How To Climb Like Alberto Contador

How To Climb Like Alberto Contador


Alberto – tell us how you climb. You climb
in such an explosive way, you ride out of the saddle. Why do you use such a different
style than may other riders, like Chris Froome for example? Definitely, always in my life when I started
cycling I had the same style. Now, when you are in the training camp you’re also training
with more time in the saddle. But in the crucial moment, for me it’s good when I go out of
the saddle. Maybe my heart rate can be 4, 5 (beats per minute) higher, but the feeling
in my legs, the pain is better, I can put more power in the pedals. And then refresh, a little bit. Do you ride to power, or do you just feel? I feel. Of course, when you are in the race
and the team is pulling full gas or the other team are looking at numbers, you know what
is the situation of the race. But the problem also is that when you look and the wattage
is not very high and you have a bad feeling… …Like me now! …today is not your day. What kind of training do you do for the long
climbs on your own? Now, in the winter, in the first month of
training, you need to look for the power and have the maximum that you can in the saddle.
Because if you can go a long time, for 1 hour in the saddle you will be more fresh for the
last moment, for the attack. Also, when I need to put in big power, I go out of the
saddle maybe for 20 minutes. 20 minutes? There’s some Alberto fans! So
you ride for 20 minutes out of the saddle? That’s incredible. Sometimes in the beginning, in the first part
of the year I have more pain in my arms than in my legs! Do you do any other exercises? Because just
riding for one minute out of the saddle hurts your arms. Do you do press-ups or is it just
your body that gets used to riding for long periods? It’s my body. I don’t need training in this.
For example, I remember in the past I looked at different videos of [Marco] Pantani, I remember
I look after a stage of the Giro or the Tour, he has always a big motivation to go there,
but I cannot go here! After one minute, I have the legs psshoo! But if I go here, I
can go for a long time. So early in the stage you’re keeping the peloton
‘tranquillo’ with a low gear and save the power for later. Yes, because sometimes it’s a shorter climb
which is not in the profile and if you have 25 or 26 in the back you can go with more
cadence than other guys. Save that little bit of energy, save the muscles? Save the energy for putting up to 53/19 or
18 for attacks. Incredible. Which ratios do you have? Do you ride a 39
or a 36? 34? 39. You need to analyse the profile. Here
in the Giro, I think this year will be a little bit different than other Giros but I remember
2011 and 2008, after 10 stages you put on the 34 and the rest of the Giro you go with 34.
Because they are very steep climbs and you need to save maximum energy. For climbs like the Zoncolan and the very
steep ones you need the 34. Mortirolo, Gardeccia, yeah, a lot of long
climbs. Now… …you’re tired? I’m not as fit as you! We’re doing nearly 300
watts, I’m a bit overweight… …I’m 45… He’s bullying me, I don’t believe it! Hey, come on! Let’s go! This is not possible! You are not professional,
you need to train more! I was a professional…10 years ago! Now is the moment for attack. Yeah. Goodbye! Go! I’m finished. And now is the moment! Incredible.