The second stage win for an Australian registered team at the Tour de France was the record breaking TTT in Nice in 2013. It won’t be a repeat in 2018 but we spoke to manager, Shayne Bannan about the approach to the race in Cholet.
“It’s about going through the process,” said Shayne Bannan in response to the question about the TTT of stage three in Cholet: do you think you can win. When this interview was done, it was a few hours before the start of the time trial but we already know the answer for this stage of the 2018 Tour: no.
Still, there was every reason for Bannan to be optimistic. “I believe that we certainly have the opportunity to run top-three,” said the manager of the Mitchelton-Scott team. “There are a couple of sore boys in there as well, given the falls of yesterday – which is not ideal leading into it – but they’re certainly motivated to do the best they can.”
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Preparing for the TTT
“Basically the routine of the day is: some prefer doing a pre-start, befor breakfast, which entails around 20 minutes of rolling the legs over, particularly if you’ve had a couple of days [racing]… this is the third stage, so just to loosen up the legs a bit.
“They have breakfast, they may need physio, they may need stretching.
“They come out early out early to the course. They do a recon of the course, generally, part of that would be at race speed. Then they would come [to the start] have a shower, relax a little bit more.
“It depends on the individual, some like to start their warm-up around 45 minutes before the event, others 50 minutes, others 35 minutes. But the objective is to really evaluate the heart rate, get it up again going and get yourself ready for the event – and the warm-up would probably finish, ideally, around 10 minutes before the start.”
Strategy for Adam Yates
“I think the nature of this course is really fast. It’s not really suited to a lighter person. You will see Adam doing turn on particular stages of the course – let’s call it the ‘slower’ stages, the more difficult inclines – but generally it’s a power course. So we’re really relying on the big machines: ‘Heppy’, ‘Durbo’, Hayman, Impey and Bauer in particular to really do the majority of the work.”