Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 15, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: McClay wins GP de Denain; Johansson wins Euskal Emakumeen, stage 1; By the numbers: What it takes to win Paris-Roubaix; UCI makes it official: disc brake use is suspended pending further talks; Eddy Merckx: Disc brakes too dangerous for racing; How to beat the dreaded post race blues; Adriano Malori continues to improve; Philippe Gilbert to race Amstel Gold; WADA amends position on meldonium positives; Three Weeks To The Giro; Profile: Velocio’s Tayler Wiles; 1 in 20 among Melbourne roads closed this Sunday morning; Boonen on the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

By the numbers: What it takes to win Paris-Roubaix

by Stephen Gallagher

In the wake of Mat Hayman’s stirring victory at Paris-Roubaix, training software provider Training Peaks has released the Australian rider’s power file from the race. Today, Stephen Gallagher from Dig Deep Coaching dives into the data to discover what it took for Mat Hayman to win the 2016 Paris-Roubaix.

It was one of the best Classics races in recent memory, with Australian Mathew Hayman taking the biggest win of his career. And now, thanks to SRM, Training Peaks and Hayman himself, we have the rare opportunity to look at Paris-Roubaix-winner’s power data. We have taken the time to break down some of the key moments throughout the race, to see how it played out, and to see what efforts were required from Hayman throughout the day.

Hayman’s speed sensor dropped out after 177km — possibly on cobbled sector #16 — which made analysing the last 80km of the race challenging. Because distances weren’t recorded for the remainder of the race, we had to compare times in his SRM file to recorded footage of the race, to work out what efforts corresponded with what sections of the race.

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