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Nice - Col d'Èze, 9.6km
1-Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky (19:12)
2-Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM (+00:02)
3-Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale (+00:33)
47-Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky (+02:17)
Wattage: 423W avg (426 normalized power)
Training Stress Score:39 TSS
Body weight: 73.5kg
If you thought Danny Pate was overly fatigued by the end of Paris-Nice think again. Pate proved he has more fuel in the tank as he rode a very respectable time trial and set his highest 20-minute peak power value of Paris-Nice at 423w!
By looking at the stage eight’s SRM power file it seems Pate has found some amazing form as he described after the finish, “It wasn't that bad today because when you're time trialling you can control how deep you go, and the climb wasn't super difficult. I still went pretty hard though because the TV cameras were behind me, and I think I averaged a 427W average for 20 minutes, which is actually a personal best I think.”
We certainly don’t know if this was a personal best 20-minute peak power value for Pate, but we do know this was by far his peak 20-minute power output for the 2012 Paris-Nice. Prior to stage 8 Pate’s highest 20-minute power was set on Saturday’s stage 7 at 386w. Less than 24hrs later Pate easily set his new peak 20-minute power by over 30 watts.
In terms of pacing it looks like Pate may have had those television cameras focused on him within the first half of the race. He blasted out of the start house and rode 454w for the first five minutes and he averaged 434w for the first half of the time trial. However his 2nd half only averaged 408w, which brought his race average down to 423w.
How does this all relate to you? Given that Pate weighs in at 73.5kg you can determine exactly how many watts you would have had to pedal at in order to stay alongside Pate. If you divide 423 (his average watts) by 73.5 (Pate’s body weight) you get 5.7, which means he rode at 5.7 watts per kilogram of body weight.
How much do you weigh? Multiply your weight in kilograms by 5.7 and that is the power you would have to maintain to stick with Pate and finish today’s stage in a time of 21:29. Try it for yourself. How long can you ride at 5.7 w/kg? Don’t have a power meter yet? Ask your local cycling club if they have an indoor ergometer that measures power and give it a try. Once you understand the benefits of using power to measure your workout intensity you will never want to ride without it.
Pate performed his role as a support rider for Bradley Wiggins just as planned. The week couldn’t have gone any better for Team Sky explains Pate, “As for the race as a whole, it's been a good week and we've performed really well as a team. We never missed any dangerous moves and the fact that everyone was strong meant we could share the workload equally. That's got to bode well for the months to come and we're in great shape.”
A big thank you should go out to Danny Pate and Team Sky for sharing his Paris-Nice race files. You too can log your workouts within TrainingPeaks just as Team Sky does. Create a free account today.