Stage 1 Tour de France Analysis: Flecha from the gun!

Stage 1 Tour de France Analysis: Flecha from the gun!

Juan Antonio Flecha made the first breakaway of the 100th Tour de France, and stayed there from the first few kilometers until 37km to go, averaging 261 watts (3.3 w/kg) for 5 hours! What does it take to stay away for that long? See below:

Tour de France Stage 1: Porto-Vecchio - Bastia 213kmJuan Antonio Flecha
Time 5:19:37
Distance 220km
Avg. Speed 41.3 km/hr
Avg. Power 256
Normalized Power 291
kJ's 4,594
Avg. HR 135

With big sprint points on the line and a chance to wear the Sprinter’s Jersey (Green Jersey) for Stage 2, Flecha attacked with just under a kilometer to go for the intermediate sprint averaging an astonishing 832 watts (11.1 w/kg) for 36 seconds and hitting a maximum of 1193 watts. This is really impressive considering he was in the break for 150 km already! Lars Boom (Belkin) reeled him in and took the sprint.

During Stage 1, Flecha burned 4421 KJ - the equivalent of 30 butter croissants.

His 2-minute Peak Power was set on the only categorized climb of the day (Cote de Sotta). Flecha averaged 470 watts (6.3 w/kg) on the 5.7% grade, 1.1 km climb.

Check out the full data file from Training Peaks

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