Tour de France 2011: Team Sky preparing for altitude training ahead of Alpine endeavours

By Brendan Gallagher

With the next year’s Tour de France spending a significant time 2000 metres above sea level next year Dave Brailsford, the team principal at Team Sky, has asked his sports scientist to overhaul his their training schedule for riding at such altitude.

A failure to ride competitively on the very highest reaches of this year’s mountain stages was quickly identified as the root cause for Bradley Wiggins being unable to get on terms with the main yellow jersey contenders and was already being looked into by Brailsford and his team.

Although Sky trained on all of the highest climbs in this year’s Tour, unlike most teams they did not organise long camps at altitude before the three-week race, but it is something they are seriously considering for 2011.

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