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1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 4:29:22
2 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Gobernacion De Antioquia - Indeportes Antiquia 0:00:04
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:00:07
49 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:01:20
Chris Jones SRM Data
Total Time = 4:30
TSS = 228
Average Power = 184 watts
Normalized Power* = 228
Avg HR = 148 bpm
Max HR = 190 bpm
Mean Maximal 1-minute power = 437 watts
Max Maximal 5-minute power =325 watts
Mean Maximal 20-minute power = 260 watts
Avg Cadence = 91 rpm
Avg Speed = 21.9mph
Elevation gain= 6607 feet
Chris Jones had a relatively easy day in the peloton today; even with the climb over the massive 3000’ Monarch pass climb that topped out at 10,818’. The Monarch climb came early in the race today and because of that, it really wasn’t much a factor in determining the outcome of finale. Jones rode at a steady and leisurely average 3.9 watts per kilogram up the 56 minute climb which is a wattage of 247 watts. Jones is a pretty light rider at 140lbs and combining that with the impact of the elevation makes those wattage numbers lower than we are used to seeing. The effect of the altitude on Chris and all of the riders today is roughly a 10% decrease in power across the board. When the elevation goes above 9,000’ to 10,000’ then factor in about a 12-14% decrease in power output. If we take this into account then Chris would have still only had to put out 4.2 watts per kilogram, or about 270 watts on the climb, which means the peloton rode up it pretty steady today.
The rest of the stage before the uphill finish on Mt. Crested Butte was all raced into a headwind and was a pretty casual affair with Chris spending 49.4% (2hours 19minutes), of the 4 hours 43 minute stage in his active recovery zone with most of that between Monarch pass and the finish. The final push up to Mt. Crested Butte was where all of the fireworks happened today and Chris averaged 316 watts for the last two miles of the stage, which equates to 4.9 watts per kilogram. Chris finished in 49th place, 1:20 on the stage winner Levi and did well to finish in the main peloton. Chris should be able to ride well tomorrow in the Queen Stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
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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