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August 28, Stage 6: Golden - Denver 115.9km
1 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:27:08
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy
8 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Rory Sutherland's SRM Data
Total Time = 2:28
TSS = 179
Average Power = 279 watts
Normalized Power* = 341 watts
Avg HR = 147 bpm
Max HR = 191 bpm
Peak 1-minute power = 595 watts
Peak 5-minute power = 483 watts
Peak 20-minute power = 422 watts
Avg Cadence =90 rpm
Avg Speed = 28.4 mph
Elevation gain = 2824 feet
Rory rode an excellent stage today and placed in the top 10 of the stage, right beside all of the top riders in the race. Rory had to work for it today and he eclipsed his best 1,5 and 20 minute powers of the stage race today. His new peak power numbers had to do with both the intensity of the final stage and also the lower elevation at which stage 6 was raced. Rory’s best 5 and 20 minute powers occurred on the first climb of the day up Lookout Mountain. Rory nailed 483 watts (6.3w/kg) for the first five minutes up Lookout Mt. (at 5900’) and then continued on to crack out 422 watts (5.5 w/kg) by the summit of Lookout Mt. at 7380’. The climb put many of the riders in the hurt locker and the field was split into multiple groups by the top.
Rory was right near the front and from the summit to beginning of the circuits in downtown Denver, where he rode within the top 30 riders. Once on the circuit, Rory stayed near the front to stay out of trouble and secure his 10th place overall in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. In the downtown Denver circuits, Rory averaged 29.8mph and averaged 343 watts (normalized) for 50 minutes which made the circuits pretty darn fast! In the final 4 minutes, the pace became frantic (an average of 32.4mph) as the peloton got closer and closer to the finish, and Rory averaged 439watts(5.8 w/kg) in order to maintain his top 15 position in the peloton.
Rory's 8th place finish today and overall top 10 finish at the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was thrilling to watch.
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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