Robbie McEwen will not be sleeping in on the one rest day separating the Tour Down Under Classic from the start of the official Tour Down Under. Instead, on Monday morning at 9:00 am he will team up with announcer Phil Liggett and the Australian Institute for Sport (AIS) cycling support staff when he presents at the AIS High Performance Cycling Sport Science Conference.
After Liggett opens the conference, McEwen will deliver a presentation entitled "Winning Sprints in the Tour de France: Combining Power and Tactics." AIS experts will also give talks outlining their perspective on topics including carbon fibre bikes, bike position, power output demands of competition, preventing overuse injuries, hydration for tours, racing in the heat and monitoring training with power meters.
The conference is open to the public and support staff of the ProTour Teams participating in the Tour Down Under. Registration for the conference costs $50 and takes place at the Hilton in Adelaide from 8:00 to 8:45 am. Attendance is limited to 100, but proceedings of the conference will be made available following the conference on Cyclingnews.
Further information is available on the sit official website.