2009 Tour de France  // Posts categorised as 2009 Tour de France

Tour 2009 wrap: Winners and losers

In attempt to alleviate my own withdrawal symptoms now that the Tour is over, I thought I’d do a somewhat tongue in cheek review of the Tour, styled as the Tour Oscars – the winners and losers from France. The first Oscar – The Contribution award It’s been an epic Tour, at least in as […]

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Tour 2009 rolls to an end

The 2009 Tour de France sprinted its way to an end today, and as was expected from about a week and a half ago, it was Alberto Contador who ended on top of the cycling world, winning his second Tour title. The finish of the race, up and down the Champs Elysees is a great […]

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Tour de France 2009: Contador VO2max

I came across this interesting piece on Cyclingnews this morning. It caught my eye because it’s an extension of a . In the article, Antoine Vayer calculates that given Contador’s power output on that climb (which he calculates as 490W for a 78kg “normalized” rider – more on that later), and with one or two assumptions to turn […]

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Tour de France 2009: Time-trial analysis

Alberto Contador showed in the Alps that he is the best climber in the Tour (regardless of what the polka dot jersey says), and today, he underlined his status as the number 1 rider in the 2009 Tour by winning the 40.5km individual time-trial in Annecy. For the Tour’s best climber to do so well in […]

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Tour 2009: Alps recap

I must apologize for the absence of posts in the last few days – work has simply demanded too much time squeeze out anything other than a short summary of the stages, and you can get plenty of those elsewhere, so I haven’t been writing. I am planning to be “back on the bike” for […]

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Tour 2009: Contador climb

Well, the response to the post yesterday describing Contador’s climb has been overwhelming – being in SA, I slept through most of your emails and woke this morning to a deluge of comments and analysis of the climb. Thank you to everyone for your input. It would be wonderful to do a more detailed breakdown […]

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Tour 2009: Contador takes yellow

Alberto Contador rode himself into the yellow jersey by dominating the mountain-top finish in Verbier today. An attack by the Spaniard with 5.5 km to go saw him open up a gap on the Tour’s elite, and then continue to build it. The damages by the finish line were 43 seconds to Andy Schleck (the only […]

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Tour 2009: Waiting for the Alps

The Tour has ticked over (as much as ‘ticking over’ happens when you ride 200 km a day in a bike race), and we’re now on the verge of the big showdown in the Alps. After the relative disappointment of the Pyrenees, the Alps provide the next potential stage for the big showdown for the […]

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Tour de France 2009: Power estimates

The Tour is currently winding its way through France, in what is another pretty sedate and routine stage so far. It’s looking like a sprinter’s stage, and maybe the battle for green between Cavendish and Hushovd. To pass the time, I thought I’d do a post on the power outputs of elite cyclists in the mountains, which […]

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