Great TT stage at the Giro today. Levi setting up to be the first American ever to podium in all three grand tours. As I said on Twitter, how was today’s hilly TT different from an uphill TT in the TDF? The Italian fans weren’t spitting on Armstrong! Di Luca can at least temporarily retire his pink kits, but all considered he did well. As the video below shows, even a Giant Giro Jerk Dillweed Dumba*s, also kitted out in pink couldn’t slow Di Luca, but he did piss him off. I wish Di Luca had caught him in the chops.
Monthly Archives: May 2009
I often get asked about what the “best” elbow, forearm, and hand position is. Elbows close together or far apart? Hands high or low? Forearms straight behind hands or angled in? The answer: All of them, and none of them. There is no simple answer. It depends on race goal first – for IM you need to emphasize comfort. For a 30 min TT, aero is all that matters. And it seems that the most aero setup varies from rider to rider. Just look at this photo of 2nd place Garmin from the Giro TTT. Danielson (leading) has narrow elbows, high hands. Look at rider #3 (not sure who it is) WIDE elbows, forearms straight behind hands, low hands. Zabriske (leading in lower pic) has his elbows jammed together and hands neutral.
Check out these pics from the Tour of the Gila (which included a guest appearance from “Team Mellow Johnny’s” aka Astana, Lance , Levi). In this gallery you can see TT positions ranging from the excellent to the “more effort needed”! Remember, this was a 16 mi TT, so no holds should be barred here for aero positioning. Here are a few pics, see if you can decide which category these fall into! The point here is not to ridicule anyone, but to point out once again that some of these folks were clearly leaving a lot of free speed on the table.