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Wiggins beefs up for world championship time trial bid

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
August 12, 2013, 17:20,
Updated:
August 12, 2013, 18:20
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 12, 2013
Race:
UCI Road World Championships, Elite Men time trial
Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

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Briton expects to put on eight kilogrammes to boost his power

After working hard to be to skinny and light to win the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins is beefing up for a shot at the world time trial championships, perhaps signaling an end to his Grand Tour aspirations.

Wiggins revealed that he will be close to eight kilogrammes heavier than his Tour de France weight when he rides the individual time trial at the world championships in Tuscany on Wednesday September 25.

He needs the extra power to fight for the rainbow jersey with Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin and Taylor Phinney on a flat and fast 57.9km course between Montecatini Terme and Florence.

After winning gold on the track at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wiggins lost close to 13kg during his transformation to a Grand Tour contender and eventual Tour de France winner.

"It's been a complete contrast because it was always a compromise training for time trials, as I had to be so light," Wiggins told The Independent newspaper after completing a ride in aid of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation near hi home in north-west England on Sunday.

"Now we've gone completely the other way and I've had to put weight on. That's been quite nice actually. Bizarre. My climbing is going to be affected massively by it. By the time I get to the worlds I'm going to be 7kg or 8kg heavier than when I won the Tour. I'll notice it. I noticed it in Poland. You're carrying extra weight. It's hard."

Wiggins will be 34 next April and it remains unclear if he will ever attempt to win another Grand Tour during his professional career.

A knee injury that troubled him during his difficult time at the Giro d'Italia meant he was not selected for the Tour de France and he spent most of July avoiding watching teammate and rival Chris Froome from following him in the record book as a Tour winner. Instead Wiggins spent much of the month training in Mallorca to be ready for the rest of the season. On Sunday he also acknowledged that Froome has earned the right to lead Team Sky at the 2014 Tour de France.

He rides the Eneco Tour this week in Belgium and could win overall thanks to the key mid-race 13km time trial. He will also be a favourite for the Tour of Britain in mid-September, his final build-up race for the world championships.
 

filipo More than 1 year ago
Gee, that's strange. Chris Froome weighs about 14 pounds, and he seems to have lost no power in the time trial.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
weighs 14 pounds?! most babies are around 8 or 9 pounds when they are born, so i doubt Chris Froome is only 14 pounds. are you confused?
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Didn't Wiggs win last years TdF long TT and the Olympic TT while being super skinny. What does he have to lose weight for, I thought it did nothing to help?
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Oh, and ;-)
JamesJohnson More than 1 year ago
Pseudoscience. Just because losing too much fat causes power loss, it doesn't mean you can get chubby and gain more watts.
jkool1990 More than 1 year ago
Yes, team Sky and their pseudo science. When will they learn....
tommy_nickels More than 1 year ago
The majority of the added weight will be lean muscle mass. His weight loss plan focused largely on losing upper-body mass (fat and muscle) and likely some type II fibers in his legs to mitigate mass and internal friction. Adding back some of that mass will hinder climbing but also give him more stability on the bike and slow-twitch fibers will be spared over short hard efforts (accelerations and short climbs). Or you know...pseudoscience.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
ok... I'll call BS... it's not that the weight is advantageous for TT, it's mainly that it's that it's not disadvantageous... so why go to the all the effort of strict dieting etc when you don't have to? The only real plus is possibly that you have less chance of getting sick from threading the needle too finely with your food intake trying to starve yourself...
ESPPODCAST More than 1 year ago
I'll call bullish!t for a different reason. See below.
goggalor More than 1 year ago
So he'll be adding over 4 kg of muscle in a couple of months? That kind of muscle gain would make a bodybuilder jealous. I assume he will be lifting heavy weights, eating a lot of meat and doing very little cardio.
tommy_nickels More than 1 year ago
The article says he'll be 8 kilograms heavier than he was at the 2012 Tour, not the 2013 Giro. 8 kilograms over three months would raise plenty of red flags, but gaining 8 kilograms over a little more than a year isn't anything extraordinary. Where did you hear that he gained 4 kg since the Giro?
goggalor More than 1 year ago
What makes you think he was heavier in the 2013 Giro than the Tour? He was saying he was in the form of his life there, he wouldn't want to be gaining weight for it. If he's supposed to gain 8 kg of muscle mass (in 5 months) then he has to gain over 4 kg of muscle for most of it to be muscle mass. He has to do this while still racing and preparing for worlds. Yeah right.
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Gaining weight, after losing it is very easy. If Contador wanted to gain 15lbs, I'd say he were crazy. If Cancellara lost 15-20lbs and kept it down for a couple years...then wanted to gain it back...it would be easy.
SiAp1984 More than 1 year ago
I know there have bewn plenty of steak jokes in the last months, but I can’t resist (apologies): As the headline suggests for Wiggins, Contador would really, really have to "beef" up if he wanted to gain 15 Ibs. :-D
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
body builders tend to be quite big and muscular in the first place, so putting on more muscle is obviously incrementally difficult. wiggins is 190cm tall and weighs sub 70kg, which is tiny by any normal standards. not hard at all to put on 4kg when you are this lean !!!! just like Wiggins probably couldnt lose 4kg, yet a body builder could!
red_flanders More than 1 year ago
Because doing all that is just that easy. Hey, I'll just lose weight in my upper body. Hey, I'll just add whatever type of muscle fiber I want. But no one else will be able to do this because Sky train harder and smarter. Who buys this stuff?
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
"Who buys this stuff?" More to the point; what part of it are you struggling with? Even recreational cyclists will be familiar with the significant changes you can make to your body through regular riding. So imagine what training can do to the pros who spend their entire lives on their bikes, in the gym etc. Can't see what you're struggling with!!
Ripper More than 1 year ago
LMMFAO that is too funny.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
where did he say he was going to get chubby? what are you talking about?
Ian Barber More than 1 year ago
So 8kg of extra muscle will not come in handy on the flat? Glad you cleared that up for me James, I won't bother going to the Gym any more.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
he's not talking about fat. extra muscle mass not fat will give extra power on the flat and allow a bigger gear to be turned. the world TT is pan flat this year, one small climb of 18 metres. Chris Froome could be an even better TTer if he put more muscle on, but would lose climbing performance too.
JamesJohnson More than 1 year ago
Increased muscle mass actually reduces capillary density and runs counter to other adaptations associated with aerobic power gains.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
sounds plausible but look at the worlds best TTers, generally they are of heavier build than climbers no? I know its all about the engine these days, but strength and core stability play a part too
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
that's interesting (re muscle mass/capillary density). wasnt aware of that. any good books on the subject that you've come across?
TheBean More than 1 year ago
Increased muscle mass does not decrease capillary density.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
not directly... but when you grow new muscle it will take years to build up the capillary density so that muscle will be able to perform as you'd like it to for sustained power... the new muscle is stronger, but not sustainably so.. and sustainable power is not about strength... very little power is necessary to produce 500W suitably.. apron. 100lbs.. so 50lbs a leg.. what it's really about is oxygen and nutrient delivery to those muscles and those cells taking that and transforming into kinetic energy... that's why a rail thin guy like Froome and a rail thin Wiggins in fact can TT right along with Cancellar and Martin.. muscle size/strength is not the determinant of sustainable power... aerobic and cell metabolic performance are... and TT performance is determined by sustainable power, aerodynamics and pacing strategy...
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Terrence, i'm beginning to like you. This is much more interesting than your barrage of doping hypotheses. What is the best way to you increase capillary density / aerobic and cell metabolic performance?
red_flanders More than 1 year ago
TT's on flat or rolling courses is more about power an aerodynamics than power and weight. Bigger guys with more muscle tend to put out more power. That said, I can't see how Wiggins putting on weight would immediately translate into more power. Sky sure do have a lot of transformations amongst their riders. Odd.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
I don't find it that surprising, I have transformed my build without much effort just by doing a manual job and eating more protein, and when I had some time off work last year due to injury I lost quite a lot of muscle just from inactivity
red_flanders More than 1 year ago
Sure, he can just add 8kg of the right kind of muscle in the right places over the course of a couple of months. No pharmacy involved. Makes sense.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Well of course he can put on 8kg pretty quickly. His Giro weight was sub 70kg and he is 190cm tall!!! Gains like this are not that challenging when you're starting from an extremely low base.
DerekandMartha Larson More than 1 year ago
Steroids do that.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
And this from the team where weight is lost and TT'ing improves. He did win the OTT last year, didn't he?
Tideplay1 More than 1 year ago
this does not make any scientific sense whatsoever. is he talking about magically lifting weight to have bigger muscles or just body fat. What the hec is this blather
cothercott More than 1 year ago
Well fat of course, he needs to be lardy to be more streamlined! ;) When he was a superfast pursuiter he was heavier. Cancellara, Martin - both bigger riders and suited to a flat course like the one for the Worlds this year. He's been winning races for years using quite a lot of science.
fruit bars with eyes More than 1 year ago
guys guys- you read it all wrong - when it says he is going to 'beef up' its a Contador thing - it couldn't be anything to do with weight- after all he blattered Tony in the olympic TT coming off the back of a tour win when he was skinny malinky long legs -
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Good one!
jkool1990 More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure Wiggins know what his optimum weight is for TT speed, Hence the increase. It was obvious he'd bulked up in Poland when he was 10 minutes back on the climbs and I highly doubt he just went back home to the pies after the Giro. If anyone in this comment section knows more about the rationale behind it than Brad and Keirrison et all I'd be a tiny bit surprised
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
well said.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
In fact.....jkool......Terence Martineau might know more than Kerrison and Wiggo put together, he knows everything there is to know about cycling, biology, aerodymanics and the Israeli/Palestinian f king conflict. Watch out for his comments my friend, priceless entertainment.
lifedebunked More than 1 year ago
But Wiggo couldn't win anything of note on the road in his heavier pre-Sky guise. The top trackie couldn't even score in the Tour prologue with 100% focus. But lose a tonne of weight and his TT performances actually improved. That's weird... So much of Sky's BS sounds like Armstrong's old rhetoric. Still, he's talking to a non-cycling media source here, so I guess they'll buy into pretty much anything.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
"Couldn't even score" - you make it sound like its something that anyone should be able to do at the drop of a hat! If you read his wiki profile (which is about 2 pages long), you will see that pretty much every other sentence in the profile refers to his TT performances. Maybe he didn't win more because everyone he was competing against was doping back then! That certainly seems to be the more likely case based on the number of doping convictions in other teams over the years.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
this is absolutely correct... contrary to popular belief.. in his career 2003 to 2009 as a pro he was pretty much a failure at TTs on the road.... exactly one TT as a pro (Tour of Dunkurk) and one prologue (Dauphine) best WC ITT was 10th also in 2007... wasn't 'til he lost a lot of weight and started concentrating on GC did he start to perform well in TT on road...
Doughnut More than 1 year ago
You can always spot a hater ;-).
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
So he won the Dauphine prologue and you think that represents "pretty much a failure" ! He was also 4th in the Giro TT. He was 7th in the World Champs and then 10th. He won numerous other TTs that you've not listed. How many TT's have you won Terrnece?
dra580 More than 1 year ago
I thought we had reached consensus that looking at results from a know dope-heavy era was pointless... If he was doing well then wouldn't that be suggestive of misdemeanors?
dhbemis More than 1 year ago
I am pretty sure that if he ate 800-1000 more calories a day and carried on his normal training, those calories would not be turned into just fat.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Isn't it amazing that so many of those who comment here seem to read the words of the article with little attention and therefore don't really understand them? Wiggo, with his experience and back-up certainly knows how to train and prepare for the specific discipline of time trialing (or time trialling, as i would prefer). Yet some readers try to pick holes in it when he is kind enough to explain what he has been doing. In last year's riding he had to make a compromise, losing weight to be able to survive the climbs. Now, for the rest of this season, that is not a priority so his weight has been restored to one that he can comfortably maintain and which suits him for the time trial. Froome, mentioned by some, similarly had to arrive at the TdF as a lightweight and make a compromise that could easily have resulted in less of an edge in the time trial, but he handled that compromise well and kept his GC chances going. What Wiggins is pointing out is that with his own current priorities no similar compromise is needed and such lack of need increases his chances of success in his real aim of the season, the world championship time trial. Surely I have that right? Why does that raise an undercurrent of sceptical (skeptical) comment? Why can't more people accept anything at face value. They can't ride at the same high level themselves so how do they justify the aura of greater knowledge? If those who do this really had greater knowledge they would be making money out if it with a place on the staff of a professional team. There's no need to impress us with your alleged superiority or seek to put riders down. Attentive reading and listening is often better.
DjangoFurioso More than 1 year ago
Thanks for a reasonable and well written post, wrinklyvet.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
because contrary to popular belief and completely and utterly contrary to what he says above... if you look at Wiggin's results as a pro.. he wasn't very successful in TTs on the road until he started losing a tonne of weight and concentrating on TTs... highest WC was a 10th place and one ITT and on prologue win from 2003 to 2009.. wasn't 'til he lost a of weight did he get a podium in ITT at WC.. again, the evidence of his performances runs EXACTLY COUNTER to what he's trying to claim here... those are the FACT...
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Correction: "he wasn't very successful in TTs on the road until he started losing a tonne of weight and concentrating on [GC]"
Tom Foord More than 1 year ago
Had weight been the only variable in Wiggins' life over the 10 year period since 2003 then you might have had a valid point. But of course it's not the only variable, and therefore your argument holds no water.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
??? you are actually arguing MY POINT.. lol... and that is that weight was/is not going to be a factor in him producing more power and/or going faster... it's Wiggins and some above that are arguing that it will be...
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Wat U talkin' 'bout willis?
LRI44 More than 1 year ago
Yeah. Which is why he's not putting all of that weight back on .... So stop speculating what will happen or saying how he's wrong to put weight on till after the World TT, and if he goes terrible you can tell me on the CN World TT results article you told me so.
Doughnut More than 1 year ago
He lost a tonne of weight, he's putting some of it (not all) back on. whats your problem with Wiggins?
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Terrence Domestiques generally have a big job to do for their team leaders. Therefore, more often than not, they focus on conserving their energy in TTs and doing just an 'ok' job of it but staying fresh to do their domestique duties the following day. So the fact that he only started really focusing on his TT performance coincided with him also focusing on being a GC rider, is no real surprise at all and completely logical. If that's the way you want to look at the 'issue', then this is your logical answer.
Peter von More than 1 year ago
it's a fact not all the facts. he had to loose some "track-fat" to be better in raod races, absolutely, but he also continued his track career through 2008 and so it was not until 2009 he could give the road races his full attention he did ride TT earlier to gain experience but his big goals each season until 2009 was on the track, either the olympics or the worlds. So i think it's right to say that Wiggins ideal weight for time trialing is lower than it is for track racing, but i don't think it's as low as his ideal Tour de Fracne weight. it does look like he isn't going to try and win any more Tour de France titles, i hoped he would sign with another team and have a go at the 2014 TdF, maybe he only stands a slim chance of winning, but so does Evans and he soldiers on, but i get why he would rather focus on other goals, maybe he can compete in some classics in the future.
ESPPODCAST More than 1 year ago
How does any of this sound plausible? Because someone cracked open a phys text once and says type II fibers? This is utter bullish!t. You just cannot lose and add muscle like this without some type of aid. First, endurance training is counter productive to muscle mass gains, and considering he left the Giro in may, he simply cannot gain 16 lbs of muscle tissue. Granted Wiggo has a different body type than myself, but it took me 3 years to put that kind of mass on with only legal means,including creatine, and not all the weight was muscle. Either the number is exaggerated to create buzz or he's on testosterone.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
[he's on testosterone] and/or HGH...
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I don't see anywhere in this article where Wiggins makes any claims about how much of his weight gain is muscle, so you are wasting your time with this argument. Nobody is taken in when you put the proposition yourself and than proceed to knock it down. Your accusation and the more direct one by Terrence below have no validity and are frankly disgraceful.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
lol... so, it's fat?? he's going to produce more power with fat?? maybe it's dark matter that he's going to gain?? what are you talking about??
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Yes of course - lots and lots and lots of weight that is solely fat. Yes, that's what I said. HO HO HO HO HO!
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Thanks for clearing that up.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
OK, all the weight gain is lard then. It might make him more aero?? :D
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
You of all people should recognise sarcasm.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Oh, I do. This is why I have such a huge smile on my face.
highfructosecorn More than 1 year ago
It's relative to his TDF weight which is from last year. Chances are 1) he's already a bit heavier now, and 2) not planning on dieting. And if you are starting from very skinny (as most tour GC contenders are) it's quite possible to gain a few (probably not 16 though) pounds focusing on strength type workouts like time trials are. And 6 hour endurance training rides aren't really the focus for a 60km TT... Every spring when I switch from mainly running to a mix of running and biking I gain a few pounds (like 5) of muscle. If an slow amateur can do that, I think it's unfair to not give a pro the benefit of the doubt until they're caught.