Chris Froome gave an interview on the YouTube channel of the sporting goods store Wiggle to analyze the influence of the data in the world of cycling, specifically among the youngest cyclists in the peloton, and also to discuss some of their possible goals for the future.
The winner of four Tours de France, two Laps and a Giro was asked what is one of his great goals for the future and Froome surprised with his answer. “I would love to win a one-day classic and one of the ones I have in mind is the San Sebastián Classic. It is a classic with walls that takes place a week after the Tour de France. I have never excelled in one-day races, But before my race is over, I would like to be able to write my name in a one-day race and the Klasikoa is a race where that can happen. “
Froome was also asked about the importance of using potentiometers in cycling today and thinks that can help younger riders. “Pots have been around for a while now and they measure how much force you are putting on the pedals at any given moment during a bike ride or a race. In many top-level careers, professionals have shared this data and made it public. I think there is a lot more data now available for coaches to guide younger riders. Before it was all very unpredictable, you got on the bike and did not know what you were doing or the intervals that you did, and you could only guess “
In fact, Froome believes that the appearance of the potentiometers has been key for riders like Tadej Pogacar or Egan Bernal to have won the Tour de France so young. “The young cyclists who are coming to the peloton have tools like the potentiometer that did not exist when I started. And I think that has allowed this generation of young cyclists to continue to climb and make the leap as professionals at 19, 20 or 21 years old and that they are already at the top. We have seen guys like Pogacar and Bernal who have already won the Tour at 21 and 22 years old. If you told me five years ago that a 21-year-old was going to win the Tour, I would have told you that it is impossible. It would be impossible without that racing experience. “
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