For a full race recap and file analysis by Hunter Allen, visit the Team Sky 2011 Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 race page on TrainingPeaks.com.
Team Sky made it two-for-two yesterday at the Amgen Tour of California as stage 2 winner, Ben Swift, passed the yellow jersey on to stage three winner and teammate, Greg Henderson. In an impressive display of power, Henderson averaged 955 watts for the last 27 seconds of the 5:31 ride.
Originally tapped as the lead-out man for Ben Swift, Henderson was planning to play the same role he did in yesterday's stage: get Swift into position and let him power it to the finish. A wrench was thrown in the plans when Swift got caught behind other riders. At about 150 meters out, Henderson realized that Swift wasn't going to make it to the front. He says, "I was so lactic, I was cross-eyed. I just wanted to sit down. I was absolutely blown, but I thought, 'I'll just try and keep my speed to the line.' I was just lucky enough no one could catch me."
Luck may have played a role, but Henderson is undoubtedly a world-class sprinter. When looking at Henderson's power file from the race, power expert, Hunter Allen says, "It's the highest Fatigue Resistance in neuromuscular power I've ever seen."
Read the full race recap with analysis by Hunter Allen on the Team Sky 2011 Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 race page.
Check out Dirk Friel's post-win interview with Greg Henderson:
You can also view the Stage 3 race file from Rory Sutherland, General Classification rider for Team UnitedHealthcare with analysis by Frank Overton of FasCat Coaching.