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Curtain Raiser: Stage 13 (break or bunchie?) (0)


July 17, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Curtain Raiser. The big question of the day: will it be a sprint or a break?

The Tour has now fallen deep into the second half of the race and the real show to sort out who will finish where in the general classification starts today as we hit the high mountains of the Pyrenees. Thus yesterday was the end of the “pre-race” part of the Tour for some. Considering how tough it’s been, that’s a facetious line to say the least.

Bad Morning Good Day: Stage 12 (3km wall finale) (0)


July 17, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Bad Morning Good Day. Sadly, Tyler abandoned yesterday as his body finally said “enough”. We were all disappointed for him. It was very saddening to see his face, which showed the acute disappointment he felt.

The race itself did go on, however, and typically, Garmin-Transitions were flying the flag despite the setbacks. Ryder repeatedly attacked the peloton and chased every other cyclists’s attack until he finally found himself in the break of the day.

New to VV: Tobe’s Blog (0)


July 17, 2010 • by Martin Williamson • in Editorial

We’re very pleased to announce that Garmin Transitions physiotherapist Toby Watson will be contributing articles to his new VeloVeritas blog.

Right now Toby is with the team on the Tour de France, and you can read about what it’s like to be working with a top team on the biggest race in the world, and the sense of drama and fun that are essential parts of the experience, on Toby’s regular updates.

Le Tour de France 2010, Stage 12: Bourg-de-Peage-Mende; Bert’s Back! (0)


July 16, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Diaries, Race Reviews

Bert’s back!

And we were there to see it, a privilege.

L’Equipe today says ‘Fin de la Trêve’ – that’s ‘end of the truce, (or respite)’. That’s how it looked to us, Contador letting Schleck know that he’s just fine.

Bert had his ‘pedalling back from the paper shop’ look on his face – but many riders didn’t.

Hump Day & Humdrum: Stage 11 (bunchie) (0)


July 16, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Hump Day & Humdrum. As the physio on team Garmin-Transitions, all I can say is this is a dangerous sport.

All things considered, 3rd place for Tyler yesterday was a fantastic effort by the whole team, with Dave Zabriskie helping to control the break for most of the day, Johan Van Summeren bringing our boys to the front of the peloton with 4km to go, Martijn taking a big turn to maintain our position at the front, Julian doing the perfect job to put Ty where he needed to be to contest the sprint and then Tyler eking the absolute maximum possible out of his body to gain third place. It was a brilliant team performance.

Le Tour de France, Stage 11: Sisteron – Bourg-les-Valence; Reinstate Renshaw? (0)


July 15, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Race Reviews

Big Macs may pig you out towards an early grave, but damn, the wi-fi is good in there!

Thursday was hectic, finished off with a train journey via Carstairs – I was a bit worried they might grab me – to Penrith, where I was meeting Dave to head to Stansted and La Belle France.

Dave’s working at Sellafield just now so I gave him a quick once over with the Geiger counter as he scoffed his chicken sandwich – all clear.

We fired up the Toshiba to see what all the fuss was about and much as I admire Mark Renshaw, he did rather ‘radge oot’ in that finale.

A Hard “Easy” Day: Stage 10 (breakaway) (0)


July 15, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

A Hard “Easy” Day. Yesterday was always going to be the day that the breakaway succeeded. The profile of the course and the stages on the days either side of it meant that neither the GC nor the sprinter teams would be interested. It wasn’t hard enough to separate the GC lads, but wasn’t easy enough for the sprinters to make it to the finish with the main bunch.

That meant that the first race of the day was to get into the break, and so the first hour of racing was extremely fast as small groups tried to get away and were hauled back by teams who didn’t have someone in the break and so on and so forth.

Another Day, Another Epic: Stage 9 (mountains) (0)


July 14, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Another Day, Another Epic. Yesterday’s stage was a 204km monster through hot weather over a series of significant climbs, totalling about 4.5km (vertical) of climbing all up. The climbs were spread at the start and end of the race, with a relatively flat section through the middle of the day. Enormous by any standards.

The pre-start ritual of sunscreen, strapping tape, DZ Nuts application, etc was added to by a Dave Zabriskie play list from great movies of the 1980s, particularly Top Gun, Karate Kid and Beverly Hills Cop. To hear “You’re the best around” for the first time in decades was golden!

Le Tour de France 2010, Stage 10: Chambery – Gap; Lance Don’t Employ No Cissies (0)


July 14, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Race Reviews

It couldn’t go on like that.

Men can only ‘death race’ for so long and then they need a ‘blaw.’

Today, they took the chance to lean on their shovels and left the minnows to grab the glory.

I really didn’t expect to see the finalé but when the box kindled up, there it was – with 12 K to go and a race average of 34 kph.

Allergic to Stairs: Rest Day 1 (0)


July 13, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

I can remember watching the Tour in the years before being a part of the race.

I was always completely gutted that just when things got interesting and they’d had a few mountain stages, there would be a rest day.

Allergic to Stairs. Now, the rest day is like a shining light off in the distance that you can see, and know everything will be better for it.

Le Tour de France, Stage 9: Morzine-Avoriaz – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne; Time to Stop Dreaming (0)


July 13, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Race Reviews

Before we talk about today’s stage, let’s spare a moment to remember the man who died on this day, July 13th 1967 on Mount Ventoux, Provence-world champion, winner of Paris – Nice, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of Lombardy.

Tom Simpson is sadly missed but a legend, never to be forgotten.

He died pursuing an impossible dream; his frail physique wasn’t designed to withstand the rigours of a Grand Tour-dreams drove him to be champion of the world but they couldn’t drive him to a Tour win.

Le Tour de France, First Rest Day Rant (2)


July 12, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Race Reviews

Vik phoned; “Have you seen the Sky website? Bradley was limiting his losses, ho, ho, ho!”

Old Vik isn’t Sky’s biggest fan…

Me? I respect all pros, especially ones with the pedigree of a Cummings, Thomas or Wiggins; but if it wasn’t for Geraint then there would be little to write home about regarding Sky’s Tour thus far…

Double Challenge: Stage 8 (mountaintop) (0)


July 12, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Double Challenge. Mountain stages in bike races are inevitably decisive in sorting where riders finish in the race overall. They pose a number of challenges to a team atop the obvious physical barrier of the terrain itself.

The main non-terrain issue on these stages is the weather. When going uphill, the speed drops, and so there is less cooling thanks to the wind, whilst the reverse happens on the descent, which is compounded by the boys having sweated more than normal on the way up. So on hot days, there are issues of overheating on the ascents, and when it’s cold, we worry about them getting too cold on the descents.

Le Tour de France, Stage 8: Station des Rousses – Morzine-Avoriaz; Schleck Takes First Blood (1)


July 11, 2010 • by Ed Hood • in Race Reviews

Whatever Astana pay Paolo Tiralongo (Italia) and Daniel Navarro (Espana), it’s not enough.

Tiralongo has been around a long time, third in the Baby Giro in 1998 he turned pro in 2000 and arrived at Astana this year after three years with Fassa, three with Panaria and four with Lampre.

The talk has been all about whether Bert’s team is up the job; that was answered today as Vino turned descender and domestique deluxe with Tiralongo and then Navarro riding like demons on the climbs.

Weight of a Nation: Stage 7 (hilltop) (0)


July 11, 2010 • by Toby Watson • in Ex-Garmin Physio Toby Watson's Blog

Weight of a Nation. Today was the first mountain stage of the race, and the second chance for the big hitters to test each others’ legs and see who was looking dangerous and who not. I just love the mountaintop stages in these races!

Sitting in the bus heading up the hill, you get such a good look at what the boys are going to need to deal with, see all of the people in various states of excitement, and just build yourself up into a crescendo of anticipation for what is about to come.

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