Which was Harder, Tour de France 2010 or 2009?
In the 2010 Tour de France, we saw plenty of drama including crashes, cobbles, hills, and headbutts, as well as mechanical problems and controversial attacks. Some of the favorites left the race, and others saw their dreams of a podium finish fade away. As we look back on the overall outcome of this epic event, the question arises: as they head home for a much-needed rest, are the riders generally more or less exhausted than they were at this point last year? Which Tour de France was harder, 2010 or 2009?
259w vs 288w
Hardest Stage (highest TSS): 372 TSS (Stage 7) vs 370 TSS (Stage 17)
Easiest Stage (lowest TSS) : 127 TSS (Stage 21) vs 113 TSS (Stage 20)
TSS Total: 4,640 TSS vs 5,172 TSS
Those are impressive numbers! See how well you stack up: if you weigh 180lbs you'd have to ride at 499w for 20 minutes in order to be at Chris's level (oh, and do that in hour 5 of a long hard bike race). If you don't own a power meter head on down to your local gym and see if they have any stationary bikes which display watts. You can also inquire at sports medicine facilities and while you're there ask for a lactate threshold test to see how many watts you can pump out at lactate threshold. If you're Chris Anker Sørensen it would be in the neighborhood of 380w.
Read more in the full article to see numbers from several key stages of the race , including in the Tour de France time trial when Chris beat both Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador!
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