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by Neal Rogers
July 26, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Guardian column: ‘Why I don’t think Froome will win a fifth Tour de France’; Landa: ‘I sacrificed myself without any benefit to the team’ on Izoard stage; BMC Racing announces contract extensions for Bookwalter, De Marchi, Schar, Wyss; Business Insider: Brailsford explains why Froome is so good at winning Tour de France; Nibali set to return to racing at Tour de Pologne in preparation for Vuelta a España; Cycling Australia to allow disc brakes in road racing effective immediately, with exceptions; Quarq launches two new DZero-based power meters; Abbey Bike Tools releases precision Saddle Fit Kit System.
Following Chris Froome’s fourth Tour de France title in five years, Business Insider’s Daniel McMahon interviewed Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford to find out what has made Froome such a consistent winner at the sport’s biggest race.
Among six reasons detailed, Brailsford spoke about how Froome handles stress, as on Stage 2 of the Tour, when Froome crashed.
“He knows there are highs and lows, but the way to manage chaos optimally — because it is quite chaotic in a crash like that — is to stay as calm as possible,” Brailsford said. “If he’s calm, everybody else is calm. When they all go down like that, you know, the pack — they stall, they all turn and they look at the wolf, and whatever he does next, they all go with him. If he’s calm and he says, ‘All right, guys — let’s go,’ boom, they all go again. If he’s panicking or kicking off, then they all do the same, which creates even more agitation, more chaos.”
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