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July 9, Stage 6: Montargis - Gueugnon 227.5km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 5:37:42
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
162 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
The longest stage of the Tour at 144 miles and nearly 6 hours on the saddle. Chris burned over 4200kj, which equates to about 4500 kilo calories, so he had better eat plenty tonight. A very uneventful stage for him and he only scored 252 TSS points with an intensity factor of .65, which puts this stage in the range of another active recovery day and that is confirmed in his power zone distribution chart showing over 54% of the ride in his Active recovery zone. Active recovery is defined by less than 56% of his functional threshold power or FTP. I have his FTP set at 380 watts right now based on his previous files and the upcoming mountain stages will be a chance for us to see what he can do.
Chris is a super domestique and amazing climber in his own right, winning a key Mt. Stage in the Giro this year and the Queen Mt. Stage in the Dauphine Libere last year. He'll be a huge asset to Andy Schleck in the next two stages and I look for him to really shine there.
So far this week, he has 1670 TSS points and I expect that he'll have over 2200 by the end of Sunday. That's equivalent to 22 hours at your FTP in one week!!! That is alot of training stress.