Read it all here:
1. ...is training on Pico del Teide in Tenerife "an extraordinarily intense working environment, tailored specifically for producing a Tour de France winner." "Wiggins and Sky set up camp in a remote hotel in the crater that, at 2,165m
2. ...is very focused on TdF: “Nothing else matters”
3. ...fimly replies to critiques: “It’s so much easier for critics to start casting doubt rather than to appreciate what we are doing here and how everybody at Sky is working like dogs in a very focused way, especially up here on Teide. They don’t see how the modern sport is developing. They don’t want to.
4. ...is isolated and happy: "I’m a cycling recluse really and love it.”
Do you wander what is he doing there?
5. Numbers: “I did 32,000 metres of climbing around Teide during a two-week camp last month and, by the time we finish this latest fortnight, I will have done another 32,000 metres,” he says.“From April 1 this year to the day I line up for the Tour de France prologue on June 30, I will have done 100,000 metres of high-quality climbing."
7. Routine: “There is no other environment that can beat Mount Teide. We ride our bikes, get a massage, eat and then sleep. The we get up and do it again. And again.
8. No distractions. "There is nowhere I fancy walking to – and cyclists don’t walk anyway. There is no internet. Well, about an hour every night if you are lucky."
9. Quality: "It’s not just the altitude and the heat – although that’s a big part of it – it’s the volume and quality of work.
10. Climbing: "Just about every daily ride we do here ends with a 2,000-metre ascent up the mountain back to our hotel. Going uphill is just part of my life now. And a lot of those climbs are divided into efforts, 12 minutes flat out at threshold as if racing or staying with a break, and five minutes 'easy’ going at the pace you would normally ascend.”
11. Scenarios. Wiggins coach "is trying to replicate every possible Tour scenario"
12. Confidence: “I’m not nervous about the Tour anymore, just excited." "I know what I am capable of. Given a normal slice of good luck, I can get the reward I deserve.”
RSNT gave us a nice vid, here you have some words on paper. It seems Tour de France main contenders are preparing in the same way: altitude and specific training. Mental focusing is also an important part of the work. What about Cadel Evans? I'll find out soon :)