In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends
Over two decades on, how do Graeme Obree’s exploits compare? Having launched a high tech skinsuit and TT helmet this week, Endura has marked the occasion by getting the former hour record holder and double world champion into Mercedes F1’s Wind Tunnel One in Northamptonshire. There, aerodynamicist Simon Smart measured the wind resistance of Obree’s mantis and superman positions, then determined how these compared to Obree using a modern bike plus the new Endura tech.
Here’s an excerpt:
The crouched, ‘mantis’ position, and homemade bicycle, together so unmistakably aerodynamic that Obree’s intuitive genius is obvious even from a distance of 50ft, seems at once perfectly placed in this most sophisticated engineering environment, and utterly at odds with it. It is pure Obree, and pure Endura. Both have claimed the World Hour Record. Twice.
Obree knows more than a little about cycling’s ultimate test, having etched his name, in 1993 and 1994, alongside those of Anquetil, Coppi, and Merckx. Twice, he was crowned World Champion in the individual pursuit, and twice his positions were banned. Free radicals like Obree tend not to be welcomed by the establishment.
The ‘mantis’ position, arguably the most iconic in all of cycling, is only one test in a long day that will live forever in the memories of those lucky enough to attend. The ‘Superman’ position will also fall under Smart’s enormous microscope.
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