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Training for grown-upsRIAN
Oct 16, 2002 5:40 AM
Quoted on "Cippolini's training program is simple he says. "This is the real secret behind Cipollini. Three days of training, one day of rest. Always the same scenario: first one hour behind the car, then two hours in the Tuscan hills then another hour behind the car, and to close things off another hour behind the motorbike. Every time I did ten sprints during which I would come up from behind the motorbike."

I am lost in admiration for both the simplicity and the directness of this training programme. It's really a replica of a 200k plus road race run off at a fast pace. Five hours work, just what the race would take. Two hours behind a car, probably around 45k, just the same as a protected rider in a fast moving peloton. Two hours in the Tuscan hills –good rolling stuff, not alpine passes, but still quite severe in places. This explains how he copes with the hillier classics such as the Milan san Remo and Tour of Lombardy, plus any cat 2 or lesser hills they put into the first 10 days of major tours. Notice how the best bit is last. All those sprint intervals from behind a motorbike with 4 hours plus in his legs. That's why he is always so dangerous at the end, and why lesser men will never out-sprint or drop him in the last hour. Three days on, 1 days rest. Exactly. That's the difference between a one-stage wonder and a multi-stage winner. Anyone who writes him off as a wheelsucker doesn't know bike racing.

In 56 words, all you need to know on how become a world champion.
Not quite "all you need to know", but I see your point.....rtyszko
Oct 16, 2002 11:41 AM
It is beautiful in it's simplicity though. I'd suggest that he probably knows a thing or two about how to eat, drink and rest to be most effective! He's the bomb, baby!

re: Training for blessed athletes on flat courses (Zolder)allervite
Oct 19, 2002 8:18 PM
One of the best sprinters ever, but not known for his training prowess or discipline. How many times has he finished the Tour? How many times did Eros Poli? And I was especially impressed with the way he coped with the Tour of Lombardy this year. The technique I am most unimpressed with is how he makes it over those hilly stages in the Giro: With his hand on one of his team mates, or one of their hands planted on his backside as they drag his incredibly talented, but spoiled italian (doubt the commisaires would look the other way for a foreigner) ass up the hill. For proof of this, check out the 2000 Giro video.

If your out to copy some pro's training philosophies look anywhere else (save for maybe Ludovic Capelle).