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1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 3:13:25
2 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:14
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:23
52 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 12:44
Functional Threshold Power- 400w
Total Time = 3:27
TSS = 254
KJ = 3499
Average Power = 282 Watts. Avg Normalized Power* = 322 Watts
Avg HR = 148 bpm
Max HR = 171 bpm
Mean Maximal 1-minute power = 518 w
Mean Max 5-minute power = 442 w
Mean Maximal 20-minute power = 393 w
Avg Cadence = 82 rpm
Avg Speed = 19.5 mph
L’Alpe D’Huez! What a stage. What a battle. Chris was right in the thick of it today and there was not an easy point in the stage for him. The first climb was the hardest for Chris and he rode just above his FTP for the entire climb up the Col Du Telegraphe, averaging 387 watts normalized. His Heart Rate was pegged to the roof and he was on the limit for the entire climb keeping things in check for Contador.
Near the top of the climb, he came off the front group for just a little bit as the road got steeper, but he got back on during the descent and was right at the front for the climb up the Galiber. The attacks came soon on the Galiber and Chris rode at his FTP (375 w) again for the first 6 minutes of the climb before he could do no more for Contador. Once the favorites were away, he went into tempo/endurance pace and rode up the climb at a solid pace (321watts) just in case something happened up front with Contador and Chris needed to help him some more.
Chris rode solidly along the valley leading up to the famed Alp d’ Huez climb and then kept his pace nailed at 330-340 watts for the entire climb, finishing it in 52 minutes in 52nd place. Stage 19 was another tough stage, but not as hard as yesterdays’ Stage 18, and today Chris created 254 TSS points, had a normalized power for the entire stage of 322 watts, burned 3499 kiloJoules or roughly 4100 kilo Calories. Chris has a time trial tomorrow and I hope he gives it a solid effort as last year he finished in the top 25 and it would be great to see him go that fast again this year!
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Data captured by SRM Powercontrol 7.
Thank you to Saxo Bank-SunGard and Chris Anker Sorensen for allowing us to share race data and provide analysis on today's stage.
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