- Can Andy Schleck improve his time trialling?
Not tomorrow, but over the next few years.
The consensus opinion is that the Tour is over, barring a major mishap for Bert on tomorrow's time trial. AS is 24 – what are his chances of really improving his testing over the next few years? Is it one of those things that just is what it is according to your physique etc, or can any rider make major improvements if they're young enough?
Just wondering if we're in for the Bert Contador show for the next five years, or whether AS can take over with an improved time trial.Posted 7 years agoMSPSubscriber
Schleck isn't a bad time trialer (won the belgium TT championship this year i think), just not considered in the same class as contador or evans at the moment, but neither was contador until he had the yellow jersey on his back. iirc at the 2007 tour the other contenders were expected to take chunks out of him on the final time trial, but with something to fight for he gave the time trial of his life, and has continued to be pretty handy at it ever since.Posted 7 years ago
He's recently been coached by Cancellara but, coaching aside, he's just too tall and gangly to be a time trial winner against a shorter, stockier, more powerful opponent. I'd love to see him win a tour but, going into a time trial 8 seconds down on Contador, it isn't looking good for him.Posted 7 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
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It's lack of power rather than being to tall Schleck flies up hills as he's a lightweight. Cancellara is over 2 stone heavier and monsters timetrials but goes up long climbs like a lorry!!
Quite a quick lorry mind, he's done some epic turns on the front up mountains for Saxo bank keeping the pace very high. Admittedly he can't keep it going for the whole of a climb but even when he's just cruising up a hill I doubt 99% of us could keep up with him.Posted 7 years ago
Schleck's start time is 15:59 CET, so 14:59 here. Contandor starts three minutes later. The course tracks south east and it's currently sunny with no breeze but an easterly is expected later.
Cancellara is currently fastest, doing the 52km course in 1h 0m 56s (51.2kmh or 32mph). He didn't pre-ride it either!
It's on Eurosport or ITV4Posted 7 years agoSwiftacularMember
As an aside, didn't Contador win a stage of something earlier this year up Alp d'Huez? Beat Janni Brajkovic, so wouldnt doubt his climbing ability too much, just he's a power rider rather than one like AS who floats on the pedals.Posted 7 years ago
Neither could hold a candle to Lance in his prime in the mountains though.
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