ClassicomanoLuigi said:"Science for Performance" blog downloaded Froome's GPX file from his 164-kilometer ride posted on Strava
... and analyzed it to guess at the wattage based on speed, gradient, air conditions, etc. Coming up with an estimated 205 watts average, including a 1-hour segment at 321 watts average, which was the part when Froome was really 'trying'
Yeah, I would say that is "suspect", in fact there has never been such a thing, that wattage figure is in an 'extraterrestrial' zone...Running the same analysis over the “Empty the tank” ride gives an average power requirement of 373W for six hours, which is obviously suspect.
Urán and Froome crossing the finish line at the same time...
... in a Tour stage for which Urán's real power-meter data (not estimated) was an average of 219 watts.
So, Froome's long Strava ride must have been motorpaced all the way, and the assumptions in the calculations may also be flawed. 244 watts average would be very inefficient for a rider who sits in the peloton and is deliberately relieved of work by a whole team contingent
More importantly, why has Froome been doing these rides, in this way? Is the intent really to make their best effort at a Vuelta simulation, while avoiding real lab testing? Or just to give the impression that's what they may be doing. Some people have pointed out that 25 - 30 hours on the bike per week seems like overtraining for very early in the season. According to the rules of the Anti-Doping Tribunal, all evidence to be used in Froome's argument is supposed to have been submitted already...... so any kind of testing or hypothetical reconstruction at this point is not necessarily admissible as evidence - only if the UCI agrees or if the judge requests itArticle 17 Further submissions and additional evidence
1. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the Single Judge, the UCI and
the Defendant shall not be authorised to supplement or amend their submissions, nor
to produce new exhibits or further evidence after the submission of the petition and the
But this ride was January 28th . according to the tweet posted by Pastronef, he was in a lab the 19th . so the rides
after have no links to the test? And when he said emptying the tank , he wanted to say emptying the tank of all the salbutamol he took during 18 days :lol: