey last year showed he was on the right track.
Got to love the leg burn- 3 sets of 5 reps: Standing 200m/800m Roll down in 54*11.
That said, how do I develop my speed?
I've heard you can convert endurance into speed, but not speed into endurance.
What is the best way to develop raw speed?
(this might become a training forum thread)
eurorider wrote:Just for interest, does anybody know what speeds the riders in the TDF typically reach on the final sprints to the line of each stage (assuming on relatively level pavement)?
Cipo in a interview (Ride Magzine) said nowadays sprinters are not as fast as the early 90's (even with better equipment). He said he was once clocked 75 kph+ while Petacchi this year averaged about 70 kph on his Giro winning sprints.
Furthermore, sprinters are now more dependent of teammates to pull them, they can't really win it themselves.
But of course, this is Cipo talking...Besides, towards the end of his career, he need a team to pull him as well.
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