British professional track and road bicycle racer Bradley Wiggins is one of the major contenders for the Tour De France crown this year, placed no 2 after the prolog on Saturday and having won the Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this year. His training program has aroused considerable interest, under stewardship of Tim Kerrison, an Australian coach with background in swimming who among other things was on the 2004 Australian Olympic Swim Team, in particular because Kerrison recommends that the rider dispense with the idea of using races as training.
“My coach has not been in cycling for long, he’s come from swimming, so I’ve pretty much been training like the swimmers train,” Wiggins told reporters in Bourg-en-Bresse. “I’ve been constantly training through the year, so it’s not like the traditional way for cycling, which is starting in January fat or in really bad condition, and then building, building and showing form in these races.”
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