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We have been trying to follow and post data from Jay Thomson after each stage but unfortunately Jay crashed along with Lance Armstrong and a few other big names today and was forced to abandon the Tour. Jay has a sprained wrist and a bruised hip and back. Fly V australia has now allowed us to post data from another South African on the team. Darren Lill is a rider you may have read about who won the final day of the Tour of the Gila just a few weeks ago. TrainingPeaks also posted his file from that stage and as a climber you might imagine Darren is a little guy. In fact he only weighs 129lbs.
Stage 5 Visalia - Bakersfield 195km
Avg watts: 228w (269n)
Max Watts: 925
avg heart rate: 145
Max HR: 177
Stage 5 was the hardest stage so far for Darren Lill of Fly V australia team. His job today was to make sure the breakaway didn't get too far up the road so that his sprinters would have a chance of winning the stage at the end. This strategy was chosen despite the fact that FlyV also had Ben Day in the breakaway group of six.
For the middle hour of the stage Darren took turns riding on the front with a few other riders from Liquigas and Garmin. The effort took it's toll on Darren as he averaged 286w for 60 minutes which is about 5w/kg! Pretty tough day for a little guy. When the main pack eneterd the circuit only 1 minute down from the six leaders Darren swung off and finished a few minutes behind the eventual winner Peter Sagan.
The Hardest Day so Far
Stage 5 was the hardest dayfor Darren so far when you take a look at his TSS which was 328. His previous highest TSS day was stage 2 at 315TSS. Stage 5 also produced his hghest CP60 value (286w) compared to the next highest of stage 2 at 283w.
Tomorrow is the real mountain tough and this will for sure the highest TSS and kilojoule day of them all. The race heads up to Big Bear Lake and starts in Palmdale a good 130miles away. This is going to be a 6 and a half hour stage and many won't survive to the finish. darren is in great spirits and is looking forward to the challenge Big Bear brings.