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1 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:08:27
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:02
3 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04
15 Rory Sutherland (AUS) United HealthCare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:15
Rory Sutherland's SRM Data
Total Time = 8:35
TSS = 16
Average Power = 414 Watts
Normalized Power* = 436
Avg HR = 178 bpm
Max HR = 188 bpm
Peak 1-minute power = 549 w
Peak 5-minute power =422 w
Peak 20-minute power = N/A
Avg Cadence = 100 rpm
Avg Speed = 35.8 mph
Elevation loss= 377 feet
Rory Sutherland rode a strong time trial to 15th place in the Prologue in Colorado Springs. A downhill course with the first 3 minutes and 40 seconds a steeper downhill section and even though that was a downhill, Sutherland really put out some serious power with an average of 397 watts. Once he was on the flatter section of the course, he was able to ride at an average wattage of 426 watts for the last 4 minutes and 55 seconds. Sutherland pushed hard in that last 4:55 and for an average speed of 35.2 mph!
For the entire time trial, he averaged 414 watts and his normalized power was 436 watts, which gave him an average speed of 35.8 mph for the 8:35 time. Interestingly his time based on his power meter was 7 seconds faster than his official time. With the starting elevation at 6100' and finish at 5820', it's surprising Rory's power was so close to his power when at sea level. This is a great sign for Rory and his adaptation at elevation, so it should be very exciting to see his upcoming stages.
File Analysis by Hunter Allen, Co-Author of "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" and Co-Developer of TrainingPeaks WKO+ analysis software. Browse Hunter Allen's training plans on TrainingPeaks.com.
Thank you to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and Rory Sutherland for allowing us to share race data and provide analysis on today's stage.
Data captured by SRM
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