Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 8, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book

How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team

by VeloClub

Strong climbers such as Alberto Contador are known for their ability to ride out of the saddle for long periods of time but they have nothing on Greg Henderson. The tough Kiwi has revealed that he did entire training sessions without once sitting in the saddle in a bid to make Lotto Soudal’s Tour de France team. It was a goal he ultimately achieved.

Speaking to CyclingTips at the Tour, Henderson said that he had to spend weeks training indoors while suffering from bad saddle sores earlier this season.

“There was the option of surgery but our doctors decided against it as it can flare up again,” he explained. “We just took the time to let it heal. I was confined to a wind trainer in my basement, riding out of the saddle the whole time.”

Henderson said that he raised the front of his bike to mimic climbing and then gradually ramped up the training.

“The problem is to stay out of your saddle for 20 minutes is really, really difficult,” he stated at Wednesday’s stage start in Limoges. “So I had to build that up. It was 20, then 30, then 40 minutes. All of a sudden, once I got to 40 minutes I was adapted. So then I got up to two and a half, three hours out of the seat no problem. It was out of the saddle the whole time…I had to do it like that.”

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