Tour de France News for May 11, 2004
Edited by Jeff Jones
Carmichael: Armstrong on track for six
High performance is the name of the game for Chris Carmichael of Carmichael
Training Systems, whether it's designing a training program for Lance
Armstrong, coaching the Tour Of Hope Team Of Twenty for their cross-country
odyssey this fall or helping any cyclist or runner get the most out of
their experience. While in Georgia recently to work with Armstrong in
his Tour de Georgia win, Carmichael spoke to Cyclingnews European Editor
Tim Maloney about Lance Armstrong's chances in this year's Tour de
France, and his new CTS Performance Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Chris Carmichael signs a book for
a fan at the Cadence grand opening
Photo: © Cyclingnews
Nicknamed "The Kid" at the beginning of his cycling career, Carmichael
still has the friendly, open face and articulate enthusiasm we remember
when we met him two decades ago when he was on the 7-Eleven cycling team.
Cyclingnews: After winning the Tour de Georgia, how does Lance
Armstrong look to you as he prepares for his attempt to win his sixth
straight Tour de France in July?
Chris Carmichael: Lance is looking good in Georgia.
He was strong there and is on the right track to be ready for the Tour
in July. The next two months will be full of hard, specific preparation
for Lance. To win the Tour is never easy.
CN: What will LA be doing in the next month leading up to the
Dauphine Libéré to prepare for the Tour?
CC: Lance will ride the Tour du Languedoc-Rousillon
[formerly the Midi Libre] along with the Dauphine Libéré to prepare for
the Tour. This will be the core of his final preparation but his training
will focus on climbing at specific training intensities and pedal cadences
to increases his repeatable climbing power while reducing the muscle stress
(watts per-pedal stroke) at this specific power output.
CN: Can you talk about Lance's specific preparation for the ITT
on l'Alpe d'Huez?
CC: Lance will be testing new technology in preparation
for this Tour stage. He will also be focusing on the landscape, each turn,
change in grade, and sustainable power for specific time periods, pedal
cadence. The duration of sustainable power is critical for the ITT up
l'Alpe d'Huez, meaning it is not simply a "flat line" of average power
the entire time trial. It will vary given the grade and duration of each
section of the TT.
Click here for
the full interview with Chris Carmichael.
Can Mayo do it again in Naranco?
After a crushing win in last weekend's Clasica Alcobendas, Iban Mayo
(Euskaltel) will start in today's Subida a Naranco as the favourite. Mayo
won the mountain stage, the bunch sprint and was second in the time trial
in Alcobendas, so if he has recovered sufficiently in two days, he will
be tough to beat in the 38th edition of this 162 km race that finishes
atop the Alto del Naranco.
Other favourites include Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros), who is starting
to find the right kind of form in the mountains, as well as Felix Cardenas
and Hernan Buenahora (Cafes Baque). There's also Mayo's teammate Samuel
Sanchez, who would like a win on home ground.
In addition to the final 5.5 km climb, the race also includes the climbs
of Orlé, La Colladona, El Padrún and La Manzaneda.
Le Boulanger confirmed out for the season
The RAGT Semences - MG Rover team hasn't had a great deal to celebrate
in recent times, especially Yoann Le Boulanger's crash in the Tro Bro
Léon. The team has confirmed that Le Boulanger will be out until the end
of the season in order to recover from his fractured knee joint.
The team is now aiming for the Tour de Languedoc-Roussillon and the
Tour de France, and team manager Jean-Luc Jonrond is taking an optimistic
viewpoint. "There's something good about every event and we will win through
in the end and get the better of our series of unfortunate happenings,"
Dean out for at least a month
New Zealand sprinter Julian Dean, who fractured his forearm in two places
after crashing in Stage 2 of the Four Days of Dunkirk, will be out of
action for between four and six weeks, according to his Credit Agricole
On the other hand, Damien Nazon is making good progress after injuring
his ankle in a crash in the Doha International Grand Prix in Qatar early
this season, and will come back to the fray in the Tour de Picardie in
mid-May, followed by the Bayern Rundfahrt and the Tour du Luxembourg.
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