Wow what a race! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the World Road Championships held this past Sunday in Melbourne, Australia you missed a great race won by Norway’s Thor Hushovd.
TrainingPeaks was well represented in all of the races with top athletes from many countries. One professional athlete that has allowed us to promote quite a lot of his race files in the past is Team Saxo Bank’s Chris Anker Sorensen of Denmark. You may have seen Chris’s power files from this year’s Tour de France.
When TrainingPeaks asked Chris if he wouldn’t mind sharing his World’s Road Race file he didn’t hesitate to say “no problem with me” and he went on to be about as vocal in his description of the race as well. In fact, “Good Legs”, is all Chris had to say as he sent us his file.
So, we didn’t get much of a race report from Chris, but what could be better than a race report that includes every single second of power, heart rate, speed, cadence and more from this epic 6hr battle!
Click here to view and download Chris’s SRM power file.
The results speak for themselves. Of the 200 men that started 25 survived to duke it out at the finish. Chris had a great race and finished 23rd after having tried to make the selection on the main climbs of the day. In the end he worked for his countrymen, Matti Breschel, who finished 2nd to Hushovd.
The first two hours were very easy as the peleton let a group of five riders gain a maximum advantage of 25 minutes! As the race entered the outskirts of Geelong the pace rose rapidly on the final 11 circuits. In fact the normalized power for the 11 finish circuits was a whopping 314w for Chris.
Lap six was a big decisive moment in the race when many of the sprinters were dropped and and their teams had to rally to try and close the gap. Chris was active on the front this lap where he recorded his maximum 2-minute power output of the day at 453w.
Click on the file link to interact with the data yourself.
Professional road races, and in particular World Championships, get faster and faster as the race progresses. Chris set his max 5, 10 and 20-minute power values all on the final lap. Chris averaged 358w for the final 6.3kms from the base of the final climb to the finish line. His max 5-minute value for the entire race was 373w on the final climb where the Belgian rider, Philippe Gilbert, attacked.
Chris Sorensen rode a perfect race but Hushovd certainly deserves the rainbow jersey as he was the best sprinter at the end of an epic battle down under.
1. Thor Hushovd (Norway).6:21:49
2. Matti Breschel (Denmark)
3. Allan Davis (Australia)
4. Filippo Pozzato (Italy)
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
6. Oscar Freire Gomez (Spain)
7. Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation)
8. Assan Bazayev (Kazakhstan)
9. Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
10. Romain Feillu (France)
11. Grega Bole (Slovenia)
12. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan)
13. Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands)
14. Fabian Wegmann (Germany)
15. Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Portugal)
16. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
17. Cadel Evans (Australia)
18. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
19. Niki Terpstra (Netherlands).0:00:07
20. Bj0rn Leukemans (Belgium)
21. Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation).0:00:13
22. Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)
23. Chris Anker Sorensen (Denmark)