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July 14, Stage 10: Chambery - Gap 179km- Bastille Day!
1 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 5:10:56
2 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
3 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:29
4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
159 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:15:47
It's a Criterium in the Mountains?
Chris had a very busy day today with Andy Schleck in the Yellow Jersey and the whole of the Saxo Bank team on the front of the Peloton. He rode basically in a 5 hour team time trial today as Saxo Bank was glad to have a breakaway off and then could control the front of the group. The first hour was quite intense with lots of attacks and Chris having to respond to many in order to keep things in check. Look at that first hour on the graph and it looks like a criterium!
After the break goes away, then Chris rode a steady tempo over the Laffrey climb and all of the little rollers before it. He averaged 304 normalized power for the 29 minute Laffrey climb, which is 4.7 w/kg for him and a solid effort, but still not that hard.
On the Hour long Col Du Noyer climb he was not in the group or he got dropped up the climb and then rode in. Hard to tell from his file here. For sure though, he was in cruise mode up the Col Du Noyer and only averaged 268 watts normalized for the 17 mile climb. Chris finished pretty far down on today's stage, which was the plan as he just had help on the main climbs of the day in the early parts of the stage.
Not an easy stage though, and he scored 262 Training Stress Score points and burned over 4800 kilocalories in the 5 hour 41 minute ride. Nearly 9000 feet of climbing today in the stage, so for sure a solid day in the mountains. Keep it going Chris!