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The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?

Cavendish sprint finish

The 2016 Tour de France is three stages down, and it's 3 to the sprinters. This article, a republish from 2014, looks at the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert, Paolo Menaspa

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Eight quick thoughts on the Froome data

Froome yellow jersey

Chris Froome's data, or the first part thereof, was published in Esquire yesterday evening. Some thoughts on what it says, means, and what may yet be added

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Froome’s scenarios: The data, dilemmas and dark side of the moon

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Chris Froome's data is due to be released tomorrow. Here are my thoughts on what it shows, what it can't show, the testers, the process, and some predictive scenarios for you to play with when those numbers do come out

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Great power, great responsibility. Less power, greater speeds

Quintana and Froome

"With great power comes great responsibility", quoted Sky as they released Froome's power data from the Pyrenees. Only problem is that with less power than some rivals, he achieved greater speeds. Physics reared its head, and created impossible scenarios.

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Comparative and longitudinal physiology

EPO syringe

There's been much talk of how physiological data - a VO2max - would validate or refute cycling performance. The reality is, as usual, a little more complex than this. My take, some illustrative examples of the concept, and suggestions for how performance, physiology & biology can work together to tell the story

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Tinkov’s 3 Grand Tour challenge: Physiological, or folly?

Big four

Oleg Tinkov has dangled a 1 million Euro purse to entice cycling's big four - Contador, Nibali, Quintana and Froome - into racing all three Grand Tours. Is it physiological? Or Folly?

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The 2014 Tour: Performance implications & a reflection on the origins

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Very brief thoughts on the 2014 Tour, and a particular nostalgic moment to 2009, when David Walsh actually introduced me to performance analysis as a means to flag possible doping. How times (and nationalities) have changed.

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08 Jul 2014 Posted in 2014 Tour de France/Cycling Physiology

The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?

Pro sprint

What does it take to win sprint stages and the green jersey of the Tour de France? I explore the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert

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2014 Tour de France: Performance analysis ready

Tour 2014 map

The 2014 Tour de France rolls out of Leeds today. Over the next three weeks, the usual performance analysis is bound to ask questions. Here is the history and the context for that discussion

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