1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo 3:47:36
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:10
3 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:00:26
94 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 7:52
Total Time = 3:55
Average Power = 265 Watts
Avg Normalized Power* = 330
Avg HR = 129
Max HR = 163
Mean Maximal 1-minute power = 558w
Max Maximal 5-minute power = 460w
Mean Maximal 20-minute power = 381w
Avg Cadence = 82 rpm
Avg Speed = 23.9mph
Flecha was highly active in the early attacks today as he knew that today could be a day for a breakaway to succeed. Unfortunately he didn’t make it in the winning move of the day, but he rode strong and finished easily within the main bunch.
The first 45 minutes of the stage was fast and hard with lots of little hills and attacks. Flecha made it to the front for a couple of good efforts and his best 5 minutes came during the climb of the Cote De Cuqueron, where he averaged 460 watts, which is under his best, but still a hard effort. In his attacks Flecha cracked out some max watts over 1000, which is under his best sprint wattages of 1200 watts, but plenty to be attacking with and breaking away in a tour stage. He had three significant hard efforts in that first hour and I am glad to see he made some good efforts.
Once the breakaway had escaped, he, like the rest of the peloton eased up and rode at endurance and tempo pace toward the bottom of the Aubisque climb, when the pace lifted as the climbers moved to the front. On the Col D’ Aubisque, it was obvious that Flecha had no illusions of riding in the front group and as soon as the climb started, he began pacing himself at a nice tempo pace around 330-400 watts, so that he would be able to stay with the main peloton and also to keep within the time limit. If you download and look at the TrainingPeaks WKO+ file, you’ll see that his Heart Rate steadily climbed up throughout the climb itself and he was able to regulate his power output very easily. On the descent into Lourdes, he had no troubles and while it wasn’t the crazy 62.6mph max speed from yesterday, it was right 50mph.
Today’s stage was an ‘easier’ mountain stage as he scored 255 TSS points (equivalent training stress of 2.5hours at FTP), burned about 4200 kiloCalories and had a normalized power of 322 for the entire stage. The stage was a great turning point for Flecha and great to see him being aggressive again in the first part of the stage and going for a possible stage win.
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File Analysis by Hunter Allen, Co-Author of "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" and Co-Developer of TrainingPeaks WKO+ analysis software.
Data captured by SRM Powercontrol 7.
Thank you to Team Sky Pro Cycling and Juan Antonio Flecha for allowing us to share race data and provide analysis on today's stage.
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