How Did Chris Froome Win The Tour de France Again? | The GCN Show Ep. 237
￼- From Col de Maison in South of France, welcome to the GCN Show. – On RAGBRAI, the bike
ride across Iowa, day two, welcome to the GCN Show. – From the USA Cycling
West Coast Talent ID camp, welcome to the GCN Show. (crowd cheering) (dramatic orchestral music) – Welcome to the GCN Show. – This week, we look back
at a cracking Tour de France and ask the question, how did Chris Froome really win it, again? Was he weaker this year, Matt? Just how did he do it? – Plus, we take a look at La Course. We have some Tour tech for you, and an update from Mark
Beaumont’s around the world record attempt, and we
announce the lucky winner of that rather lovely Orbea bicycle. It’s not gonna be you,
sorry about that mate. (jazz rock music) – Chris Froome has won
his fourth Tour de France, his third in a row. – Yup, but only his first victory of 2017, and apparently, according to Matt’s stats, the last rider to do that
was Greg LeMond back in 1990. It’s not a terrible thing to have done, only to have won the Tour de
France by the end of July, but still, not many people do that. – [Matt] We’d take it, wouldn’t we. We’d take it. – Just how did he do it, what
made the difference then? – Well I think one of the main
differences was the course. It was one of the least
challenging courses for years that ASO designed, with
only three summit finishes as oppose to five or
six in previous years. And what you see is, when a stage finishes on the bottom of a descent
rather than the top of a climb, it’s more difficult for an
individual rider to stay clear, hence bigger groups of riders
going to finish together. – That is definitely true and I’m sure that does explain partly as to why the time gaps were smaller, but I actually don’t
think that Chris Froome was riding his bike uphills quite as fast as he normally does. Now if you look at the times up climbs, it shows that this year’s Tour was fast, but it wasn’t super fast. – Now, the first time
we’ve seen Chris Froome produce numbers that
we’re kinda used to seeing over the past, well the only time was on the Col de Peyra
Taillade where Chris Froome was forced to chase after a mechanical as AG2R really put the
hammer down on the front. Now estimates suggests that at that time, Froome was producing 6.2
watts per kilogramme, albeit at a lower altitude,
but for 22 minutes, which wherever you look at
it, it’s still pretty punchy. – It’s pretty punchy, but it’s certainly not exceptional, is it? And if that was the only time he did it in this year’s Tour de France, that suggests that it’s
at a slightly lower level than even previous years,
not even accounting for previous EPO era. Warren Barguil, for example, in some of his escapades this year, did 6.2 watts per kilo apparently. Ah, Warren Barguil– – Just wax lyrical a bit. – There’s something very special about seeing the wearer
of the polka dot jersey attacking in the mountains
and taking a summit finish. – [Matt] It’s proper
stuff of legend, isn’t it? – It was absolutely brilliant. Anyway, tangent over, let’s get back to our point. Was it then that Chris
Froome’s Sky teammates were towing him around France? I don’t think so. I think they did as much
work as they always did, but I don’t think they did
anything more than normal. – But of all of Chris Froome’s teammates, it has to be Michal Kwiatkowski, who was basically the
standout star of the team, in particularly in the high mountains, really opened a few eyes. Although, he pointed to
stage 22 of this year’s Tour de France as the
most brutally difficult. – Hi did, yeah. And to be fair, I think we
can all tell from Matt’s voice actually that stage 22
of the Tour de France was quite tough this year. Matt, obviously, have
been freshly flown in from the Champs-Elysees. Is that John Degenkolb, Matt? – Yeah.
– Nice. He’s enjoying the twisty
stage 22, wasn’t he? – Definitely.
– Right, anyway, I wondered then, whether it all comes down to the time trials. Only 36 Ks this year,
so that also explains why it was so tight, but I wanted to know whether or not equipment
was actually gonna be the deciding factor of
this year’s Tour de France. – Go on. – So I reached out to Xavier
Disley, the aero coach now, a fountain of knowledge for all things time trialling and aerodynamics. And he, as ever, gave me some absolutely fascinating insights, so
you’re ready for this? The final time trial into Marseille, he reckoned if you were riding a bike that was a kilo lighter,
or you saved a kilo of bodyweight, you would
go five seconds faster. If you save 0.001 metre squared of your drag coefficient, that would make you go 2.2 seconds faster, and 0.001 is not very much at all, it’s like an air in brake cable. And then finally, if you
put out five watts more, that would make you go
about eight seconds faster. So that puts into context that you don’t need to do very much to make some pretty sizeable differences. – Blimey, so based on those
figures, by my own calculations, the difference between Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet, was about 300 grammes, or the air in brake cable,
what you just described. – Exactly, yeah that’s it. And then to put it in
even more crazy context, Romain Bardet didn’t ride with
a visor on his aero helmet, apparently that cost him
six and a half seconds. – That’s incredible.
– So he nearly lost the Tour de France because
of his lack of visor. – Okay, well what about Froome versus Uran ’cause surely doing an endo in the last 350 metres of the TT course isn’t the most aerodynamic
thing to do, really is it? – No, not out on our aero. Good save, by Uran, to ride out the endo. Probably cost him what, I
reckon about 10 seconds. So not massive at that point of the race. Apparently, although aero data is somewhat difficult to track down sometimes. Apparently the bikes of Froome and Uran are actually quite similar. Both are really fast bikes. – But what I think you also
have to take into account for Rigoberto Uran, he had
that problem, didn’t he, on the opening stage TT where the UCI basically ruled his position wasn’t correct, so he had
to change his position and without a shadow of a doubt, that was five minutes before the start, without a shadow of a doubt, that would have affected his performance. Lost 50 seconds, didn’t he? And Bardet actually beat him
in that individual TT as well. – Yeah he did, yeah. The other thing I suppose, the differences between the first TT and the second TT is that Chris Froome’s
controversial, entirely legal, How do you have an
entirely legal controversy? Entirely legal controversial skin suit from that first stage. He obviously wasn’t wearing
that in the last time trial because he was in the yellow skin suit, albeit a well tailored skinsuit. You say he was being tailored into it. – Apparently there were up to 20 people fitting him into that skinsuit. – That’s a lot of people. So you’ve gotta think
then that the two guys, equipment wise, were pretty
evenly matched in that final TT, and therefore, Froome just went a little
bit faster when it mattered. – That is good to know ’cause as much as we both love a bit of tech, it is actually quite comforting
to know that ultimately, it is down to who’s
got the strongest legs. Now it was quite
interesting, Romain Bardet, after the final time trial,
said that he specifically didn’t focus on the time
trial, incredibly, really, because it’s not the way he likes to ride, and he doesn’t like going
out training on his TT bike because he finds it boring. – He’s got a few years to
make amends, hasn’t he? But that…
(speaks in French) Anyway, it does go to show that Froome, while he may not be head and
shoulders above the rest, was probably the strongest guy in the race and a worthy winner.
– Definitely. – You’ve gotta say. – Competition winners time now. A little drum roll. – The winner of an Orbea bike, an Orbea bike!
– Yes. Incredible.
– Are you ready? If your name is Hrvoje Lasovic
and you live in Croatia, start celebrating now ’cause you’ve got an Orbea coming your way. – Congratulations in block capitals, underline, bold, slantly fonts. Now the winner of the GoPro Hero5 Session, drum roll please.
– Oh yes. – Hope you’re watching? Jernej Bog. Congratulations.
– Congratulations, two excellent winners there, and of course, we’ve got
more coming up for you soon. The Canyon bike.
– Oh yeah. – The Canyon of your choice. – Make sure you enter that one. And apologies about the
pronunciations there. Sorry about that.
– Yeah, two names both, they probably don’t
even know they won yet. – We just did a default
setting in English, so it’s not to kinda
offend anybody, but yeah. – I tried pretty hard on that one. – Yeah it wasn’t too bad. – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Farewell, Tommy Voeckler, one of the most likeable
riders in the pro peloton. We’ll be sadly missed with his inimitable style, tongue lolling, bike swinging from side
to side, but finally, the curtain has come down on
a quite remarkable career. Fittingly it was at the Tour de France, which was his last ever pro race. Think about it, he’s
ridden the Tour 15 times. During that time, he’s
had two pretty long stints in the yellow jersey,
finished fourth overall in one occasion, won three stages, as well as the polka dot jersey. He will be missed. And from us here at GCN, adieu and bonne chance, Tommy Voeckler. – [Simon] Absolutely. – A little bit more Tour de
France, though this time, transfer rumours.
– Oh, rumours. – Mikel Nieve of Team Sky,
after spending four years at the British squad, is moving
across to the Aussie team, Orica-Scott.
– Really? Good rumour.
– Meanwhile, a Movistar rider is
coming across to Team Sky, and that is TT specialist,
Jonathan Castroviejo. – [Simon] Really? What about Landa going the other way? – Well I think it’s
gonna happen, isn’t it? It’s not official yet, but I think Landa is gonna be going to to
the men in green and blue. – A few weeks back, Matt and Dan looked at weird places to ride a bike, or more likely perhaps weird places to pedal
like you’re riding a bike, and GCN viewer, Nial
Pattison, got in touch to tell us about the British human powered flight association competition that is going on at the moment. Have a look at this video. How cool is that? – [Matt] Yeah, this is Nial himself in the aerocycle performing
a full 360 degree turn, cranking out 355 watts in order to do it. – That is wicked, isn’t it? I wonder what would happen
if you gave Peter Sagan an aerocycle? (dramatic orchestral music) – Probably tear it to pieces with his raw power.
– Yeah he would. No one give Peter Sagan an aero cycle. The Tour de France may sadly be over now, but the around the world cycling
ventures of Mark Beaumont is certainly aren’t,
in fact, he’s probably just getting warmed up right now. As Brian Stewart pointed out
on Twitter with this graph, Mark has already ridden
double the distance of the Tour de France
in the same time span, and he’s nowhere near France anymore, in fact he’s on the doorstep
of Mongolia as we speak. – We’re so close to the
Mongolian border, eh? I’ve been quite looking forward
to getting out of Russia. It’s had its good bits but it’s been way, way tougher than expected. Back on a 240 mile day
to day which is a relief. It’s been a battle of times,
I didn’t think I would quite make a mileage but the last 20 K, just beautiful descent, just
down, down, down, just cruisy. It’s unbelievable how the
landscape has changed. Climbing up from the lakeside, it still looked utterly Russian,
if that makes any sense. And then suddenly we turn the corner, and I’ve done this weird, sort of dog leg to sort of cut safe to Mongolia, and it’s suddenly open,
barren, almost no trees. There’s horsemen in the fields. It just looks entirely different, which is incredible. Absolutely amazing. Quite excited about what lies ahead now. (phone ringing)
– Sorry. – Matt! – Sorry.
– Silence, please. – It’s Lloydy. Hi Dan. I thought you’re on holiday, mate. Some news for us?
– Breaking news? – You like to have your
finger in the pole, yeah we know, can you just, we’re shooting the show. Peter Sagan? New haircut? Now we’ve already seen
most of the cool new tech at the Tour de France,
but several lucky riders, just for the final day
of the Tour de France, got some pretty special custom paint jobs. Have a look at these.
– They did it right. So first we’ve got Chris
Froome’s Pinarello F10 yellow edition. I like that, not gonna lie. Not a fan of yellow bikes
normally, but I’d take that. – [Matt] Oh that’s interesting, hasn’t got yellow bar tape! – [Simon] Yeah, but you
wouldn’t put yellow bar tape. That is lovely, it’s a
classy bike, that is. – This is Michael Bling Matthews, well that’s his Giant
TCR in green, of course, a nod to his points jersey competition. I mean, you wouldn’t
ordinarily buy a green bike, well I wouldn’t.
– I wouldn’t. But if I had the green
jersey that I’d won, I’d be tempted. In fact I’d probably demand a green bike. And he’s got the green bar tape as well. I like that. – [Matt] Definitely a hop. – Ooh. Simon Yates. – Lovely photograph, isn’t it? – [Simon] let’s face it, you
can’t go wrong with white. – You can’t, but it’s not too much white. Touches of black. Little cracks there. – That’s classy, yeah.
– It just looks like a nice bike.
– Yeah. – I like that. – That’s classy, nice work.
– Thumbs up. – Well done. – And then we have another
Giant TCR, unsurprisingly. Sunweb, one of the most
successful teams in the Tour. No points for guessing whose bike that is, Warren Barguil, but… – [Simon] There’s not much you can do with polka dots, isn’t there? – Would you buy that? You’d ride it, but– – I tell you what, what
you can say about Barguil– – It looks like it’s got measles. Yeah, one thing you can say about Barguil is that he didn’t wear polka dot shorts. He wore black shorts with
the polka dot jersey. That means, in my eyes, he’s got a long and pretty prosperous
career ahead of him actually ’cause he’s clearly got, he’s got it sorted out there, doesn’t he? – Although, have a look at this. He loses a couple of points. There was some polka dot
handle bar tape there as well, if you had a close look. – Maybe that’s the
mechanics’ part of joke. – And finally, I think this is my favourite. Haimar Zubeldia, the veteran
rider for Trek-Segafredo. He’s been riding in the
sports now for 20 years, and Trek rolled out
this Madone to celebrate one of his work’s final Tour de France. You can just see on the seat there. 20 years in the pro peloton,
16 rides in the Tour de France, 12 rides at the Vuelta, and 1 ride at the Giro d’Italia, but that, doesn’t that look, it’s beautiful, understated. – [Simon] Let’s take a moment, shall we? Admire that.
– Let’s just reflect. Yeah, I’d buy that. Women’s racing has seen a
little bit of a shake up with the latest iteration of La Course, organised of course by the Tour de France. Stage one finished up
the mighty Col d’Izoard, and was won in simply dominating fashion by Annemiek van Vleutenn of Orica-Scott, who put 43 seconds into Lizzie
Deignan of Boels-Dolmans, who was, in fact, on the
lowest slopes of the climb, actually working for
teammate Megan Guarnier. – Van Vleuten’s time up the Izoard was staggeringly fast, wasn’t it? She now sits third overall on Strava, or times up climbs, we like to call to it, just behind Warren
Barguil and Romain Bardet, she conceded just one minute, 45 seconds to Bardet, up there. – [Matt] Do you know what she deserves for that performance? – A pat on the back? – Well yeah. – Equal prize money. – That as well. This week’s wattage bazooka! – You know what, Matt? To be fair, I think she
could’ve got wattage bazooka for stage two as well, which
was contested on the same route as the men’s stage 20
time trial in Marseille, and it worked, well very
differently to normal in that riders were set
off in the same order that they finished and
with the same time gaps at the top of the Col d’Izoard. – Yeah, it was kind of
like the Hammer Series. I think that’s the best comparison to use, but not on TT bikes, on road bikes. And actually, a couple of the riders, or three riders in fact, that
set off after Van Vleuten, rather than riding individually, because there were a few
seconds between them, they waited and actually
formed a trio of riders to try and work against Van Vleuten, I think quite a shrewd move. But, Van Vlueten was so strong, she actually extended her lead, I think by one minute 22 at
the end, so real dominating and comfortable victory by her. – In the men’s event,
which is as we have said, Tour de France.
– Le Tour. – I think we all know the results already, and I think, it was a mixed race this
year for some people, wasn’t it I think. The early departure of
riders like Valverde, like Sagan, like Porte, through crashes, and then obviously the bizarre disqualification of Peter Sagan kind of took the edge
off it for some people. But, personally, let’s not
beat around the bush here, I think it was a great race. It was packed with intrigue as ever. What was your highlight? – I agree, it was a
very, very different tour than what I’ve seen in the past, but my highlight, we’ve
already mentioned him before, was just the staggering,
a quite staggering riding of Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky. To me, he’s the embodiment of commitment. He’s the perfect team rider. The best of this duration, I think, came on stage 18 which
finished up the Col d’Izoard where he rode on the front
for kilometre after kilometre, and then he turned himself inside out, setting an infernal pace for Chris Froome to later attack off, dropping
half of the contenders as well and literally rode
himself to a standstill. I’ve never seen that before,
I’ve seen riders swinging off and end up at walking pace, but never actually needing
to put their foot down. – I assumed there’s a UCI
rule banning it, stopping. – Yeah, that might be a good idea. But anyway, he certainly
deserves this, didn’t he? Check this out.
– Strong social media output. Yeah, that’s good work,
worth a follow for sure. I’m gonna say Contador,
generally, was a highlight for me. I loved his attitude in this race. Now, yeah he wasn’t contesting for GC, but I loved the fact that
despite being a rider with his palmares, with the number of big race victories to his name, he was still willing to
let it all out on the road, and entertain the fans. That’s a great attitude to have, I think. – Post race interview that day he said, “I felt I wasn’t as strong,
but I wanted to put on a show.” And that, to a degree, is
what professional sports is all about, isn’t it? – Now we also, of course, asked you guys what you thought and amongst
the many, many hundred of responses we got,
we picked out this one. – This is from Wodiw Kcalb. Apologies if I’ve got
your name wrong there. “Seeing Aru in the climb where
he took the yellow jersey” “From Froomey was fantastic.” “That’s the highlight for me.” And that I definitely agree with. That was a special ride
by Aru on that day. – [Simon] It was. – Well, let’s not wait any longer. It’s time for our predictions. – I don’t think we’ve got
time actually this year. Just getting on the radio, no… – I can hear it. Johnny said we have got time. We’ve got time for predictions. – Richie Porte. He’s actually gonna do it this year, I think he’s gonna beat Chris Froome. – Umm… Nairo Quintana. – Chris Froome. – Mr. Chris Froome. (fruit machine beeping) – Well done Matt and Dan on holiday. What about the green jersey then? This is bad. – We’ve all gone for Peter
Sagan to win the green jersey. Now we’re not exactly going out on a limb with that prediction.
– We’re not exactly… – But it either means that we are going to get something right. – [Man In Center] For sure,
I am not agree with them. – Or, it’s gonna prove that
there is actually a GCN curse. You’re gonna feel guilty if he doesn’t win the green jersey? – I will mate, I will
feel genuinely guilty. – I think I would feel guilty.
– Yeah. – Do you think that’s why Peter Sagan has shaved his head to
look more like Lloydy to kind of deal away with the curse? – I doubt he’s becoming
like a kung fu master and he’s gonna come here. – Spooky, innit? I genuinely, that is pretty freaky. – Shivers up your spine. – Now before we leave
racing news this week, we’ve got to give a quick shout
out, wattage bazooka style, to the Cowley Road Condors. Apparently they racked up another victory, this time with Mimi, who
unleashed a one lap sprint. Now when you hear the lap
is over a kilometre long, that’s impressive. That is wattage bazooka worthy. Congratulations to you. (machine whirs) – It’s time for hack, forward slash, bodge of the week. And first up is this from Tim Thompson. A customer left it parked
in front Rainbow Cycles in Southern Pines, in the USA, while he test rode another bike. I mean, what is that? An unnecessarily large mirror, and then a bin liner and a plastic
bag wraps to the top tube with some old bits of rope that looks like has been washed off of the beach. – [Simon] At least the owner was looking at buying a new bike. I imagine the drag coefficient of that– – [Matt] That could easily, will be just, oh, tearing his hair out, wouldn’t he? – [Simon] That’s a
definite bodge, isn’t it? Although, it probably gives
him pretty good rear view, a rear view, rather. Right, anyway, this one, I’m gonna name this a hack
even before you even start. This is @Rowmarcus on
Instagram, who has basically got a remote battery,
charge an external battery to charge up his phone on his handlebars, for ultra endurance rides, but
he’s attached it to his bike using a mini pump holder, look at that! – [Matt] Would you try
that when you’re on your ultra endurance rides, now
you’re bit of an expert? – [Simon] I wasn’t
planning on doing any more altering after that. – Very, very short.
– Now I may be tempted back. Brilliant idea. – [Matt] Well next up we
have this from @Studio_Noesis over on Instagram. “My new custom 3D printed Samsung case” “Built in a Garmin mount.” “Good for navigation and
perfect for watching GCN” “When I’m out on the turbo trainer.” No, we didn’t pay him to say
that, he actually did it. That’s really really neat, isn’t that? Wow, that’s super pro. – [Simon] He can get a
remote battery hole there, attach it to his bike
with a mini pump holder, and then he could basically watch GCN for hours and hours and hours. – [Matt] Those two guys
should just hook each other up and just yeah, great. – [Simon] That’s another hack there. This one from Toby Loveday on Twitter. He said, “What to do with an old frame.” And he’s made it into like… Like a spotlight, like an anglepoise, but with no flexibility. – [Matt] I didn’t see that. So in the head tube, there’s a bulb. – [Simon] Yeah, look at that, on his desk. It’s cool, isn’t it?
– That’s cool, and arty at the same time. – [Simon] Fair play, I like that. Looks very cool, very cool indeed. – [Matt] And finally, we have this. That is a bodge, isn’t it? – Wow!
– It’s just… – [Simon] I thought
originally that looks rubbish. No, though actually
that’s quite a good way of getting chamois cream out, isn’t it? ‘Cause you don’t have to
dig your hand in and then… But then I thought, well actually, if you already pumped and wiped… – [Matt] You’re still gonna
get it on your fingers. – And then go back for another pump. Actually no, you wouldn’t, ’cause you’d a spare hand. Maybe it is quite good, maybe that is hack in the making. – [Matt] Maybe that’s just a vessel because maybe he’s got the massive vats. It’s save carrying it around
to races, he kind of just puts some of that little vessel there and take some of a little
disposable handy dispenser. – Well you could also donate chamois cream to your teammates. Easier than with a pot which is obviously, you know. – It’s like team chamois cream. – Yeah.
– No double dipping. – We’re gonna say it’s a hack then? Fair play indeed, that is a hack. – Gone to town on that label as well. – Yeah, nice font. – Time now for caption of the week. Remember, if you enter and we choose it, you win one of these
lovely Camelbak GCN bidon, very much sought after,
but last week’s picture was this, and the winner
is Sergio Cuellar, who said, caption, “It’s
Marcel Kittel, not Vittel! “Sobs.” 13 likes.
– That’s not bad. – Can’t argue with that, can you? – 14 likes, congratulations you have got a GCN Camelbak water bottle. Get in touch.
– Well done. – And we’ll send it through the post. Simple as that. – Well next up is this. Well it’s, firstly, Romain
Bardet with Emmanuel Macron at the finish of this
Tour de France stage. A lovely smile, first off.
– Yeah. – You’ve been practising , haven’t you? – Okay. (clears throat) And I said to President Trump, I understand your handshake
game, and I will beat you. – A bar set as high as ever. You know what to do, leave
your comments down below. – Sorry if that offended
French people, Americans, members of the globe, world, sorry about that. – On the channel this
week, on Wednesday we have how to ride in hot weather, although, there is a bit of a caveat
with that one, it’s yet to pass the censor or be released because it does actually contain
scenes of Simon here in well, without a jersey. So it could be quite disturbing. So wait and see if that
one actually does come out. On Thursday, it’s five
ways or five reasons that you should use a power metre. And on Friday, it’s ask GCN anything. – Saturday, we have Alberto
Contador’s pro bike, his new Trek Commander, and
then we also got another one, this time it’s my Trek Crockett
cylo-cross slash gravel bike with Sram 1 by. A lot of you were asking
about the bike that I rode in that recent GMBN video, so there it is. It’s gonna be out on Saturday. And then Sunday, if you watched the power
metre video on Thursday, and you don’t have a power metre, it’s your big opportunity to get one, ’cause we’re unboxing a Quarq D0 and a D4 power metre as well. And then Monday, workshop time. Happy days. – And then Tuesday… – Boom. Right back here. – On the show.
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