TOUR OF OMAN: THIS IS HOW I ARRIVED READY AT THE START LINE

TOUR OF OMAN: THIS IS HOW I ARRIVED READY AT THE START LINE

We are almost there, it will soon be debut-time in Oman and Davide Martinelli (Quick Step Floors) is busy polishing up his fitness levels. During the last days the training plan lined up a few tough rides, up to 170 km (100 mile approx.) on a couple of occasions.   “It’s true – Davide says – the last long training sessions take place a week before the target event. They are usually long distances with a workload that is not too high. Then, as the debut event approaches, you cut down in terms of hours in the saddle but you keep the quality high. After this phase, you carry on […]

PREPARATION: THE SECOND IMPORTANT STEP

PREPARATION: THE SECOND IMPORTANT STEP

CALPE: Team QuickStepFloors has just wrapped up the second seasonal training camp, where a great deal of work has been completed. It has been an important step to lay down the bases on which the whole fitness preparation is going to be built in view of the 2018 season. To sum up, the second of three major training pillars was laid down: the first being the one that took place at the end of December, the second right now with 900 km in the saddle, while the third and last one will take place at the end of the month, again here in Calpe, Spain. “I am happy with what […]

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL, I DO READ AND I AM WARY OF THE INTERNET

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL, I DO READ AND I AM WARY OF THE INTERNET

In between the days off of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there are those who, with constancy, have carried on with their preparation and even managed to put together two 5-hour long training sessions, on the 30th and 31st of December. A veritable tour de force that, however, perfectly fits the course of action within the fitness preparation we are now going to explain better. Our man here is, again, Davide Martinelli, SPH ambassador.   “Two days of base endurance at the end of December have become a tradition for me. I could count on the presence of a large group of amateur cyclists in my area, in the province […]

CYCLING: GYM, POWER LIFTING YES OR NOT? HOW MANY ALTERNATIVES…

CYCLING: GYM, POWER LIFTING YES OR NOT? HOW MANY ALTERNATIVES…

The pro athletes started over with their workouts with bikes too. Contemporarily they are training in gym and someone, as our Davide Martinelli, is also doing cyclocross. Work is differentiated between floor exercises and weights. Let’s follow the experts to understand how to manage this part of the season which is very important. You must avoid overload or excessive rest. “I go to gym three times a week, usually in the morning where I perform floor exercises and squat. Later I go out with the bike to transform the workload”. These are the activities which Davide Martinelli and his top level colleagues follow. “A lot of people is asking me […]

HOLIDAYS ARE GONE. HOW LONG TO BE BACK IN SHAPE?

HOLIDAYS ARE GONE. HOW LONG TO BE BACK IN SHAPE?

The end of autumn is here and for the cycling pros it’s time to plan the next season. Let’s start, with a mix of enthusiasm and programs. The target is to improve the fitness in the right way, without rushing. The first question could be: how long does it take to be back in shape? We can find an answer with Davide Martinelli, who started his workouts a few days ago. We should distinguish between the ones directly aiming at the fitness peak, and the ones who are planning for a target later in the season. I think that to be fast in Australia you need to do the first […]

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

After coming back from China where he took part to the last event of the World Tour season, Davide Martinelli spoke about this experience with SportPlusHealth. In China I completed a stage race very hard also from a psychological point of view. Usually by the end of October we are already in holiday. Despite this a lot of athletes arrived here in great shape. In World Tour races you can always find numerous champions and the competition level is high even if someone was more tired than usual. In fact the group was reducing in number more easily than during other races. Davide was in China to cover a role […]