[quote]your right wrote:
to go to the climb and just do that one stage, put up good numbers, and think africans are going to rule the sport is dumb. make them ride 800 miles in 7 days at a fast clip and on the 8th day let them climb the Alp. there is a reason the Tour is considered the hardest race in the world, not everyone with an above average lung capacity can wear yellow...[/quote
I agree so many factors come into play comparing this effort to being competitive at the level of the TDF is just stupid.
from personal experience i know one of the biggest mistakes runners turned riders make is pushing too big a gear. Now an uphill TT like these guys did it wouldn't matter as most riders use a lower cadence uphill.
When you come from a running background where you can't freewheel(coast) the little gears feel inefficient spinning 120 rpm. In a race on the flat in a pack youwillspin 120-130 for a few seconds & then coast to stay in the draft, if you keep pedalling you would run up the rider infront of you. Good riders will pedal only 30 percent of the race.
My problem was i felt i was doing too little and was losing fitness, so i matched my cycling exertion to what i experienced as a runner. So i ended up doing alot of intense solo efforts, I gained alot of power but lost my runners body and gained way too much muscle.
Luckily i became a pretty decent bike handler so i have had some success in short races on the track and also criteriums, i wouldbe hammered the second day of the tour.
The is so much more to racing than raw potential, the Colombians were always great climbers but notorious for being lousy bike handlers. When you have a bad rep guys will fight you off a wheel and do anything to keep from following you. So you get pushed around more than the other riders and end up crashing. To be able to ride successfully in the Tour takes years of bike handling experience and if people don't like you or think you might be a danger to them you will end up in the gutter.
There is a reason for this, though, an inexperienced rider has your life in his hands. If a guy crashes on a descent and takes you with him into a stone wall you could die(Fabio Casartelli)