Today the Tour went through some familiar countryside of Paris-Roubaix. However, the race turned its back on the infamous sections of pave and instead took us on roads winding through beautiful rolling hills of lush fields with various shades of green. The stage profile immediately appeared like it was going to be an animated race and that’s exactly what it delivered. There was the usual early breakaway, heaps of crashes, Chavanel’s suicide attack with 5km to go, and Segan’s impressive win that nobody could do anything about. Sagan does it so easily it’s almost like he’s taking the piss on the rest of the peloton.
For those power nerds out there you can see Sagan’s SRM files from his win on Stage 1 a couple days ago. In the final 1.5km when Cancellara initiated the uphill sprint Sagan stayed on his wheel and averaged 493 watts in the last 2 minutes 20 seconds of the race (think of how much Cancellara was pushing). When Sagan came around Cancellara at the finish he surged to 1,236 watts and averaged 970 watts in the final 200 meters. Those are some big numbers, but he also has the tactical know-how to be able to win these races. And the kid was born in 1990…
For those of you reading who were at the Tour Down Under in 2009 you might remember Sagan’s first pro race where he joined Lance Armstrong and three others in a breakaway at the Cancer Council Classic. In his second year as a pro he won stages and the green jersey in Paris-Nice, a stage in the Tour of Romandie, and stages in the Tour of Cali. After that his palmares are too many to list and the rest is recent history.
He says he wants to wear the green jersey all the way to Paris. And why not? He’s already 43 points ahead of Cavendish and it’s hard to imagine him slowing down.
Stage 4 Preview
Q. What is the listed race weight of Lampre’s Aussie (and SKCC) Matt Lloyd?
Hint – page 144 of the Official RIDE Tour de France Guide.
Q. What is the UCI mandated race weight for a bike?
Hint – page 182 of the Official RIDE Tour de France Guide.
Q. ‘Il Campionissimo’ Fausto Coppi won the 1952 Tour de France by how much?
Hint – page 194 of the Official RIDE Tour de France Guide.
Q. Mark Cavendish won the green jersey last year. Name either the second or third place riders?
Hint – page 276 of the Official RIDE Tour de France Guide.