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1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack 25:47.08
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Cervelo s.t.
3 Rafael Infantino (COL) of UNE-EPM at :04
13 Rory Sutherland (AUS) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling at 1:15
Rory Sutherland's SRM Data
Total Time = 27:02
TSS = 41.2
Average Power = 379 Watts.
Avg Normalized Power* = 385
Avg HR = 170 bpm
Max HR = 181 bpm
Mean Maximal 1-minute power = 532 watts
Max Maximal 5-minute power =405 watts
Mean Maximal 20-minute power = 375 watts
Avg Cadence = 96 rpm
Avg Speed = 21.8 mph
Elevation gain= 1319 feet
Average gradient 2.5%
Rory rode a really solid time trial with excellent pacing. He averaged 385 watts (normalized) for the time trial, which equates to 5.1 watts per kilogram for him. He kept his cadence high and smooth between 97-100rpm for nearly the entire time trial, which allowed him reduce the strain on his muscles and allow his highly developed cardiovascular system to handle the effort at the high altitude time trial in Vail. Sutherland said, “I felt o.k., but just didn’t feel like I had the same power as the day before.” On the steepest section, 8.1% for 400 meters, he held 484 watts and then was able to recover right back to his threshold power* at 385 watts.
Rory killed it in the last 300 meters at 545 watts.
*Rory’s Threshold power at Sea level is 440 watts, but at elevation, it’s around 400 watts and then when he’s on the time trial bike, it’s between 385-390 watts.
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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