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Tour de France Power Data: Stage 2 SRM File from Team Saxo Bank's Chris Anker Sorensen

casorensen_l We'd like to thank Team Saxo Bank, SRM and Chris Anker Sorensen for letting TrainingPeaks share the power file from stage 2 of the Tour de France. You can view the details and download the file here. Chris is riding in his first ever Tour de France and he is helping his teammate Fabian Cancellara defend his leader's yellow jersey which he won is Saturday's stage 1 time trial. Both Fabian and Chris stayed safe within today's first road stage while Team Columbia-HTC's Mark Cavendish won the final bunch sprint. Stay tuned to the TrainingPeaks Tour de France Reports page throughout the entire month of July for more updates, interviews and SRM power files from the world's best riders. TrainingPeaks is proud to be the official high performance software supplier to Team Saxo Bank.

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Giro d'Italia Stages 2-6 SRM Power Data from Team Saxo Bank's Matthew Goss

Matthew Goss has completed his first week of his first Giro d'Italia in grand style. He has finished twice in the top ten (5th on stage 6, and 7th in stage 7) and is showing he has potential for a future stage victory. As the Official Training Software of Team Saxo Bank, TrainingPeaks, along with the cooperation of Matthew Goss, is proud to provide an inside look into the life of a grand tour racer. Goss In our last report posted Monday, May 11th we provided direct links to Goss's TrainingPeaks public journal for stages 2 and 3.  He has now provided us with his TrainingPeaks Journals for stages 4-6. For a complete analysis of stages 2-6 please visit a special Velonews article posted here. Goss's racing and training details are managed through WKO+ and just like thousands of other athletes, elite and beginner alike,  use TrainingPeaks to communicate data to their coaches. Each day Goss finishes the race and works his way to his hotel room with his SRM in hand. Once he finishes cleaning up he downloads his SRM to his laptop computer by using TrainingPeaks WKO+. He then adds his daily comments and then simply clicks one button to send the data to his TrainingPeaks account. No e-mail attachments needed. From there Team Saxo Bank's rider development director, Bobby Julich, has immediate access to the data and the days comments. Click the links below to view Matthew Goss’s TrainingPeaks Journal entries and download his race files: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 The graph below shows the final climb on stage 5 up the Alpe di Siusi which took Goss 78 minutes to climb 25km at an average grade of 5.8 percent. He averaged 326w with an average heart rate of 166. stage 5 final climb The chart below shows the daily Training Stress Score (TSS), maximum 5-minute and 20-minute power output for stages 3-6. Stage 6 had the highest TSS value at 409, along with the highest 5-minute power output at 480w, and also the highest 20-minute power output of the Giro so far at 397w. stages 3 to 6 Feel free to make your own charts by downloading Goss's files from the links above and import the data into TrainingPeaks WKO+. Click here to download a free 14-day trial of WKO+. Start using today. It is easy to use and is perfect for the beginner and elite professional alike. Create a free account here.

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Team Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Congratulations to Team Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck for winning today's Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the oldest of the spring classics. Andy won this monumental race, also known as "La Doyenne", by leaping ahead of all the favorites with a confident attack 20 kilometers from the finish line on one of the day's final climbs. He soloed to victory more than one minute ahead of the second place finisher. Frank and Andy Schleck Frank and Andy Schleck at Team Saxo Bank's Februray training camp in California. Once Andy attacked and gained an advantage his Team Saxo Bank teammates, including his brother Frank, controlled the peleton over the finishing miles to discourage any organized chase. Andy and the rest of Team Saxo Bank manage their SRM power meter files with TrainingPeaks. With or without a power meter, take your training to the next level by using the tools at, just like Team Saxo Bank. To see more on how Team Saxo Bank uses TrainingPeaks click here.

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Race Files and Interview - Stage 4: Tour of California

The cyclists racing the 2009 Tour of California finally saw the sun today for the first time in 5 days. However, the more pleasant weather didn't mean the racing got any easier. KjellCarlstrom_Bike_200Kjell Carlstrom (pictured to the left) on the Liquigas pro tour team described the first 90 minutes of today's Stage 4 as "like a Tour de France start. Flat out. Really intense. It was quite hard. There will be a lot of tired guys tonight." Click here to listen to the full interview with Kjell Carlstrom. Kjell file viwer 650 stage 4 Kjell Carlstrom provided his day's race file tracked with his SRM power meter and uploaded to TrainingPeaks. Click here to view Kjell's race. gl tss cp20 cp4 to stage 4 470Once again, Team Saxo Bank's Gustav Larsson has uploaded his SRM power meter to TrainingPeaks and provided his File Viewer link to provide a glimpse into the effort and power required to race today's stage. View Gustav's race here. Or download his original SRM file to further analyze on your desktop in TrainingPeaks WKO+. Basically, what the chart means is that today's (2/18/09) Stage 4 was really hard and taxing on the body, but not quite as tough as Stage 3. In addition to Gustav's and Kjell's race files, Rory Sutherland riding for OUCH presented by Maxxis, has once again provided his data complete with GPS giving a complete map and elevation of the route. Rory rides with a wireless SRM paired with a Garmin Edge 705, both of which are compatible with TrainingPeaks. With the climbing in Stage 4 more than 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), it's amazing to look at Rory's file and imagine riding all those mountains in under 5 hours at an average speed of 24 mph (39 kph) with an average of 309 watts Normalized Power the way he did today. And as Rory's coach Adnan Kadir commented, "It's worth noting that there was 995 meters (3,264 feet) of elevation gain in the first hour and the average speed was still over 40kph (25 mph)." To see Rory’s File Viewer and download his SRM power file visit: RorySutherland_AToC_Stage4_FV_650 Read Dirk Friel's article on analyzing Kjell's, Larsson’s and Sutherland’s races. And find race files from everyday of the Tour of California on

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Tour of California Stage 1 Race File and Velonews Article

Team Saxo Bank's Gustav Larsson had a rough day like everyone else (racers and spectators) during Stage One of the Tour of California due to terribly cold and wet weather all day. To make matters worse, Gustav flatted just as a large group broke away from the main peloton... Read Dirk Friel and Hunter Allen's article analyzing the race and Gustav's performance on

Get a feel for what Gustav's race felt like to him by viewing his SRM power meter race file in TrainingPeaks' File Viewer (pictured). The all-new File Viewer has a lot of great new features, but some may be a little hard to find so take a minute and visit TrainingPeaks Support to read about all the new features.

Additionally, if you'd like to download Gustav's power file and analyze it yourself in WKO+, download the original file here. Please note that Gustav’s SRM zero-offset may need to be calibrated since his watts never go to absolute zero when he is coasting. We hope to have this taken care of for tomorrow’s stage.



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