Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 14, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.

Tom Meeusen changes training after tests

by CyclingTips

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) turned to physiologal testing to explain why his power, and subsequent results, were not where he and his coach expected them to be.

Belgian Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) at the 2016 UCI CX World Cup event in Zeven, Germany. Photo: Kristof Ramon.

Belgian Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) at the 2016 UCI CX World Cup event in Zeven, Germany. Photo: Kristof Ramon.

“It felt like I was being called on the carpet,” said Meeusen about his team’s manager Sven Vanthourenhout reaction to his results thus far. “I’ve never experienced that happening mid-season. If they think you are doing well, they do not do that.”

Vanthourenhout did not deny that Meeusen’s results of Meeusen were prompting the need for a change, but said he was not trying to call him out either.

“It is certainly not that we wanted to call Tom on the mat,” said Vanthourenhout. “We wanted to change his training approach. More stamina, less resistance. In practice this means that, for example less training in the forest, but more endurance training at a higher intensity on the road.”

The change is training strategy seems to have worked, as Meeusen landed on the podium twice in a week, at Zilvermeercross and Essen. This was his first podium result since early November and the first podium in a race that included the powerful duo of Mathieu Van der poel and Wout van Aert.

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