Gerro’s Milan-San Remo Power Analysis

by CyclingTips

Have you ever wondered what it would take to win a classic like Milan-San Remo? What it would be like to follow Cancellara’s wheel while “lactate was coming out of his ears”? Well, Gerro being the great guy that he is shared his Milan-San Remo SRM files which gives an excellent insight to what it takes to be the #1 cyclist in the world.

Below are five snapshots from Gerro’s SRM data during Milan-San Remo. The first one is the overall view of the entire 298kms. The next one is the final 20kms where they go over the Cipressa and the Poggio. After that is the breakdown of Nibali’s attack where Gerro and Cancellara respond to follow and then the final 2km where Cancellara drives the pace like a “motorbike” and Nibali and Gerro hold on for dear life (the numbers explain why). And finally, the graph that shows what it takes to beat Cancellara in the final sprint after 298kms. Check it out…

But first, let’s watch the final 7.5kms again just to get the heart pumping:

T: Time / P: Power / H: Heart rate / S: Speed (mph) / C: Cadence / A: Altitude (ft) / D: Distance (miles) / E: Energy (kilojoules)

Gerro averaged 211 watts for 298km (nearly 7 hrs), 2100m of climbing, and burned 5600 calories. Keep in mind through all of this that Gerro weighs approximately 64kgs

2012 Milan-San Remo course profile

Final 20km: Gerro averages 300 watts for the final 20km after riding 280km.

Nibali attacks! Gerro pushes 1,188 watts to stay with Cancellara and Nibali on the Poggio. The three went over the top with a 5 second lead, chased by Katusha and Freire. Nibali and Gerro stayed on Cancellara's wheel as they came off the Poggio with a 12 second gap.

“He (Fabian) was going like a motorbike. He followed Nibali and myself on the Poggio, drove it over the top and was the best descender. Without question Fabian was the strongest, I can’t deny him that” Gerro said in the press conference. “He drove the break to the finish. I gave him one turn but he passed me again. I was confident the break would make it to the finish and I knew what I had to do to finish off the job and win. Fabian was racing to win in the finale. He perhaps thought he had enough to finish it off but perhaps he underestimated me in the finale.”

Final 2km: Gerro averages 400 watts in the final 2km as they approach the finish. Nibali refused to do a turn as he knew he didn't have a chance in the sprint otherwise, and Gerro pulled one turn at 1.8kms remaining to help keep the gap.

The Sprint: Gerro pulls out 1,300 watts with a 183 heart rate and 60 kph (after 298kms remember) to get him the biggest win of his career! Go Gerro!

Gerro outsprints Cancellara with one last 1300w effort. As a reference, most club riders' sprints are about 1200-1300watts after racing an hour crit.

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