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1. Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo 6:07:28.
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:00:19
3. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
36. Ian Stannard (GBr) team sky 0:04:46
250 avg watts
299 normalized power
345 Training Stress Score
158 avg heart rate
192 max heart rate
87 avg cadence
Ian stannard rode a great race in a support role for Team Sky. He was instrumental in making sure Juan Antonio Flecha and Mathew Hayman, who finished 9th and 10th respectively, made it up to the front group following the Arenberg Forest section of cobbles.
Ian Stannard works with Team physiologist Tim Kerrison.
Here are Ian's comments following the race.
"My job for the day was to be near the front from the start along with Brad (Wiggins), Jez (Jeremy Hunt) and Kurt (Kurt-Asle Arvesen), and try to get in the breakaway with out using too much energy. Brad got in the first breakaway which came back just before the Pave started. A small group went just before the first section and people tried to jump across in between sections so I followed these.
"We then came to the section just before Arenberg and I tried to help Flecha be near the front leading onto this as it sets you up well leading into the forest. After this we just wanted to cover any one trying to move off the front again and Mat (Mathew Hayman) got away which put us in a good position.
"I just tried to stay near thefront to deter other attacks and follow if any one did go. A bit later I crashed, chased back on but that was my race. Pretty much done."
As we take a look at Ian's SRM power file within TrainingPeaks we can see how Paris-Roubaix starts out with a fast pace as teams try to position and place riders in the early breakaway. This years early break was slow to develop however as the pace was so high (27mph for the first two hours) that a break of eight didn't get away until about the 100km mark. Back behind the leaders the peloton gradually increases the intensity as the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest aproach. This is an infamous section of cobbles which covers more than 2kms and innevitably ends the race for many of trhe riders due to crashes and flat tires.
Within Ian's the file you can easily how his heart rate rose over the course of the two and a half hours leading up to the Arenberg Forest. Not only does the intensity of the race pick up, but fatigue is also now starting to seriously set in as the Arenberg forest is right at 4hrs into the race. The top contenders know this is where the race really begins with about two more hours of racing yet to be contested.
Following the Arenberg section the main chase group slowly broke apart as Fabian Cancellara attacked on the last remaining cobble sections. Ian continued to ride strong in hopes of being near his two team leaders if they needed any support.
At the finish Ian finished a respectable 36th place just under five minutes behind the winner Johan Van Summeren of Team Garmin-Cervelo.