From what I’ve read high torque is what I want to be avoiding on the ride.
On the ride yes, but that doesn't mean it cannot be beneficial in training. So the way this worked in the plan set out for me previously is that I'd have 4 blocks let's say:
3) Peak (? at least I think that's what it's called ?)
Each one of them maybe 3-4 weeks long.
So the strength and high torque work would all happen in the first block primarily, then afterwards you'd reduce the gym work to lighter stuff and start converting the acquired strength into power by introducing high cadence work, Threshold intervals etc etc. Then in the Peak phase you'd do whatever is specific to your event, i.e. sharp intervals and lots of capacity stuff. Then the taper reduces the overall load but keeps or even ups the intensity. By that time your CTL (I track that in Trainingpeaks) has dropped and you end up with Form.
That's how it was explained to me anyways. This was all set out for me by my coach at the time. In hindsight I found the low cadence stuff and dead lifts in the gym really useful. It helped me to cope with fatigue during the rides I did later, because I knew what tired and sore felt like.
Hope that makes sense?