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Marcus Burghardt, 18th stage TDF WINNER!!!!
This is it! What it takes to win a stage in the Tour!
Marcus did a phenomenal job today and was super aggressive and obviously wanted it bad. He was in the initial breakaway, but then that was caught and then he escaped again wth Feillu, only to drop Feillu on the Col De Parmenie. He caught Barredo on the descent and the two worked well together to the finish which was a 2hours and 52 minute effort with a normalized power of 309 watts. With 10k to go, the excitement started with Barredo attacking on the last climb the Cote de Sorbiers. Marcus repeatedly answered those attacks with huge 1300-1500 peak watt efforts and averages between 700-900 watts. Marcus fires off his own attack, but Barredo was able to bring him back.
In the final sprint, Marcus achieved his Peak 5 second wattage for the day with a 1347 watt effort and the entire final sprint lasted 16 seconds for an average of 958 watts. That is a SERIOUS sprint! A very impressive one indeed, especially after all the attacks that Barredo made and also having been in the breakaway(both of them!) for nearly 4 hours of a 4 hours 30 minutes stage.