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1. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Team RadioChack (4:59:00)
2. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3. Matteo Carrara (Itl) Vacansoleil-DCM
27. Rigoberto Uran (00:1:36)
Body Weight- 120lbs (54.5kg)
Average Watts- 242w**
Training Stress Score- 371** (based on 350w threshold value)
Average Heart Rate- 157 bpm**
Max Heart Rate- 191 bpm
Max Watts- 1094w
Average Cadence- 87
**New record for the week
Stage 5 of the Paris-Nice was a classic mountain stage with two major category 1 climbs along with a scattering of cat 2 climbs made this a very hard stage. Rigoberto earned his paycheck today as he was one of only 30 men left on the final cat 1 climb and he worked for his team leaders until he was dropped at about 3km to go.
Rigoberto's Peak 5-minute (399w) was at the base of the final climb which is not a surprise given that the top riders send their teammates to the front to try and drop as many competitors as possible. Team Astana was one of the teams setting a very high pace at the bottom of the Cote de Vernoux en-Vivarais. The fast pace only let up a bit as Rigoberto also set his max 20-minute value of 366w on the final climb as well.
Interestingly Rigoberto's peak 30-minutes was recorded on the first cat 1 climb, the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret. Rigoberto covered this 8km climb stretch in 37 minutes with an average watts of 340w and an average heart rate of 176 bpm.
Tomorrow is the 27 km individual time trial which should establish who the true race leader will be. For the moment it is RadioShack's Andreas Kloden. Provided Rigoberto races the time trial near max effort we predict he will average about 330-350w. Stay tuned for more...
The following in an excerpt from Rigoberto Uran's TrainingPeaks Daily log following today's stage.
Today was a long day! Two hour transfer to the start and a two and a half hours post stage. Can't complain though, as we do travel in luxury and are able to start the recovery process as soon as we get on the amazing Team Sky bus.
As regards to the racing, well, that was hard and fast and as you can see from my files the race flew up the last climb and blew apart. Personally I am really happy with my performance and especially that of the team, with both Brad, Michael and myself making it over the last climb at the end of the race.
As we came over the top of the last climb and started the fast descent to the finish a small group got clear and we needed to control the time as it contained some of the favourites, so I jumped on the front and drove it "a tope" until I could give no more and slipped back into second in line. As I sat in second wheel at 60kmph behind a Rabobank rider I started to blow and then suddenly a 1m gap became 2m and then 3m and then bang, the legs just blew and I held my hand out, slung the 3rd placed rider up to the Rabobank wheel and swung off into lactic recovery heaven...
In the end, the group stayed away but we rode great as a team and limited the distance between the favourites and our GC riders. Following my crash it doesn't matter if I lose 3 seconds or 3 minutes, I am here to support the team.
Tomorrow TT!!! Con ganas y es una prueba que me gusta!
Stay tuned for more amazing race files as Paris-Nice continues towards the beaches of southern France.