Jump the stage Chaves and soon also the Giro.
GUALDO TADINO: Matej Mohorič won an amazing and beautiful stage, the longest in the Giro d’Italia. The stage which gave the first big twist with the goodbye to the pink dreams of the small and smiling Esteban Chaves. After the smile of the Etna volcano, the tears. A merciless reflection immediately after the finish line. “This is the Giro. A few days ago it was one of the best days, now it’s really hard for the mood. This is the life. I had no strength in my legs, I could not stay with the best cyclists on the first hill. At a certain point, we had returned to a minute of detachment, then there was nothing to do”. A bitter leaving, that leads the Dutch Tom Dumoulin and the transalpine Thibaud Pinot to advance and occupy the provisional podium respectively on the 2nd and 3rd place in the ranking. Dumoulin, the most complete rider of this Giro, is very advantaged. He is very competitive also in the uphill stages, despite its ninety meter in height. Yates, up to now, is the strongest, he rides a bycycle so easily as if he did not feel the chain. Etna and Campo Imperatore have left everyone speechless considering the performance of the English cyclist. If these are the premises, the Giro d’Italia 2018 starts to become a great match. Also the teams affect the results, of course, and from this point of view Yates is unquestionably more equipped. And however: finally the Giro begins. The preliminaries are officially closed. It becomes a serious thing. It’s what we really wanted. What Italy deserves. If Froome and Aru return to dress as superheroes, then there will be to sit comfortable in the armchair to enjoy all the stages of this Giro101. At SportPlusHealth we also support Domenico Pozzovivo, but we prefer him to surprise us. Download the Sport Plus Health app Arrival order: 1 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain – Merida 6:04:52 2 Nico Denz (GER) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:00:00 3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:34 4 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL – Jumbo 0:00:34 5 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 0:00:34 Ranking 1. Simon YATES (Gb – Mitchelton-Scott); 2. Dumoulin (Ola) at 41’’; 3. Pinot (Fra) at 46’’; 4. Pozzovivo at 1’; 5. Carapaz (Ecu) at 1’23’’; 6. G. Bennett (N.Zel) at 1’36’’; 7. Dennis (Aus) at 2’08’’; 8. Bilbao (Spa); 9. Woods (Can) at 2’28’’; 10. Froome (Gb) at 2’30’’; 12. Lopez (Col) at 2’37’’; 14. Aru at 2’39’’.
SPORT PLUS HEALTH: NIBALI AND TEAM BAHRAIN MERIDA
(Photo Bettini). Sport Plus Health is the virtual coach with training plans shaped by Paolo Slongo, that since the start of the year supports Bahrain Merida, the team of Vincenzo Nibali: it has already served the red-and-blue team very well, with amazing results through the first part of this season. Sport Plus Health is an app that enables all endurance athletes to perform their own fitness tests (Mader, FTP or Critical Power), establish the starting level of athletic conditioning, plan their training and monitor all improvements thanks to a powerful data analysis software. A project that seamlessly integrates with all devices commonly available to the public (powermeters, cycle computers, heart rate monitors) and that use Ant+ or Bluetooth wireless technology. “A real tool for work” says Vincenzo Nibali, a big supporter of technology. Thanks to the close collaboration with the Bahrain team, the technicians of the Swiss company, under the supervision of CEO Andrea Dariol, have been able to refine and perfect all features available in the app, like the live transmission of all athlete’s parameters to the coach, the ability to monitor a whole team or the easy programming of turbo trainers. A tool for all sport enthusiasts, who are finally able to take full advantage of the training plans prepared by Paolo Slongo or by their own personal coach. Avoid injury and overtraining, improve health and levels of fitness. The professionals of sport and well-being that you can rely on. Download the new Android app, also available for iOS soon. dev.sportplushealth.com
NIBALI: WHAT A SURPRISE.. OR MAYBE NOT. PAOLO SLONGO’S WORD OF HONOUR
NIBALI: WHAT A SURPRISE.. OR MAYBE NOT. PAOLO SLONGO’S WORD OF HONOUR At the start line, in the square in front of Milan’s Sforza Castle, team Bahrain Merida is getting ready to set out on a Milan-Sanremo edition that promises to be very wet. Other riders are the favourites for the race, and as a matter of fact the spotlight is turned on Sagan and Kwiatkowski. The preparation goes on steady, but it’s not relaxed. Plenty of fans out there, but the rain is pouring down and the riders take shelter in the motorhome, right until the last minute. The official start is scheduled for 9:45. At 9:30 Paolo Slongo leaves the bus as well. He is the man who has been protecting the secrets of Vincenzo Nibali‘s preparation for years. He looks after the rider since his seasons in the Liquigas team, when the champion from Sicily managed to step up onto the podium of ‘La Classicissima’. Paolo sees us and waves. We really don’t want to disturb him but he comes close for a quick word with us. We ask him if he has any surprise in store. He stares hard at us, and his eyes confirm that it could well be. He lets it slip and adds “We will come up with something. We feel great today”. A very clear indication of optimism. Slongo does not have a pre-tactical way to do things: only 15 days ago, before Tirreno-Adriatico, he spoke to us. “At Tirreno [-Adriatico] we will not be ready enough for the podium, but we are not too far neither. We had a few issues during the preparation, like in Argentina, when Vincenzo got sick and lost a few days of racing”. The Italian stage race (Tirreno-Adriatico, in fact) helped ‘The Shark’ get the right pedal stroke. “We managed to work on sudden changes of pace in climbs and on ‘over-rev’ kind of efforts. An excellent preparation”. At Sanremo everything went really well, with a thrilling finale, like in a movie. Nibali himself added “I knew I had good legs when I was on Cipressa; by when we reached the Poggio I couldn’t wait for someone to sprint. What else can I say? An immense joy, I cannot believe what I have just done”. In the coming days we will reveal other details of the partnership that in recent months has seen Bahrain Merida and Vincenzo Nibali collaborate with SportPlusHealth. The new Android App is available now. Soon for iPhone as well
THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST
After coming back from China where he took part to the last event of the World Tour season, Davide Martinelli spoke about this experience with SportPlusHealth. In China I completed a stage race very hard also from a psychological point of view. Usually by the end of October we are already in holiday. Despite this a lot of athletes arrived here in great shape. In World Tour races you can always find numerous champions and the competition level is high even if someone was more tired than usual. In fact the group was reducing in number more easily than during other races. Davide was in China to cover a role which was very important for the final result. “I was there to help Fernando Gaviria. I was the second-last man and I did my job in the best way. I had the same responsibility during the Giro d’Italia, helping Max Richeze and Fernando Gaviria. The outcomes has been very good, with 4 victories and a second place. As you can see from the attached file we put a lot of effort and during the last 200 meters of the stage we made the best performance ever. Even during the hardest stage we worked hard for Alaphilippe, bringing him to the 4th place of the ranking. Another great outcome.” After coming back to Italy the athletes are preparing themselves to rest, but with some shrewdness. “It is true – Martinelli admits – our bodies are used to train very much, up to 22 hours per week. For this reason suddenly interrupt the workouts would be a bad idea. It is better to perform light trainings because the muscles would suffer instead.” After this short period there are 15-18 days of full rest. A good moment for family and friends. Around the 20th they will start back with alternative trainings, like footing and gym. Then from the 20th they move back to bike together with gym. Instead after the 1st of December the bike workouts will be the only activity performed. What is the best way to start over? Three days of gym followed by bike and two days of footing. A total of five days followed by two days of rest. Also from a psychological point of view this is not an hard come back. The effort increases around the 10th of December, when the retreat starts in Spain. The winter is very important to reset the emotions and restore the body. You free your mind, thinking to something different from the bike while doing all those activities impossible to manage during the season. The coach analysis: Analyzing the file from Davide Martinelli, regarding the 6th stage of the Tour of Guangxi, the last event of the season, we see a 168 km track at an average speed of 44 kmh. A very fast stage with an high cadence even if this is the last seasonal effort. The total distance has been covered in 3 hours and 47 minutes. In the last part of the stage we can see a number of fast rythm variations, very complex to manage. These continued until the moment when our athlete took the control of the race with a progression of more than 1100 Watt which hits the group and allows the Quick Step Floors racers to win the stage. We can confirm, as already mentioned, that a good job during the finishing workouts allowed Davide to be ready for the second-last man role, the one bringing the sprinter teammates in front of the group. THE DETAILS: in the last 7 km you can measure an average power of more than 295 Watt and an average speed of 53 kmh. The maximum speed is 65 kmh during the launch phase, when he sustained the highest effort. To confirm how good was this exploit we can look at the heart rate, its peak of 188 ppm and 1162 Watt during the key phase of the race. The end of the race has been very hard because of the continuous sprints and rhythm changes until the last moment. One last note confirming the great physical condition of Davide: once its work was done, he recovered very rapidly until the GPS stop, passing from 188 ppm to 140 in more or less a minute.
#LAVUELTA: THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PODIUM IN CONTADOR THOUGHT
“The most important thing is that people have appreciated the fact that, in stages where nothing would normally have happened, I attack and gave a show during this Vuelta. For the fans and for me this was more important than the podium or of the final victory “. Alberto Contador say goodbye to the great cycling and obscures for one day the most spectacular man of this season, Chris Froome who place the double Tour-Vuelta, the same as Bernard Hinault. Contador end his career with a last tour as attacker, a finale that even in a movie we could not imagine. The Spaniard start bad in this Vuelta, loses 2 minutes right away at the first stages due to a physical disagreement. Then he reinvented himself and runs with his free head. Attacks, pushes heavily, and sometimes he risks so much that he falls victim of his own attacks and loses time. In the end, the podium escapes for a few seconds and Ilnur Zakarin takes it in his place, but very few will remember the Russians in this Vuelta. What will remain in memory are the sprints of Alberto, made for the show and people have rejoined him with applause till the end. A particular feeling between Contador and the public and even today on the arrival of Angliru the climber called the crowd at the incitement. It takes just a few details to understand the greatness of Alberto who has now decided to get off the saddle and say goodbye to races. The hope of his team is to see him next season, maybe only at the Giro d’Italia, where he would still be competitive. In the end his detachment from Froome was only 3′:11″. Froome’s doubles, Tour-Vuelta, instead deny those who argue that it is no longer possible to play two great high-speed tour in the same season. Now the Madrid walkway OVERALL CLASSIFICATION: 1. Chris FROOME (Gb, Sky) 79.23’37”; 2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) a 2’15”; 3. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus, Katusha-Alpecin) a 2’51”; 4. Contador (Spa) a 3’11”; 5. Kelderman (Ola) a 3’15”; 6. Poels (Ola) a 6’45”; 7. Woods (Can) a 8’16”; 8. Lopez (Col) a 8’59”; 9. Kruijswijk (Ola) a 11’04”; 10. Van Garderen (Usa) a 15’36”; 11. Chaves (Col) a 16’32”; 12. Meintjes (Saf) a 17’15”; 13. Aru a 21’27”; 14. Roche (Irl) a 21’46”; 15. Pardilla (Col) a 22’45”.
#LAVUELTA: ANGLIRU THE MOUNTAIN THAT DEFEAT PANTANI AND FROOME
Vuelta Espana arrives in Alto de Angliru in Asturias, a Spanish region famous for the city of Oviedo. The stage is short but hard. The Angliru is a fearless mountain, 12 km terrorizing the group and bringing to mind so many emotional memories. This is the preferred climb of “El Chava” Josè Maria Jimenez, one of the greatest Iberian climbers in recent years. A pure talent, psychologically fragile, prematurely disappeared. Here won Alberto Contador and Gilberto Simoni but lost Chris Froome. Even the great British athlete received a great defeat on this ascent, most notably by a meteor like Juan Cobo, an unsettled athlete, but in that year, 2011, he could arrive before the 2 team Sky captains: Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. A double defeat however that allowed the white keniano to become the captain and thus officially take off his career. This is also the missing mountain in Marco Pantani trophy case. The Romagnolo was going to participate in the 1999 Vuelta to test himself on the Mortirolo of Spain. The Pirate, however, was stopped that year by the famous Madonna di Campiglio episode that in fact compromised his career. A climb so hard that make many people to doubt of its feasibility. Yet the Spaniards had decided to insert this ascent in their stage races to put a competitor to the famous Zoncolan and Mortirolo, two new climbs respect to the traditional Stelvio and Gavia, but able to envy the general public. VUELTA2017: We’re at the photo finish. After the victory of De Gendt entering the club of cyclists who can win a stage in the three major laps. Vincenzo Nibali chance to win are coming to an end, it will be difficult, almost impossible to succeed, but surely in the last battle he will give everything to win. THE STAGE: 117 Kilometers from Corvera de Asturias at Alto de l’Angliru. Angliru will not be the only ascent in this stage that will be really hard. Immediately the rise of Reigada, 12 kilometers of light uphill even not cataloged as Gpm. Then follows the Gpm finish, Alto de Cobertoria, 8 kilometers with 8.6% average slope. 1,995 meters downhill, followed by a descent of about 11 kilometers to the peak of the Cordal High, 5.7 kilometers to 8.6%. There is no stop, the descent start from the 96th kilometer, then down to the 105 kilometer where Angliru begins. There are 12 kilometers up to 9.8%. At the first kilometer, a 22% wall goes up slightly up to the fifth kilometer uphill, but in the end it does not drop below 10%. Predicted to 14% in mid-climb, with hardest climb at 23% at 10 km to end, only over the last 500 meters. It’s a tough end, legs will be put to the test, and only those who have more energy in the body will spit it out. The easiest thing is to sit in the chair in front of the TV and enjoy the show. THE STAGE VICTORY OF CHAVA JIMENEZ FINISH LINE 1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto – Soudal 3:35:46 2 Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:00 3 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Esp) Bahrain – Merida 0:00:00 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION 1 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 75:51:51 2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain – Merida 0:01:37 3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:17 4 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:02:29 5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Trek – Segafredo 0:03:34
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