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Stage 20 - Sunday, July 25 2010, Longjumeau - Paris, 105 km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 2:42:21
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions
4 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
120 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
Easiest stage of the 2010 Tour! FINAL STAGE! WOO HOO!
I hope you have enjoyed my analysis of Chris Anker's files, and many thanks again to the SRM team for helping to get the files to me each day. Yesterday alone, Daniel Gillespie of SRM drove over 4 hours, just to get the power file downloaded of Chris' time trial. They really do a ton of work behind the scenes to keep it all going. This year's TDF for me was the dawning of a new generation, where we saw more riders WITH power meters on their bikes than without. All of the top riders were using their power meters and that is a great change for all cyclists. Thanks also to Team Saxo Bank and Chris Anker for allowing to make this data public as it is invaluable for coaches and athletes alike to learn from. Finally thanks to the team at www.TrainingPeaks.com! I couldn't have done this analysis without them!
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Shortest stage and easy day for all the riders. Chris Anker deserves this easy day along with all the rest of the finishers! This was one hard TDF!
The first 2 hours was quite the celebration as the riders averaged only 16mph and Chris' average power was 103 watts with his Normalized power at 153 watts and a whopping 32 TSS for those 2 hours. Nearly a perfect recovery/rest day!
Once on the Champs-Elysees the pace picked up for the show and also because of the final race for the Green jersey and of course the stage win itself. It was a quick final hour with an average speed of 30.4mph and Chris averaged 267 watts(298 Normalized) in the race up and down the most famous streets of Paris. With wattage spikes up to 800 watts after each of the "U-Turns", the final hour looks the most like a criterium of any of the stages.
Examine the Quadrant Analysis Tab in TrainingPeaks WKO+ software and observe just how distinct the two sections of the power file are. With the Champs-Elysees portion in Quadrant I and IV, Chris pedals quickly as he has all the TDF. Quadrant I is high force and fast pedaling like sprinting out of the "U-Turns" and Quadrant IV is low force and fast pedaling, which Chris did to stay on the wheels in the peloton. This is contrasted by the first 2 hours in Quadrant III, when he didn't push hard or pedal fast.
Chris had a great TDF all in all and was the consummate teammate on Saxo Bank and played a huge role in Andy Schleck's 2nd place overall. From riding tempo on the front for hours, to setting a blistering pace on the climbs to bringing bottles to the front, Chris really did a ton of work.