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Chris Froome: ‘I’d rather gain time on Contador in the mountains, not through injury’

As Alberto Contador lost 33 more seconds, Chris Froome said he doesn’t take joy from beating injured rivals

Chris Froome: ‘I’d Rather Gain Time On Contador In The Mountains, Not Through Injury’

Chris Froome on stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de France (Watson)

Team Sky1 flexed their muscles through the Massif Central on stage five of the Tour de France2 to reach the Le Lioran ski station as Alberto Contador3 (Tinkoff) and Vincenzo Nibali4 (Astana) lost time.

Greg Van Avermaet5 (BMC Racing) won from an escape6 and took the race lead. Sky, meanwhile, worked at the front of the peloton to keep Chris Froome7 safe, with the Brit arriving with a small group 33 seconds ahead of Contador and 8-38 minutes ahead of Nibali. In the general classification, Froome sits in a favourites group at 5-17, a lead of 1-21 over two-time winner Contador.

It was a good day for us, Froome said after cooling down at the team bus. We stayed up front and we stayed out of trouble. We took it on from the start.

It was more about keeping the GC intact and staying out of trouble. I wasn t really hoping to get time on my main rivals, given it was a tricky finish, it wasn t a massive GC day. I was hoping not to lose time to my main rivals.

I am pretty happy it how it turned out.

I was happy to have support right to the end, and it showed the strength of the team. Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said on Tuesday8 that his team would not ride to put Contador in trouble as he is suffering from his injuries. On stage five they set a pace with Luke Rowe9 and Ian Stannard through the mid-mountain stage, which comes early in the 2016 Tour.


Watch highlights of stage five of the Tour de France


Movistar10 took up the work on the Puy Mary, forcing yellow jersey Peter Sagan11 (Tinkoff) out the back and, shortly after, the 2014 Tour and this year s Giro d Italia winner, Nibali (Astana), followed.

I was surprised by Vincenzo, yes. I would ve expected him to come here with his A Game, Froome added.

To be honest, with Alberto that s quite normal with a couple of the big crashes he had. No one wants to see that, us included. I d rather gain time on him in the mountains, not because he s hurt and injured.

Tinkoff12 said that they would have sent its men to the front for Contador had Sky not been there.

I don t know why Sky rode for so long, to be honest, Tinkoff sports director Sean Yates said.

They were riding from kilometre 50. Maybe they had intentions of going for the stage, but when the break split, they really put the hammer down.

Then other teams took it up, Movistar and Romain Bardet attacked. But, if they Sky wanted to distance Alberto they would ve attacked full gas on the penultimate climb.

It was to take control and to just stop any big attacks really, Geraint Thomas13 explained of Sky s drive.

Movistar did all the damage and for us, it was about controlling the pace. The last thing you want is for nobody to ride and to have attacks all over the place. Frostie Mikel Nieve just set a decent tempo and no one went until the end. The early climbing stage shifted the Tour in favour of Froome and a handful of favourites, including Nairo Quintana14 (Movistar), Fabio Aru (Astana), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tejay van Garderen15 (BMC Racing) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale). After one sprint stage on Thursday, the contenders will further be tested in the Pyr n es on Friday.

It s just a handful of seconds here and there, you can t write Contador off yet. Just look at all the stage races he s won, Thomas added.

It s a bonus what happened today, but we certainly aren t taking anything for granted.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Greg Van Avermaet (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ won from an escape (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Dave Brailsford said on Tuesday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Luke Rowe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Tinkoff (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Geraint Thomas (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ Tejay van Garderen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

How they used to train: Jacques Anquetil’s time trial training

Jacques Anquetil s records speak for themselves, but it was his talent for racing against the clock that really set him on the road to creating history

How They Used To Train: Jacques Anquetil’s Time Trial Training

Jacques Anquetil one of the great time trialists. Illustration: Simon Scarsbrook

Jacques Anquetil was one of the greatest time triallists of all time. He was the first man to win the Tour de France1 five times, the first Frenchman to win the Giro d Italia2, and the second rider ever to do the Giro and Tour double. All Anquetil s victories were built on his ability against the clock, and he won the Grand Prix des Nations essentially the unofficial world time trial championships3 when there wasn t an official world title race an incredible nine times. Anquetil achieved his record through his unique physiology, which his long-time team manager, Raphael Geminiani described as being made up of: A jet engine, a distillation plant and a computer.

But he also did very specific time trial4 training. Before every time trial, Anquetil followed a training plan devised by his first and only coach, Andr Boucher, much of the training being done behind Boucher s Derny pacing bike. Old-fashioned Dernys were strange things; they had petrol engines, but the pacers also pedalled a huge fixed gear. This was so their legs could apply extra power when it was needed, more gently than could be achieved by opening the throttle.


How They Used To Train: Jacques Anquetil’s Time Trial Training

He might have been the greatest male road racer ever, but Eddy Merckx also built one of the best teams

How They Used To Train: Jacques Anquetil’s Time Trial Training

If you were watching Li ge-Bastogne-Li ge recently you might have seen his memorial. It s in Les Forges on the Sprimont hill,


Essentially, Anquetil s paced sessions were designed to test him, stretch his output over long intervals of time trial-type effort. It s said that no matter how fast Boucher went, not only did he never drop Anquetil, Anquetil never once asked him to slow down. The big difference between Anquetil s paced sessions and what other pros did then, and still do now, was that they were split by 5km sections where Anquetil rode ahead of his pacer with Boucher following some 10m behind.

>>> Saddle height: how to get it right, and why it s so important (video)5

This was so Boucher could check Anquetil s riding position, check he was as low as he could be, that his hips were rock solid on the saddle, and that his shoulders stayed still, and that his elbows were tucked in by his side.


How to pace a long time trial


Anquetil knew that good aerodynamics was a key factor in time trials, and he had the most aerodynamic riding position of his generation. Anquetil also practised another time trial marginal gain. The first time he raced in the GP des Nations he reconnoitered the course a few weeks earlier, with some self-addressed postcards in his pocket. Then, every time he saw a postbox on the route he stopped, wrote down the details of the section he d just covered, and posted the cards to himself. In this way he gained a kilometre by kilometre knowledge of the race route.

Anquetil s time trial record stands as a testimony to the effectiveness of his training.

References

  1. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ world time trial championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ time trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Saddle height: how to get it right, and why it s so important (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

IHG opens its fifth InterContinental® hotel in France

IHG Opens Its Fifth InterContinental® Hotel In France

14 December, 2015

IHG opens its fifth InterContinental hotel in France

IHG Opens Its Fifth InterContinental® Hotel In FranceInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world s leading hotel companies, is proud to unveil its latest opening InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel1, France. The hotel has been elegantly converted from the current Grand H tel de Bordeaux & Spa and is IHG s fifth InterContinental Hotels & Resorts2 property in France.

InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand joins InterContinental Paris – Le Grand3, InterContinental Paris – Avenue Marceau4, InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu5, and InterContinental Carlton Cannes6 alongside over 50 IHG hotels already open in France. InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu signed earlier this is year is due to open in 2018. The historic building was stylishly refurbished by French Architect and Designer, Jacques Garcia, with rich colourful design typical of his opulent style, while preserving the property s 18th century splendour. The hotel commands pride of place on Bordeaux s main square, Place de la Com die, among high-end boutiques and world-class restaurants. Bordeaux was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, has since been voted Best European Destination 2015.7

The hotel features 130 rooms including 44 suites, and also offers a range of fitness and wellness facilities including an indoor pool and hammam, 10 treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi on the 360 rooftop beach, which beautifully recreates the atmosphere of a summer s day in the Bay of Arcachon.

The Gordon Ramsay Group headed by the internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay, brings international flair to the fine dining restaurant, Le Pressoir d Argent Gordon Ramsay. Executive Chef Gilad Peled prepares uniquely seasonal dishes from the terroir of Bordeaux, all expertly matched with exceptional, prominent wines from the region.

Angela Brav, Chief Executive, Europe, IHG says: We re very proud to be opening this iconic hotel in the centre of a legendary winegrowing region and one of Europe s most elegant cities. With France being one of our most important markets and Bordeaux receiving over five million visitors per year, this move is very much in line with our strategy to expand our award-winning InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand in the most popular tourist destinations. InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand is the pinnacle of luxury and offers guests authentic enriching experiences, making it the perfect choice for local and international travellers.

Michel Ohayon, the owner of InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, said: With the strength of the InterContinental brand behind us and our partnership with Chef Ramsay at Pressoir d Argent Gordon Ramsay, our hotel offers local and international guests a compelling experience with exceptional comfort and fine dining whether travelling for business or pleasure. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Financi re Immobili re Bordelaise. With 182 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts open worldwide and more than 50 hotels in the global development pipeline, IHG continues to expand the brand s portfolio in the most sought-after destinations around the world*.

Today, InterContinental is an award-winning brand, picking up accolades such as the coveted title of “World’s Leading Hotel Brand” at the World Travel Awards last year8 an award it has held for six consecutive years; and the title of “Best Hotel Brand Worldwide” in this year’s Business Traveller Middle East Awards. For further information or bookings, please visit: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/reservation9

*Figures as at 30th September 2015

ENDS

Notes to Editors:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)10 LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts11, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants12, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts13, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts14, Hotel Indigo 15, EVEN Hotels16, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts17, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express 18, Staybridge Suites 19 and Candlewood Suites 20. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 727,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club21, the world s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 90 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC22 is the Group s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG s hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit www.ihg.com23 for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com24 for more on IHG Rewards Club.

For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media25 and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg26, www.facebook.com/ihg27 and www.youtube.com/ihgplc28.

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References

  1. ^ InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel (www.ihg.com)
  2. ^ IHG s fifth InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  3. ^ InterContinental Paris – Le Grand (www.ihg.com)
  4. ^ InterContinental Paris – Avenue Marceau (www.ihg.com)
  5. ^ InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu (www.ihg.com)
  6. ^ InterContinental Carlton Cannes (www.ihg.com)
  7. ^ Best European Destination 2015. (www.europeanbestdestinations.com)
  8. ^ title of “World’s Leading Hotel Brand” at the World Travel Awards last year (www.ihgplc.com)
  9. ^ http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/reservation (www.ihg.com)
  10. ^ IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (www.ihgplc.com)
  11. ^ InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (www.intercontinental.com)
  12. ^ Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (www.kimptonhotels.com)
  13. ^ HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts (cn.ihg.com)
  14. ^ Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  15. ^ Hotel Indigo (www.ihg.com)
  16. ^ EVEN Hotels (www.ihg.com)
  17. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  18. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express (www.ihg.com)
  19. ^ Staybridge Suites (www.ihg.com)
  20. ^ Candlewood Suites (www.ihg.com)
  21. ^ IHG Rewards Club (www.ihg.com)
  22. ^ InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (www.ihgplc.com)
  23. ^ www.ihg.com (www.ihg.com)
  24. ^ www.ihgrewardsclub.com (www.ihg.com)
  25. ^ www.ihg.com/media (www.ihg.com)
  26. ^ www.twitter.com/ihg (www.twitter.com)
  27. ^ www.facebook.com/ihg (www.facebook.com)
  28. ^ www.youtube.com/ihgplc (www.youtube.com)
  29. ^ Back to news (www.ihgplc.com)