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We called it! Our pre-race prediction: "We will most likely see a breakaway on today's stage where a solo rider may survive on the final slopes up to Beaver Creek...Look for a rider such as Jens Voigt who has a massive engine to go on the attack in search of victory." That's exactly what happened today, with legendary "hard man" Jens Voigt escaping with the breakaway at the start, then dropping his 15 break-mates and riding alone off the front for more than 3.5 hours. By the time he hit Minturn with 5 miles to go to the finish, he had a 6 minute advantage on the peloton, and everyone knew the race was won.
|1||Jens Voigt RadioShack Nissan Trek||3:54:00|
|2||Andreas Klöden RadioShack Nissan Trek||0:02:58|
|3||Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team||0:02:58|
Establishing the winning move: Attack, attack, attack...and then attack again. As soon as the gun goes off, Voigt starts attacking, determined to establish a break. He has 4 efforts over 800 Watts in the opening 17 minutes of the race establishing a 15-man breakaway...whom he sheds before the summit of Independence Pass. He gained a 2-minute advantage on the descent of Independence that only grew as the race went on. Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Independence Pass take 2: Today the riders climbed Independence Pass in the reverse direction, cutting the time in half. Euser's stats: 1:01:44, 15.3 miles (24.5 km), 919 KJ, 248 average watts, 14.9 mph (23.8 kph). Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Like the rest of the peloton, today was not about trying to win the stage for Duggan - they were content to let the breakaway go, and stay in the main pack letting their teammates help them to maintain their own GC position (Voigt was not a GC threat). Still, trying to minimize the time loss at the end, Duggan puts in his 6-minute Peak Power effort about 10 minutes from the finish: 326W (5.5 w/kg), 768 Max watts. Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
The starts of these races are just unbelievable! What it takes to make the break: check out the flurry of power spikes during the first 7 minutes of the race as Sutherland attacks to make the breakaway that contained eventual winner Jens Voigt. Sutherland hits his 10-second Peak Power for the day of 843W (10.8 w/kg). Click the blue arrow to see stage data.