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Another tough day in the saddle for the racers as today started off fast and furious again, resulting in a strong 12-man breakaway that almost stayed clear for the win. But in the final kilometers the few remainders of the break were reeled in and the GC contenders took over, with Tejay van Garderen edging out Christian Vande Velde for the win on the tough 3 km uphill finish on Mount Crested Butte ski area.
|1||Tejay van Garderen BMC Racing Team||3:52:24|
|2||Christian Vande Velde Garmin - Sharp||0:00:00|
|3||Ivan Rovny RusVelo||0:00:06|
Euser hit his 20-minute peak power in the final 20 minutes of the race, riding hard for his eventual top 10 finish. Climbing 800 feet to the top of Mt. Crested Butte Ski Area, Euser manages to average 26.4 mph in these 20 minutes after 3.5 hours of hard racing! Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Just in the final 20 minutes of racing, fighting up Mt. Crested Butte for his 11th place finish, Jani burned 333 calories - approximately the equivalent 1.5 chocolate frosted donuts. That's barely enough time for the guilt to set in. Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Once again the stage started off fast and hard. Duggan set his 20-minute peak power for the stage in the first hour of racing at 284W. You can see 12 spikes in power over 600W in those 20 minutes - translating to 10.2 w/kg for Duggan. For a 170-lb (77 kg) man, that would translate into 12 efforts over 785W in 20 minutes! Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
The role of domestique: Vandborg spends the first 2 hours of the stage working hard in support of his teammates, setting all his peak power values in the first 3 hours of the stage. Then he "pulls the plug" on the last few kilometers to the line, conserving whatever energy he can for the upcoming stages rather than fight for his own top position. Click the blue arrow to see stage data.