2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 7 Rider Performance Analysis
2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Stage 7 - Sunday, August 26, 2012
Denver to Denver
9.5 miles / 15.3 kilometer individual time trial
250' total climbing
Hat trick! We made our third correct prediction of the race before this stage: "Taylor Phinney is a good bet to win today's stage..." Phinney indeed took the win at today's individual time trial. The stage's second place winner, Christian Vande Velde, won the yellow jersey overall on the 9.5-mile, highly technical course through downtown Denver.
1 Taylor Phinney (USA) Team BMC Racing 00:17:25
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:00:10
3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) Team BMC Racing 0:00:19
47 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:01:32
Roman Kreuziger Stats Summary
326 Average Watts (Average Power)
29.8 Average Speed (mph)
161 Average Heart Rate (bpm)
Roman Kreuziger Performance Overview
Following Coach's orders: Kreuziger's coach instructed him to start strong and jump out of every corner, and he did just that. There were approximatley 20 corners on the flat technical course and Kreuziger had 20 jumps over 400W, 11 over 500W, and 5 over 600W! He also set his 6-minute Peak Power in the first 6 minutes of the race averaging 338 Watts (5.2 w/kg) - starting strong indeed.
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Stage Highlights for Roman Kreuziger
So what's with those funny hats? A study of aerodynamics published by VeloNews found that, at high speeds, an aero helmet will save you 67 seconds in a 40 km (25 mile) TT. In other words, if Kreuziger hadn't worn his aero helmet, his time would likely have been increased by 26 seconds...dropping him the same number of spots to 73rd!
Speed limit in Denver on most streets is 25 mph. Kreuziger was speeding the entire time during the TT, averaging 29.8 mph! Had he been "pulled over" at his max speed of 37.1 mph, he would have been slapped with a $135 ticket.
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