American Floyd Landis has put his time trialling to the test in a San Diego wind tunnel in the week prior to the Tour of California. The Phonak rider, who is currently fourth-placed in General Classification, at only six seconds from race leader Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), pedalled a total of eight hours for the research, and part of the outcome was a change in his position on the bike.
"I changed my sitting position slightly and hope that I can be faster as a result," said Landis, who is hoping to benefit from the latest findings in stage three of the our of California, a 27km time trial in San José. "The team and I will be trying to win individual stages and the General Classification. The race is very important to us because it's in the backyard of our presenting partner iShares and the Barclays Group."
While the wind tunnel testing will also have an impact of Phonak's bike manufacturer ("The results will also be sent to BMC, where they will be applied when constructing new bikes"), Landis is happy to start the season in his home state and looks forward to the 2006 summer. "It’s nice to ride on one’s home turf, and I’m in very good shape on top of that," he added. "It’s important to me and the entire team to get off to a good start for the season. That will boost morale for the rest of the season, during which we intend to achieve great things."