I have been following Gerard Vroomen’s blog , Co-founder of Cervelo, for some time and always found it very interesting. Issues he “dissects” on his blogs have a very “personal view” and not always “in-line” with the main stream thinking.
Seems however, this “outside the box” thinking, is the edge which allowed Cervelo to became very successful on the world cycling scene.
Plus, he is a local talent and I would love to support him in any way possible. Promote his blog is the least I can do.
Following the World Road Race Championship, in his latest write up, Gerard reflect on the psychology of winning.

In the light of our event: An evening with ‘the coach’s coach’ – Dr. Peter Jensen, Thursday, Oct. 13thI thought it would be useful to pass on some of Gerard’s observations, concerning the importance of psychology as integral part of a winner or a winning move in a race.
For the guests at our evening on Oct. 13th, it may awake some questions they would like to ask and hear answers from a sport psychologist with proven track record and vast experience in this area, Dr. Peter Jensen.

From gerard.cc:

Were the Brits so good that they kept the tempo high enough for 260k so that nobody could escape? I’ll stick with my original statement that that is impossible. If every rider spends 35k in the front, there is no way they can keep a tempo that prevents people from jumping away. Obviously they got some help from the Germans (and from Ben King) and they were able to take their rest during stretches where the pace “slowed”, enough so that in the last 60k they could dictate a blistering pace. Still very impressive, but why did the other teams allow that to happen?

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Replies to the above article, are also interesting. Here is a taste:

This entry reminds me of the movie Hell on Wheels, where Zabel talks about how self-confidence is key for a sprinter. If you don’t believe that you’re the best, you’re never going to win a sprint.

But at the same time sprinters tend to trust their own power far more than that of their teammates. Cavendish is smart enough to know that a decent leadout beats a good sprinter anytime.